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Mobile market to lift PC sales, says Gartner

Posted: 30 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Thanks to a strong mobile market, global PC shipments are forecast to total 202.1 million units in 2005, up 10.2 percent from 2004, according to a preliminary forecast by Gartner Inc.

Gartner previously projected worldwide PC shipments would increase 9.9 percent.

Global mobile PC shipments are expected to grow 26.5 percent in 2005, while desk-based units are now forecast to grow 4.6 percent. Mobile PCs currently comprise fewer than 30 percent of all PC shipments.

"Mobile PCs are continuing to attract more new users as mobile prices fall and wireless becomes more pervasive," said George Shuffler, principal analyst for Gartner's Client Platforms research. "Growing numbers of users are replacing their old desktops with more portable mobiles, and this is one of several factors helping to boost mobile PC growth."

Though replacement activity has helped drive double-digit PC growth the last two years, replacement activity will wane this year, according to the firm.

Gartner analysts said they see few new technology drivers that could help stimulate PC sales in 2005.

"Dual-core processors will attract some attention, but they will mostly pique the interest of 'techies' and early adopters," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst for Gartner's Client Platforms research. "Many applications that take full advantage of dual-core capabilities are still being developed and won't be available until next year at the earliest."

- EE Times

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