Analyst firm Gartner predicts that in 2022, global PC shipments will decline by 9.5%, global mobile phone shipments will decline by 7.1%, and global total device (computer, tablet, and mobile phone) shipments will drop by 7.6%. Among them, smartphone shipments in Greater China will drop by 18.3%.
Gartner’s table shows that total global device (computer, tablet, and mobile) shipments will decline by 7.6% in 2022. Geographically, the PC market in EMEA is expected to decline by 14% in 2022.
“Geopolitical turmoil, inflation, currency volatility, and supply chain crises have reduced demand for devices from businesses and consumers around the world and will have a severe impact on the PC market this year,” said Ranjit Atwal, senior principal analyst at Gartner.
Among them, the demand for PCs by enterprises is expected to decline by 7.2% year-on-year in 2022, while the demand for PCs by individual consumers will decline more significantly, falling by 13.1%.
According to Gartner, Greater China has led the 5G mobile phone market for the past two years, with 5G mobile phone shipments in the region increasing by 65% in 2021. However, Greater China will be hit the hardest this year, with smartphone shipments falling by 18.3%.
Moreover, Gartner expects global shipments of 5G mobile phones to reach 710 million units in 2022, an increase of 29% compared to 2021. But Atwal said that was a marked drop from the 47% growth rate Gartner had forecast at the beginning of the year, suggesting that 5G phone shipments worldwide would drop by 95 million units.
However, in 2023, the global demand for 5G mobile phones will rebound rapidly, and the end of the user’s 4G mobile phone life cycle will increase the 5G mobile phone shipments.