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Gartner: Tablet shipments to outstrip PCs by 72% in 3 years

PC decline accelerates in face of permanent shift in user behavior

By , Network World
April 04, 2013 11:32 AM ET

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Tablets are not the only device type that is seeing aggressive price erosion; smartphones are also becoming more affordable, driving adoption in emerging markets and the prepay segment in mature markets. Of the 1.875 billion mobile phones to be sold in 2013, 1 billion units will be smartphones, compared with 675 million units in 2012.

"The trend toward smartphones and tablets will have much wider implications than hardware displacement," said Milanesi. "Software and chipset architecture are also impacted by this shift as consumers embrace apps and personal cloud."

John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World. 
Twitter: @johnwcoxnww 
Email: john_cox@nww.com

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