According to market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), forecasts for the fourth quarter of 2013 indicate that shipments for Tablet PCs will surpass total shipments of traditional PCs.
For the purposes of this market research, Tablets are defined as personal computing products that do not fall within traditionally defined parameters of Desktop PCs, portable PCs, and smartphones.
Mobile sales soaring
According to IDC’s “Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker,” tablet and smartphone sales will occupy 87% (16.5% and 70.5% respectively) of the worldwide smart connected device market by the year 2017. However, the report also indicates that 2017 will also show a total PC market decline of 13%.
According to IDC market research, the global smart connected device market that includes all PC, tablet, and smartphones, is set to reach approximately $622.4 billion in sales. The projected percentage of tablet and smartphone sales is expected to total $423.1 billion of the previously reported total.
Reorganizing the Market
The changing smart connected device market is swiftly reorganizing with the continued reduction in price points associated with previously higher-priced tablets and smartphone devices.
Megha Saini, a research analyst with IDC’s “Worldwide Quarterly Smart Device Tracker,” comments that “At a time when smartphone and tablet markets are showing signs of saturation, the emergence of lower-priced devices will be a game changer.”
Indications in the market also show that further reorganization may continue with the introduction of a new PC category that bridges tablet and smartphone categories.
Bob O’Donnell, IDC’s program vice president in Clients and Displays reports that “Over the next 12 to 18 months, however, we believe that the larger smartphones, 1commonly called ‘phablets,’ will start to eat into he smaller-sized tablet market.”