London: Global shipments of devices, including PCs, tablets and mobile phones, will total 2.2 billion units in 2019, a decline of 3.3 per cent year-over-year (YoY), a report by Gartner Inc. said on Friday.
The mobile phone market is set to record the worst performance of these device types, declining by 3.8 per cent.
“The current mobile phone market of 1.7 billion shipments is around 10 per cent below the 1.9 billion shipments reached in 2015. If mobile phones don’t provide significant new utility, efficiency or experiences, users won’t upgrade them and will consequently increase these devices’ life spans,” Ranjit Atwal, Research Director at Gartner, said in a statement.
The trend for lengthening mobile phone life span began in 2018 and would continue through 2019.
According to the market research firm, the high-end phone life span would increase from 2.6 years to nearly 2.9
years through 2023 and sales of smartphones would decline by 2.5 per cent in 2019, which would be the worst
decline ever. (IANS)
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