Asia Pacific devices shipments to grow 3.2 percent in 2015
The computing devices market is forecast to decline 1.9 percent this year, affected by weak demand for tablets. The PC market overall will continue to grow slightly, as shipments in the premium ultramobile category compensate for a decline in sales of traditional desk-based and notebook PCs.
The overall increase in device shipments is driven by 4.1 percent growth in the mobile phone market, as cheaper priced smartphones stimulate replacements, especially in emerging markets.
"Device penetration is very high in Asia Pacific – at or beyond saturation point in mature markets and major cities in the emerging markets," said Gartner principal analyst Lillian Tay.
"Market saturation, along with consumers extending the lifetime of their tablets, has caused a re-calibration in the growth trajectory in the market. From 2016, we expect the tablet market to resume growth from a stabilized base." ■