Gartner Forecasts Global Device Shipments Will Grow 0.9 Per cent in 2020

  • Gartner’s report mentioned that 5G mobile phones market will grow from 12 per cent in 2020 to 43 per cent in 2022
  • The organisation estimated that 5G models will account for 12 per cent of mobile phone shipments in 2020

Worldwide shipments of devices including PCs, tablets and mobile phones will total 2.16 billion units in 2020, an increase of 0.9 per cent from 2019, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2019, global shipments of devices had totaled 2.15 billion units.

“2020 will witness a slight market recovery. Increased availability of 5G handsets will boost mobile phone replacements, which will lead global device shipments to return to growth in 2020,” said Ranjit Atwal, research-senior-director at Gartner.

The worldwide mobile phone market is on course to grow by 1.7 per cent in 2020. Shipments of smartphones were weak in 2019, recording a two per cent decline year-over-year, but are expected to grow in 2020, particularly in Greater China and emerging markets in Asia/Pacific.

5G models will account for 12 per cent of mobile phone shipments

Gartner estimates that 5G models will account for 12 per cent of mobile phone shipments in 2020, and that will 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,” said Atwal.

He added, “The market will experience a further increase in 2023, when 5G handsets will account for over 50 per cent of the mobile phones shipped.”

Global PC market to decline in 2020 and beyond

Even after experiencing a return to growth in 2019, PC shipments are still forecast to decline in 2020 and beyond. Through 2020, this market will be affected by the end of the migration to Windows 10.

After three years of growth in the professional PC market, replacement levels will decrease. However, there will be opportunities for professional PC replacements through 2020. The Chinese government launched the locally manufactured “secure and reliable PC” initiative, which stalled in 2019, but such initiatives should gain momentum in 2020.

In addition, there is a long-tail of upgrades from small and midsize businesses across emerging regions as they react to Microsoft’s withdrawal of support for Windows 7 on 14 January 2020. Gartner estimates that one billion PCs will have migrated to Windows 10 through 2020 — around 80 per cent of all PCs in use.

“The PC market’s future is unpredictable because there will not be a Windows 11. Instead, Windows 10 will be upgraded systematically through regular updates. As a result, peaks in PC hardware upgrade cycles driven by an entire Windows OS upgrade will end,” stated Atwal