LONDON – Global PC shipments, including tablet computers, will be 414 million units in 2011, up 13 percent on 366 million PCs shipped in 2010, according to market research firm IC Insights. The forecast is close to that of Canalys Ltd. which we published Monday (Nov. 28).
IC Insights has also crunched the numbers with tablet computers excluded from the market total, which shows PC unit shipments expected to grow by only a little more than 1 percent in 2011 to 353 million systems compared to 349 million in 2010.
This would mean that touch-screen tablet computer shipments will go from 17 million units in 2010 to 61 million units in 2011, a near quadrupling of the market.
Worldwide PC shipments are up and to the right but tablet computers growth is greater, according to IC Insights.
Tablet computers are fueling the overall portable computer market but have almost killed off the nascent netbook computer, according to IC Insights.
Worldwide purchases of touch-screen tablet computers are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 81 percent over the period 2010 and 2015, while standard notebook PCs – including netbooks – are forecast to grow an annual average rate of slightly more than 7 percent.
In many cases, touch-screen tablets are not completely replacing the home PC, but they are delaying purchases of notebooks and desktop computers.
IC Insights believes about one quarter of the 2011 tablets were bought by consumers in lieu of notebooks, and that percent is expected to grow to about one third in next few years.
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