Research firm Gartner expects combined shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, up 4.2 percent from 2013.
Sales of traditional desktops and notebooks remain weak and they are expected to slide to 276 million, down from 296 million last year. In 2015 they are expected to decrease to 261 million. However, the drop will be offset by strong sales of premium models and ‘ultramobiles’. These two product categories accounted for 21.5 million units last year. This year shipments should reach 32.2 million units, while next year they should exceed the 55 million mark.
Tablets are still going strong, although growth is slowing down. Tablet shipments are expected to hit 256 million units in 2014 and 320 million in 2015. The mobile phone market has practically matured and combined shipments are expected to reach 1.86 billion units this year, up from 1.8 billion last year.
"Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe," said Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal. "This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in mature markets."
The traditional PC market (desktop and notebook) will follow the same downward trend and is on pace to contract 6.7 percent in 2014 and 5.3 percent in 2015.
The mobile ecosystem is a three-horse race between Android, Windows and iOS, with Android in a comfortable lead. A total of 1.16 billion Android products are forecast to ship this year, along with 333 million and 271 million Windows and iOS products respectively.
You can check out the full report over at Gartner.