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Smartphone and PC shipments to remain stagnant, foldable phones to reach 30 million units by 2023

Worldwide shipments of devices which includes PCs, tablets and mobile phones will be stagnant for this year according to a forecast by Gartner.

In the data presented by Gartner, the worldwide shipments of the said devices are on pace to reach 2.21 billion units in 2019 with a flat growth year over year.

Despite an expected decline in 2019, shipments of mobile phones will reportedly return to growth in 2020 with a shipments increase of 1.2 percent from this year but will again decline in 2021.

The PC market will decline over the next few years from 259 million units in 2018 to 254 million units in 2021.

Meanwhile, Gartner said that foldable phones will account for 5 percent of high-end phones by 2023 which is amounting to 30 million units.

Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner said: “We expect that users will use a foldable phone as they do their regular smartphone, picking it up hundreds of times a day, unfolding it sporadically and typing on its plastic screen, which may scratch quickly depending on the way it folds.”

“Through the next five years, we expect foldable phones to remain a niche product due to several manufacturing challenges. In addition to the surface of the screen, the price is a barrier despite we expect to decline with time. Currently priced at $2,000, foldable phones present too many trade-offs, even for many early technology adopters,” Cozza added.

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