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Gartner: PC Sales Drop In 2015 Despite Windows 10, Recovery Not Before 2017


Gartners latest device forcast predicts a decline of the  for 2015. From 2017 the relatively new segment of premium ultramobiles like the Surface Pro series should start to offset declining PC and Notebook sales.

According to Gartners Ranjit Atwal, “Replacement activity across all types of devices has decreased,” and “users are extending the lifetime of their devices, or deciding not to replace their devices at all.”

For 2015 's latest device forecast predicts contracting shipments in all device categories except for mobile phones shipments, which should see an increase of 1.4%.

Gartner PC market survey and prediction 2015 2016 2017 1Table: Gartner

Annette Zimmermann, research director at Gartner estimates that by 2017 mobile phone shipments “will reach the 2 billion mark, and smartphones will represent 89 percent of the market.”

PC market to reach bottom in 2016

Global PC shipments are expected to reach 291 million units in 2015, which is a decline of 7.3 percent year over year. Gartner expects the PC market to bottom in 2016.

“Until the end of 2015, currency devaluation and subsequent price increases will continue to restrain the replacement of ultramobiles premium and notebooks by businesses in particular,” Ranjid Atwal points out.

Recovery expected in 2017

For 2016 he expects that “currency impacts will negate and while products on the Intel Skylake platform will increase in volumes throughout the year, Windows 10 adoption among businesses will ramp sharply in 2017, where we expect the PC market to return to a 4 percent growth.”

Premium ultramobiles on the rise

While ultramobile shipments are estimated to decline of 12 percent since 2014, the segment will start to recover in 2016. Combined with strong increases of premium ultramobiles this will turn around the market in 2017.

Acording toMs. Zimmermann “The tablet market is coming under increasing pressure”,”Users of tablets with a screen size between 7 and 8 inches are increasingly not replacing their devices.”

Gartner PC market survey and prediction 2015 2016 2017 2Table: Gartner

Gartner's new latest survey conducted in June 2015 across six countries suggests that 44 percent of current tablet users want to substitute their tablets with a different device. The number is even higher for laptop users, where 54 percent might switch to an alternative device.

Source: Gartner

Last Updated on July 6, 2016 12:13 am CEST

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.

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