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Connected Device Shipments To Exceed 2.3B In 2013

Stamford, Conn. – Gartner is estimating that 2.32 billion tablets, PCs and mobile phones will ship worldwide this year, a 4.5 percent increase over 2012.

The report, issued today, did not contain any surprises. Tablet shipments are expected to jump 53.4 percent to 184.4 million and mobile phones will grow at a much slower 3.7 percent with 1.8 billion units shipped.

Desktop and traditional laptops will see an 11.2 percent decline in 2013 with 303.1 million units shipping. However, one computing bright spot will be ultramobile laptops which will grow from 9.7 million shipped to 18.6 million.

Android-based systems will continue to be the worldwide shipment leader with 870.9 million shipping this year, increasing to 1.1 billion in 2014. Windows will remain second, due to PC shipments, and iOS and MacOS third with 271.9 million such equipped devices this year.

A Gartner survey found that smaller-screen-sized tablets are more popular with 47 percent of the respondents saying indicating that they owned a tablet with an 8-inch or smaller display. With that noted, Gartner expects these smaller tablets to be the main seller for the category this holiday season.

The other big holiday seller will be for hybrid tablets as people attempt to balance work and play, said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

On the mobile phone front, Gartner believes the categories growth will come from mid-priced smartphones in developed countries and low-end Android phones in developing countries.