Shipment forecast of laptops, desktop PCs and tablets worldwide from 2010 to 2020 (in million units)

This statistic shows global shipment figures for tablets, laptops and desktop PCs from 2010 to 2015 and also offers a forecast up to 2020. In 2019, around 273 million tablets were expected to ship worldwide.

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. According to the graphic, global shipments of laptops will remain mostly stable until 2017, with shipments ranging from 180.9 million units in 2010 to 209 million units in 2017, respectively. Research by Credit Suisse also 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 2019. Global tablet shipments, on the other hand, will hit 406.8 million units shipped per year 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.

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2010 157 201 19
2011 155 209 76
2012 148 201 145
2013 134.4 180.9 219.9
2014 133.85 174.28 230.1
2015 113.6 163.1 208
2016** 103.5 154.7 182
2019** 102.6 170 180
2020** 94.6 154.5 185
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