Global shipments of PCs, mobile phones and “ultramobiles” are projected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, an increase of 2.8% over last year, according to new research from Gartner.
The mobile phone market, the largest segment of the global device market, is expected to grow 3.5% this year, with shipments reaching 1.9 billion units.
While the desire for smartphones remains strong, the shift to cheaper phones may actually cause a decline in worldwide spending for devices. Gartner predicts these numbers will total $226 billion, a decrease of 7.2% in 2015. This, combined with a drop in computer sales, could result in lower profits.
“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, a Gartner research director.
Another factor that may influence the decline is people opting for phones instead of computers.
“Consumers will continue to prioritise spending on phones over PCs and tablets in 2015,” explained Roberta Cozza, another Gartner research director.
Cozza also predicts more Android users will move to iOS devices in 2015, even though these devices come with higher price tags. This is greatly influenced with the recent release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, causing competitive problems for high-end Android vendors.