Global Tech Device Shipments to Rise 2.8 Percent in 2015: Gartner
Worldwide combined shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones will reach an estimated 2.5 billion units in 2015, an increase of 2.8 percent over 2014, says Gartner.Mobile phone sales around the world will grow to an estimated 1.94 billion in 2015, up 3.5 percent from 2014, while global PC sales are expected to fall due to price increases caused by fluctuating currencies around the world, according to a new Gartner study. Meanwhile, the combined shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones are estimated to hit 2.5 billion units in 2015, an increase of 2.8 percent from 2014, according to Gartner's figures. Global spending on computing devices such as PCs and ultramobiles is expected to hit $226 billion, down 7.2 percent from 2014. "The fall in PC purchases is primarily due to expected price increases by vendors in Europe and other regions, which is forced by local currency depreciation against the dollar," Ranjit Atwal, a Gartner analyst, said in a statement. "The currency squeeze is forcing PC vendors to increase their prices in order to remain profitable and, as result, it is suppressing purchases. We expect businesses will delay purchases of new PCs, and consumers will delay or 'de-feature' their purchases." This expected reduction in purchasing is not a downturn, said Atwal, but "it is a reshaping of the market driven by currency."
Mobile phone shipments worldwide, however, will continue their growth, the report continued. Mobile phones are the largest and most profitable segment of the global device market and are expected to grow by 3.5 percent in 2015, rising to 1.9 billion units, according to the report. "The presence of cheaper smartphones will continue to appeal to consumers, and counter the need to increase prices. Mobile phone pricing has been increasing over the last few years driven by a rising premium-phone average selling price, but now will remain flat or slightly down as the smartphone market reaches saturation over the next few years."