IDC reports says sales for tablets and Chromebooks grew in 2020 and will continue to do well in 2021.
It says both classes of devices sold to consumers, businesses and schools as people looked to stay connected during the
IDC says tablet shipments had double digit growth in 2020. It forecasts shipments will grow a further 1.8 percent in
2021. That’s a modest number, but is better than flat or negative growth experienced before the Covid outbreak.
A different take
Gartner offers a different take on the tablet sector. It forecasts the number of tablets in use will rise 11.7 percent
That is faster growth than for laptops, which Gartner says will increase 8.8 percent this year.
IDC expects Chromebook sales to climb 33.5 percent this year. 2020 was the best year ever for Chromebook sales. Gartner
puts last year’s growth at 80 percent.
While Chromebook growth is higher, it is off a smaller base. IDC expects a total of 43.4 million Chromebooks to ship
this year while tablet numbers will reach 166.5 million.
In both cases, the devices’ lower price when compared with laptops or desktops is behind the growth.
Tablets future less certain
IDC is less positive about future sales of these devices. It says it expects demand to slow as lockdown restrictions
In the past Chromebooks
have mainly been popular with schools and with cash-strapped parents looking for low-cost devices for learning and
Jitesh Ubrani, research manager with IDC Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers says: “Chromebooks are quickly proving
themselves useful within workplaces. While they will not supplant Windows and Mac in these settings, they are expected
to provide competition, particularly in job functions where high performance and legacy support isn’t a priority.”
“On the tablet
side, detachable tablets will remain a bright spot as these devices are more PC-like than ever, both from a hardware
and a software perspective.”
Meanwhile phones are about to see a modest upturn in sales after an ugly year in 2020. Gartner says the total number of
phones in use declined 2.6 percent in 2020 and will rise by one percent this year.
Tablets, Chromebooks have bumper year
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