Australian device shipments on the wane

Australian device shipments on the wane

5G smartphones to lead global device shipment growth

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Personal computer, tablet and mobile phone shipments are all expected to decline through to 2022, according to new data.

Figures from Gartner show shipments for the overall device market in Australia — traditional PCs (both desk-based and notebooks), basic and premium mobile phones, ultramobiles (tablets and light weight PCs) — are predicted to drop to 16.4 million by 2022, down from 16.5 million in 2020.

The traditional PC market is expected to drop from 2.6 million shipments in 2020 to 2.5 million shipments in 2022, basic and utility ultra mobiles are forecast to decline from 2.5 million to 2.4 million and mobile phones are predicted to fall from 9.5 million to 9.4 million.

Premium ultra mobiles however are expected to see an increase of demand as shipments are expected to rise from 1.8 million to 1.9 million.

International figures are experiencing comparably similar figures save for mobile phone shipments, which are likely to see a spike from 2020 to 2021 before dropping down again in 2022.

In Australia shipments are expected to decline from 2020 to 2021 and then rise slightly in 2022, but will not reach this year's peak. 

Ranjit Atwal, research senior director at Gartner, said 2020 is expected to see a slight global market recovery, with mobile phone growth leading the way by the end of the year.

“Increased availability of 5G handsets will boost mobile phone replacements, which will lead global device shipments to return to growth in 2020,” Atwal said.

Gartner data estimates 5G phones will make up 12 per cent of all global mobile phone shipments in 2020 and is expected to reach 43 per cent by 2022.

“From 2020, Gartner expects an increase in 5G phone adoption as prices decrease, 5G service coverage increases and users have better experiences with 5G phones. The market will experience a further increase in 2023, when 5G handsets will account for over 50 per cent of the mobile phones shipped,” Atwal added.

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