Market researcher Gartner has forecasted a total unit shipment growth of 2.8% for personal computing feature integrated devices such as PCs, smart phones, mobile phones, and tablet computers. Whereas the growth based on revenue is forecast to decline by 7.2% in 2015.
Gartner says the global computing devices market (PCs and ultramobiles) is on pace to reach $226 billion, a 7.2 percent decline in current U.S. dollars .
PC market is still continued to fall with a total shipment of 306 million units in 2015, a drop of 2.4% compared to 2014, according to Gartner.
"The fall in PC purchases is primarily due to expected price increases by vendors in Europe and other regions, which is forced by local currency depreciation against the dollar," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "The currency squeeze is forcing PC vendors to increase their prices in order to remain profitable and, as result, it is suppressing purchases. We expect businesses will delay purchases of new PCs, and consumers will delay or 'de-feature' their purchases. However, this reduction in purchasing is not a downturn, it is a reshaping of the market driven by currency."
Mobile phone shipment expected to reach 1.9 billion units and grow 3.5 percent in 2015, as per Gartner. Gartner predicts the smartphone market reaches saturation over the next few years.
"Consumers will continue to prioritize spending on phones over PCs and tablets in 2015," said Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner.