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Smartphones Will Outnumber Feature Phones Shipment Says NPD Forecast

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A new prediction from the market research firm called NPD, showed that the overall shipments of smartphones all over the world will actually outnumber the figures for feature phones this 2013. The source of the report, The Next Web, said that this would be the first instance wherein smartphones shipments will overtake the latter.

The Figures

The NPD forecast as featured by TNW.
The NPD forecast as featured by TNW.

According to the NPD forecast, smartphone shipments are expected to reach around 937 million units this 2013. On the other hand, feature phones shipments will only number up to 889 million units this year.

The source added that smartphone shipments have grown up to 1.45 billion units at a compounded yearly rate of 26% between the periods of 2011 and 2016. It pointed out that the figure makes up two-thirds of the mobile phone market.

Another research firm called IDC predicted early this year that smartphones will account for around 50.1% of the total number of mobile phone shipments on a global scale. The figure it released for the overall shipments of smartphones this year is 918.6 million, which is actually close to the NPD forecast.

The Driving Forces Behind the Growth

NPD expects the growth to continue two years from now. The firm explained that among the causes of the overwhelming demand for smartphones are due to their higher resolution screens, better interface, faster processing powers, very high storage capacities and other elements related to computing.

NPD also attributed the growth of the smartphone shipments to the development of 3G and 4G technologies which enable faster download speeds. Then, the introduction of units which are below the $200 range is another factor in the growth.

Moreover, the continuous increase in terms of screen sizes for the new smartphones is contributing to the trend said NPD. In the smartphone category, 57% of the shipped units will have between 4 inches to 5 inches of screen.

Source: The Next Web