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Forecast for global shipments of tablets, laptops and desktop PCs from 2010 to 2017 (in million units)

This statistic shows global shipment figures for tablets, laptops and desktop PCs from 2010 to 2012 and also offers a forecast until 2017. In 2010, around 19 million tablets were shipped worldwide. The source predicts that this figure will increase to 332 million by 2015.


Global shipments of tablets, laptops and desktop PC’s – additional information

A laptop refers to a portable personal computer which is suitable for mobile use, also known as notebook computer. According to the graphic, global shipments of laptops will remain mostly stable until 2017, ranging from 180.9 million units in 2010 to 209 million units in 2017, respectively. A research by Credit Suisse shows that the global revenue generated by laptops is dropping since its peak in 2010. A possible explanation might be the falling average price of notebooks. By 2015, the average selling price of a laptop is forecast to drop by 65 percent compared to 2005.

Meanwhile, the desktop PC segment is projected to lose popularity over the next few years, as the tablet market will gain momentum. Global tablet shipments will hit 406.8 million units by 2017. In 2014, 20.7 percent of the world’s population owned a tablet device, representing a 29 percent growth over the previous year. One factor behind this trend resides in the preference of emerging markets for mobile devices over desktop computers. Consumers in emerging markets typically start out with mobile phones and then directly move to tablets instead of desktop computers, according to an analysis of IDC.

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 Desktop-PCsLaptopsTablets
2010 157 201 19
2011 155 209 76
2012 148 201 145
2013* 134.4 180.9 227.3
2014* 131 187 287
2015* 129 194 332
2016* 127 202 375
2017* 123.11 196.6 406.8
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