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PCs, tablets and mobile phones to decline 13.6%

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 27, 2020
PCs, tablets and mobile phones are on pace to decline 13.6% in 2020, totaling 1.9 billion units, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc.
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In 2020, PC shipments are expected to decline 10.5%. Shipments of notebooks, tablets and Chromebooks are forecast to decline slower than the PC market overall in 2020.

Gartner said that 48% of employees will likely work remotely at least part of the time after the coronavirus pandemic, compared to 30% pre-pandemic. Overall, the work from home trend will make IT departments shift to more notebooks, tablets and Chrome devices for work.

Shipments of total mobile phones are forecast to decline 14.6% in 2020, while smartphone shipments will achieve a slightly slower decline of 13.7% year over year to total 1.3 billion units in 2020.

In 2020, affordable 5G phones were expected to be the catalyst to increase phone replacements, but it will not be the case. 5G phones are now forecast to represent only 11% of total mobile phone shipments in 2020.