IDC: Smartphones Outsold PCs Worldwide Last Quarter

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News Posted: Wed, Feb 9 2011 10:32 PM
It may strike some of you as shocking, but it's really not too much of a surprise: more smartphones were sold in the last quarter than actual PC computers. Even three years this would have been a huge, huge deal, but these days? Smartphones are everywhere, and they're still becoming more and more important and in-demand. PCs, meanwhile, aren't nearly as "hot" of an item, and many people are learning that they can delay new PC purchases and continue using the machine they already own to check email, check up on news and compose Word documents.


Phones, however, are more like an accessory. Something that has style and fashion attached to it, and something that people are just more willing and ready to upgrade. According to new research from IDC, 100.9 million smartphones were sold in the final three months of 2010 (globally), which represents an astounding 87% jump year-over-year. Meanwhile, PC sales were just 3%, totaling 92.1 million worldwide.


IDC analyst Ramon Llamas points out that the two trends aren't necessarily related, but it's hard to not look at the trends happening now and do the math yourself. Phones are booming. PCs are lagging. That's just how it's happening. The mobile sector is poised to really take off, while standalone desktops are both boring and immobile. Will this trend ever reverse? We highly doubt it. If desktops ever begin to outsell phones or mobile devices again, that would definitely be one of the more shocking cases of "history repeating itself."
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coolice replied on Thu, Feb 10 2011 6:21 PM

Makes sense... they're smaller, more accessible, highly subsidized from carriers, 3'rd world countries where power runs out once in a while, computers cant be used, but a battery powered device is still usable.

Its a given

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Feb 10 2011 10:56 PM

Yeah; it does not surprise me at all, in fact I expected to hear it last quarter. The thing about it is everyone has a cell phone. So a smart phone which is subsidized is that much cheaper, plus it does a large number of things digitally now. So it is the cheaper as well as in many cases more capable product on the market.

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