IDC predicts tablet shipments will exceed those of portable PCs this year, while global shipments of tablets will eclipse all personal computers in 2015, as consumers flock to lower-priced and smaller alternatives like Apple’s iPad, according to market researcher IDC.
Tablet shipments are projected to grow 45 percent this year reaching 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units last year. By 2015, some 332.4 million tablets are expected to sell, compared with an estimated 322.7 million PCs. In 2013, the average selling price of a PC in 2013 was nearly double that of a tablet at $635.
The current tablet expansion has been increasingly fueled by low-cost Android devices. In the space of two quarters the sub-8-inch category has exploded to overtake the larger-sized segment in terms of total shipments.
PC shipments may decline 7.8 percent this year, the worst annual drop on record, the researcher said, a revision from its prior projection for a 1.3 percent decrease.
ABI Research says smartphones now outsell regular feature phones. It provides sales data and insight on the world’s 12 biggest handset makers in Q1 2013.