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Gartner Forecasts Global Device Shipments Will Grow 0.9% in 2020

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5G Mobile Phones’ Market Share Will Grow Rapidly, From 12% in 2020 to 43% in 2022

Worldwide shipments of devices — PCs, tablets and mobile phones — will total 2.16 billion units in 2020, an increase of 0.9% from 2019, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2019, global shipments of devices totaled 2.15 billion units.

“2020 will witness a slight market recovery,” said Ranjit Atwal, research senior director at Gartner. “Increased availability of 5G handsets will boost mobile phone replacements, which will lead global device shipments to return to growth in 2020.”

The worldwide mobile phone market is on course to grow by 1.7% in 2020 (see Table 1). Shipments of smartphones were weak in 2019, recording a 2% decline year over year, but are expected to grow in 2020, particularly in Greater China and emerging markets in Asia/Pacific.

Gartner estimates that 5G models will account for 12% of mobile phone shipments in 2020, and that will reach 43% by 2022. “From 2020, Gartner expects an increase in 5G phone adoption as prices decrease, 5G service coverage increases and users have better experiences with 5G phones. The market will experience a further increase in 2023, when 5G handsets will account for over 50% of the mobile phones shipped,” said Mr. Atwal.

Table 1

Worldwide Device Shipments by Device Type, 2020-2022 (Millions of Units)

Device Type 2020 2021 2022
Traditional PCs (Desk-Based and Notebook) 178,279 169,891 161,672
Ultramobiles (Premium) 72,529 76,789 80,036
Total PC Market 250,807 246,680 241,708
Ultramobiles (Basic and Utility) 138,712 134,255 132,465
Computing Device Market 389,519 380,935 374,173
Mobile Phones 1, 776,779 1, 771,242 1, 756,936
Total Device Market 2, 166,298 2, 152,177 2, 131,109

Due to rounding, some figures may not add up precisely to the totals shown.

Source: Gartner (January 2020)

Global PC Market to Decline in 2020 and Beyond

Even after experiencing a return to growth in 2019, PC shipments are still forecast to decline in 2020 and beyond. Through 2020, this market will be affected by the end of the migration to Windows 10.

After three years of growth in the professional PC market, replacement levels will decrease. However, there will be opportunities for professional PC replacements through 2020. The Chinese government launched the locally manufactured “secure and reliable PC” initiative, which stalled in 2019, but such initiatives should gain momentum in 2020.

In addition, there is a “long tail” of upgrades from small and midsize businesses across emerging regions as they react to Microsoft’s withdrawal of support for Windows 7 on 14 January 2020. Gartner estimates that one billion PCs will have migrated to Windows 10 through 2020 — around 80% of all PCs in use.

“The PC market’s future is unpredictable because there will not be a Windows 11. Instead, Windows 10 will be upgraded systematically through regular updates,” said Mr. Atwal “As a result, peaks in PC hardware upgrade cycles driven by an entire Windows OS upgrade will end.”

Gartner clients can read more in “Forecast: PCs, Ultramobiles and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 2017-2023, 4Q19 Update.”

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