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Tablets expected to enjoy market share growth

Market intelligence analyst IDC forecasts growth for tablets and smartphones to the detriment of traditional desktop PCs.

The future is looking healthy for tablet computers and their smartphone cousins. A press release issued by research analysts at IDC (December 10, 2012) suggests that the worldwide Smart Connected Device Market will continue to see increased share growth for tablets and smartphones at the expense of desktop PCs and notebooks. Manufacturers leading this future of smart connectivity include Samsung and Apple, with Lenovo hot on their heels.

IDC quotes these 2012 percentages of total market share and their 2016 forecasts: desktop PCs 12.5% (2012) and 7.2% (2016), portable PCs 17.2% (2012) and 12.8% (2016), smartphones 60.1% (2012) and 66.7% (2016) and tablets 10.2% (2012) and 13.4% (2016). It is not exactly the death knell for the desktop PC yet, as IDC predicts 151 million unit shipments by 2016, which is still a respectable amount of devices.

Other predictions made by IDC include a global value of the 2016 Smart Connected Device Market at an incredible $796.7 billion, with over 2.1 billion devices being shipped. Reasons for this growth include consumers' desire to stay connected wherever they are and the availability of cloud computing, thus negating the need for bulky hard drives. While Samsung and Apple continue to enjoy market share growth in this sector, HP and Sony remain comparatively lethargic in creating innovative smart devices to compete more efficiently with the market leaders. No doubt HP will be hoping their EliteBook Revolve tablet, scheduled for worldwide release in March 2013, will help them regain market share.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2012-12-10 (Update: 2012-12-11)