The smart connected device (SCD) market continued to post strong growth in 2013, with combined shipments of PCs, tablets, and smartphones reaching over 16 million units in the UK in Q4 2013 and totalling to over 56 million units for 2013 and 11.1% growth compared with 2012, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). While growth is slowing as the UK market reached significant volumes, and the largest in Europe, SCDs will continue to be one of the fastest-growing markets in the IT industry in 2014, according to latest forecasts released by IDC, with tablets expected to continue driving overall consumer electronics spending.
Tablets, including 2-in-1, continued to drive the SCD market from a growth perspective, with shipments growing by 50% in 2013. Demand for tablets continued unabated during the holiday season with over 5 million units sold in Q4 2013, leading to a volume of 12.6 million units for the year.
Smartphones continue to be the largest segment from a volume perspective, representing 60% of the total smart connected device space and a volume of 9 million units in Q4 2013, but growing more modestly at 8.5% for the year. Volumes are expected to be sustained in 2014, supported by product innovation, competition, and fast replacement cycles.
"The accelerated adoption of tablets is having a significant impact on the way consumers and businesses use and consider their computing devices. The frontiers between private and professional are blurring and new form factors are supporting increasing versatility, opening new usage scenarios and new growth opportunities for the industry," said Chrystelle Labesque, research manager, IDC EMEA Personal Computing.
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