New Gartner numbers show a significant – if not unexpected – drop in device shipments for 2020. According to the analyst company, the category (including phones, tablets and PCs) is currently on a course that will decrease 13.6% over the course of the year.
COVID-19 is of course largely to blame here. The virus has penetrated virtually every area of society, and hardware is certainly not immune. Phones are forecast to be the most successful with a 14.6% drop from 2019. This list includes both silly and smartphones, the latter of which now includes the most purchases from cellphones. Smartphones as a category fell by 13.7% year-on-year.
The smartphone market has been on a downward trend for several years. But 2020 should be the year that smartphone makers have turned things around (at least for a while) thanks to the introduction of 5G. However, like so many other things in the world, COVID-19 has dampened these numbers. The technology is expected to account for only 11% of phone deliveries for the year.
Interestingly, PC shipments weren't hit as hard as expected. The decline is still significant at 10.5%, but a push to implement work-from-home models for many employees has helped to reduce the decline. Laptops, Chromebooks and tablets in particular seem to be the least affected.