Mobile PC Shipment Growth To Slow: DisplaySearch


Santa Clara, Calif. - The mobile computing space will see a slight drop in shipments in 2011 as the market shifts away from netbooks and learns how to absorb the new tablet PCs coming online.

However, the category will continue to enjoy double-digit growth, said DisplaySearch.

The research firm is forecasting a 3 percent decline in growth down to 27 percent for 2011 on shipments of 227.7 million units worldwide.

Richard Shim, DisplaySearch's mobile computing analyst, said this decrease can be attributed to a declining netbook market and slow growth in emerging markets.

DisplaySearch expects netbook shipments to fall 20 percent year over year to about 25.4 million units this year. In addition, in the future these devices will find most of their sales success in price sensitive regions such as emerging nations and the education market.

Oddly, adding to the categories minor slump is the very hot tablet PC, Shim said. He pointed to the need for retailers and vendors to figure out how best to sell their initial offerings in the face of tough competition from the well-entrenched iPad. He expects his to lead to a small decline in shipments during the first half of 2011.

Tablet PC growth should hit 52.4, DisplaySearch reported, with most sales going into mature markets. This will give tablets a 150 percent increase over 2010.

Finally, laptop growth will continue to drive the mobile computing category. DisplaySearch's forecast has laptops with a 20 percent shipment increase in 2011.

Annual Mobile PC Shipment Forecast by Form Factor (millions)

Source: DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report

Worldwide Tablet PC Shipments by Quarter (millions)

Source: DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report


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