Sep 13, 2013

    Tablet shipments to pip those of PCs in Q4

    AS THE market for smartphones and tablets matures, lower-priced models are becoming more popular, according to a new report by research firm IDC.

    Smartphones and tablets costing less than US$350 (S$444) will account for 68 per cent of all connected-device shipments. The average selling price for the gadgets will shrink to US$323 by 2017 from US$462 last year, IDC said.

    Tablet-computer shipments will top those of personal computers for the first time in the fourth quarter, said IDC, as consumers continue to favour mobile devices over laptops and desktops.

    Tablet shipments will hit 84.1 million units in the fourth quarter, compared with 83.1 million for PCs.

    The total market for Internet-connected devices of desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets will rise 28 per cent to US$622.4 billion this year and hit US$735.1 billion by the end of 2015, the research group said.

    The growth of smartphones and tablets is making up for a projected 10 per cent fall in PC sales this year. The shift to mobile devices is creating new winners and losers in the technology industry.

    While Apple, Google and Samsung Electronics have benefited, stalwarts of the PC business like Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Intel have seen stagnating sales.