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Forecast: global shipment of tablets, laptops and desktop PCs 2010-2024

In 2020, around 73 million desktop PCs are expected to be shipped globally, with nearly 200 million laptops, or notebooks, set to be shipped as well. Tablet shipments are expected to reach close to 150 million units in 2020.

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 a notebook computer. Research by Credit Suisse suggests that notebook shipments are decreasing steadily. Global revenue generated by laptops has been dropping since its peak in 2010, with one possible explanation being the falling average price of notebooks. Previous estimates suggested that, by 2015, the average selling price of laptops would have dropped 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 gains momentum. Desktop PC shipments are expected to fall from 134 million units shipped in 2014 to 103 million units shipped in 2016. In 2015, 13.8 percent of the world’s population owned a tablet device, with this figure predicted to increase to almost 18 percent by 2018. 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.

Shipment forecast of tablets, laptops and desktop PCs worldwide from 2010 to 2024 (in million units)*

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Release date

September 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2010 to 2020

Supplementary notes

According to the source, desktop-PCs include desktops and DT & datacenter workstation, laptops include notebook computers and mobile workstations, tablets include detachable tablet and slate tablet.
* Forecast.

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