Entries with tag hardware market forecasts.

Market Research Firm: Phablet Shipments Set to Surpass 175 Million

Mobile devices known as phablets—whose size is between that of a smartphone and a tablet—should top laptop shipments this year and surpass tablet shipments by 2015 according to new research from market-research firm IDC. The company says shipments of phablets, which have screens measuring between five-a-half and seven inches diagonally, should reach 175 million units in 2014, up from 56.5 million in 2013, and exceeding the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship this year. By 2015, IDC forecasts phablet shipments should surpass 318 million units, compared to 233 million tablets. The firm expects phablets to grow from 14 percent of the worldwide smartphone market in 2014 to 32.2 percent by 2018. Among the companies expected to soon release the devices are Apple and Samsung. “With Apple expected to join the space in the coming weeks,” said Melissa Chau, senior research manager for IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker service, “we anticipate even more attention on phablets.” (PC Mag)(IDC)

IDC Projects 2013 Computer Sales Down 10 Percent

Worldwide computer sales should contract by 10 percent or more in 2013, according to newly released data from IDC, making it the most severe annual sales dip on record. The drop is attributed to declining desktop and laptop computer sales. Although personal computers are still the primary device accessed by users for productivity tasks, devices such as tablets and phones are eroding the market. The market research firm also finds Windows tablets should increase to 10.2 percent of the market by 2017, but will still not approach sales of those tablets based on Google’s Android (58.8 percent) or Apple’s iOS  (30.6 percent) operating systems. (eWeek)(PC World)(PC Mag)(IDC)

Mobile PCs Spur Demand for Thin Hard Drives

More interest in thinner and lighter personal computers is expected to drive demand for thinner storage devices. Mobile PC shipments, worldwide, should be 133 million units by 2017 according to a new analysis by IHS, which says 5.0- and 7.0-millimeter HDDs should displace 9.5-mm drives now found in mobile devices. Analysts forecast shipments of 9.5-mm HDDs will decline from 245 million units in 2012 to 79 million in 2017. In addition to thinner HDDs, analysts anticipate solid-state hybrid drives to be increasingly used in ultrathin PCs and tablet PCs. IHS also expects SSD shipments to grow by roughly 90 percent to 64.6 million units while HDD shipments should decline to 545.8 million units, a loss of 5 percent. The full details appear in a recent Storage Space Brief from IHS. (ZDNet)(IHS) 

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