We know that the number of smartphones and tablets shipped in the past few years have increased dramatically, but according to the latest report from IDC, the figures are going to cross the 1.7 billion mark next year.
According to the research firm IDC, the number of smartphones, tablets and PCs shipped in 2014 will exceed the 1.7 billion mark with a majority of these shipments headed towards emerging markets. From the 1.7 billion that will be shipped next year, 1 billion will be towards the emerging markets. India, China, Russia and Brazil will collectively constitute to around 662 million devices with a total value of $206 billion as compared to the 400 million devices shipped to developed markets like US, UK and Japan.
Without any doubt, tablets and smartphones will constitute most of these shipments. Pc shipments will continue to struggle with total shipments expected to be around only 300 million valued at $200 billion. The rest 1.4 billion shipments will be of smartphones and tablets and the total shipments will be valued around $500 billion.
“It is evident that smartphones and tablets have successfully established a strong presence as the ‘second screen,’ owing to the transformation in usage patterns, device affordability, and, most of all, the comfort of a mobile and digital lifestyle,” IDC analyst Megha Saini said in a statement.
As you can see, the growth of the total shipments has been dominated by smartphones and tablets. Typically the average price of a product falls with an increase in the number of shipments and in this case too we can see a similar trend. The tablet prices fell from $525 in 2011 to $426 last year. Smartphone prices too have fell, almost by 8 percent from $443 in 2011 to $407 in 2012.
High end devices would dominate the shipments arriving at developed markets while budget tablets and smartphones that come under $300 will constitute the majority of shipments to emerging countries.