Gartner predicts that total PC shipments in 2022 will decrease by 9.5% year-on-year, and smartphone total shipments will decrease by 18% in Greater China

Research firm Gartner has announced its global PC shipment forecast for 2022. According to this, the number of PC shipments will decrease by 9.5% from the previous year. In addition, smartphone shipments in Greater China are expected to decline by 18% year-on-year.

Gartner Forecasts Worldwide PC Shipments to Decline 9.5% in 2022

Gartner foresees steep drop in global PC shipments • The Register

According to the latest forecast released by Gartner, PC shipments in 2022 will decrease by 9.5% from the previous year to about 310 million units. However, shipments are expected to decline year-on-year not only for PCs, but also for tablets and smartphones.

Gartner predicts that 'geopolitical upheaval, high inflation, currency volatility, and supply chain disruptions will reduce enterprise and consumer demand for devices worldwide, with the greatest impact on the PC market in 2022.' Even in the PC market, consumer demand is expected to decline further, and PC shipments in 2022 are on pace to decline by 13.1% year-on-year. Enterprise PC shipments are expected to decline by 7.2% year-on-year.'

PC shipments are expected to decline particularly in

EMEA , where shipments are expected to decline by 14% due to lower consumer demand for PCs. The decline in PC demand in the region is presumed to be due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, rising prices, and product supply shortages due to China's lockdown.

Gartner's forecast for PC, tablet, and smartphone shipments in 2022 is as follows.
Device type 2021 shipments 2021 growth rate 2022 shipments Growth rate in 2022 (%)
computer 342 million units 11.0% 310 million units -9.5%
Tablet 156 million units -0.8% 142 million units -9.0%
smartphone 1.567 billion units 5.0% 1,456 million units -7.1%
total 2.065 billion units 5.5% 1.907 billion units -7.6%

It is estimated that the number of smartphone shipments in 2022 will decrease by 5.8% compared to the previous year, and in particular, the number of shipments will decrease in Greater China, and the forecast shows that the number will decrease by 18.3% compared to the previous year. In Greater China, shipments of 5G compatible smartphones have increased rapidly over the past two years, but due to the collapse of the smartphone market in the region, smartphone shipments have increased by 65% year-on-year in 2021. is expected to decline by 2% year-on-year in 2022.

The number of smartphones shipped in 2022 is expected to be 1,456 million units, of which 5G compatible smartphones are expected to account for 710 million units. When limited to 5G compatible smartphones, shipments are expected to increase by 29% year-on-year, but Gartner predicted that ``5G smartphone shipments will increase by 47% year-on-year'' in early 2022. This means that the forecast has been revised downward to the point that the growth rate will not grow as much as expected.

Demand for PCs has increased sharply since the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the growth in PC demand from 2020 to 2021 has finally turned to a downward trend in 2022, and the virtual currency market, which has been a major contributor to PC demand, continues to plunge . As a result, major semiconductor manufacturers such as Intel and NVIDIA have warned that future product demand may decline sharply .

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