Smartphone shipments outpaced PCs in 2011 for first time

By | February 6, 2012

Smartphone shipments overtook personal computers — including tablets, laptops, netbooks and desktops — for the first time in 2011, according to new research from Canalys.Vendors globally shipped 158.8 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of last year, and 487.7 million for the full year, Canalys reported Friday.That compares to 120.2 million client PCs shipped during the quarter and 414.6 million for the whole year. That category includes tablets or pads, as Canalys terms them, netbooks, desktops and laptops. The biggest of the four by far was laptops, which accounted for more than half of the annual total; tablets made up 15%.Smartphone shipments increased last year by 63% over the 299.7 million shipped in 2010. The global client PC market grew by just 15% year-to-year.In all, 2011 saw a decline in demand for netbooks, slowing demand for laptops and desktops and a rise in tablets, Canalys said. “But tablets have had a negligible impact on smartphone volumes…,” said Chris Jones, a Canalys analyst, in a statement. “Markets across the globe have seen persistent and substantial [smartphone] growth through 2011.”In the space of a few years, smartphones have grown from being a niche product segment at the high-end of the mobile phone market to become a truly mass market proposition.”

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