Tablets shipments soar, while PC shipments plummet, says Gartner

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Tablet shipments are expected to increase at a robust 67.9 percent this year to 202 million units, while PC shipments are forecast to drop 10.6 percent to 305 million units, according to the latest stats by Gartner.

Mobile phone shipments are forecast to increase at a more modest 4.3 percent this year to 1.82 billion units, according to Gartner.

"The increased availability of lower priced basic tablets, plus the value add shifting to software rather than hardware will result in the lifetimes of premium tablets extending as they remain active in the household for longer. We will also see consumer preferences split between basic tablets and ultramobile devices," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

Ultramobile devices include Chromebooks, thin and light clamshell designs, and slate and hybrid devices running Windows 8, according to Gartner. The research firm predicts that ultramobile shipments will increase from 9.8 million in 2012 to 20.3 million in 2013. Demand will come from upgrades of notebooks and premium tablets, such as the iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Android is predicted to extend its lead for operating systems in the market for PCs, ultramobiles, tablets and mobile phones, doubling its number of shipments between 2012 and 2014. At same time, Windows is predicted to stagnate and  BlackBerry will continue its decline, according to Gartner.

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