Smartphones, PCs & tablets number globally to hit 6.2 billion in 2021

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Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of devices that enter the world. As knowledge continues to increase, people of all ages and backgrounds have either PCs, smartphones, or tablets. In fact, in many regions of the world, a single person could have all three. The user will use whatever device that is comfortable at the time of usage. However, according to the latest forecast information from research firm, Gartner, in 2021, the total number of personal computers (laptops and desktops), tablets, and smartphones will reach 6.2 billion units globally. 

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According to reports, the number of laptops and tablets in use in 2021 will increase by 125 million units over 2020. In 2022, the number of these devices globally will reach 6.4 billion units, an increase of 3.2% over 2021.

The agency believes that the number of laptops and tablets will grow by 8.8% and 11.7% respectively in 2021. However, the number of desktop computers will probably drop from 522 million in 2020 to 470 million in 2022.

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In addition, although the number of smartphones fell by 2.6% in 2020, it will increase by 1% in 2021. Ranjit Atwal, senior research director of Gartner, said: “The pandemic has permanently changed the device usage patterns of employees and consumers. Family education has transformed into digital education, interactive games have turned to cloud computing…The types and numbers of equipment will continue to increase”. 

Global PC movement to increase by 32%

Furthermore, Gartner believes that the global PC shipments in 2021 Q1 will grow 32% year-on-year. This is the fastest growth rate in 21 years. 

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The report shows that global PC shipments in the first quarter were 69.9 million units, an increase of 32% year-on-year. This is the fastest year-on-year growth rate since Gartner began tracking the PC market in 2000.

Many consumers and companies are still buying PCs, prolonging the PC boom that began last year with the pandemic. During the pandemic, people need computers to work at home or take online lessons. PC shipments fell sharply in the early stages of the pandemic and only started to recover late last year. However, shipments in the first quarter of this year still hit the highest level since 71.7 million units in 2015.

Lenovo is still the world’s largest PC manufacturer, with a market share of 25.1%, up from 23.3% a year ago. HP and Dell rank second and third with 21.4% and 16.5% market share respectively. Apple, Acer, and Asus rank fourth to sixth. 

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