Global Smartphone Sales To Plunge 7% in 2016: Gartner
IT research firm, Gartner, has said that in a first, global smartphone sales will reflect a single digit growth of 7 per cent in the year 2016. The total number of smartphone shipments in the year 2016 is expected to reach 1.5 billion units, while the gross mobile phone unit shipments will touch 1.9 billion units this year, predicts Gartner.
The research firm also forecasts the number of global shipments for devices (PCs, tablets, ultra-mobiles and mobile phones) to touch 2.4 billion units in the year 2016.
”Worldwide combined shipments for devices are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2016, a 0.6 per cent increase from 2015. End-user spending in constant U.S. dollars is estimated to decline by 1.6 per cent year over year,” says Gartner.
Gartner also predicts that while emerging markets will continue to spearhead the smartphone sales, the sales growth figures will however slowdown in these regions this year.
”While smartphone sales will continue to grow in emerging markets, the growth will slow down. Countries such as India will help generate new mobile phone user growth. Sales of smartphones in India are on pace and will reach 29 per cent in 2016 and continue to exhibit double-digit growth in the next two years,” added Gartner.
On the PC front, the research major predicts the global PC market to reach a total of 284 million units in the year 2016, registering a slump of 1.5 per cent on YoY basis. Traditional PC units will further witness a YoY decline of 6.7 per cent in the year 2016.
”In 2016, the PC market will reach its last year of decline before returning to growth in 2017. The biggest challenge, and potential benefit for the PC market, is the integration of Windows 10 with Intel’s Skylake architecture. It has the potential for new form factors with more attractive features,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.
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