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

In 2020, 218 million laptops were forecast to be shipped, with nearly 160 million tablet units shipped in the same year too. In 2024, laptop shipments are forecast to fall slightly to 217 million units.

Global shipments of tablets, laptops and desktop PCs – additional information

Microsoft powers the greatest share of the global computer market , with 72.98 percent of desktop, tablet and console computing devices running the Microsoft Windows operating system.

The tablet market still has room to expand, with relatively low penetration rates in key markets. In 2019 the tablet penetration rate among United Kingdom (UK) households stood at 52 percent during 2019, and the tablet penetration rate reached 64 percent in the United States during 2018.

Shipment forecast of tablets, laptops and desktop PCs worldwide from 2010 to 2024

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Release date

December 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* Forecast.
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.

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