Mobile Computing Devices to Reach 400 Million Units by 2014 Research

The demand for mobile computing devices will drive the PC market, as companies open their wallets for the sake of mobility, according to research firm In-Stat.

In its most recent report, 3Q10 Computing Forecasts: Desktops, Notebooks, Netbooks, and MIDs/Tablets,” In-Stat notes that the number of mobile computing devices, which includes notebook PCs, tablet PCs, netbooks and smartbooks, will increase more than 19 percent CAGR to reach more than 400 million units by 2014.

Of that number and within that time frame, notebook PCs will account for 291 million units and 52 percent of the computing market. Tablets, meanwhile, will have the largest CAGR of 123.6 percent.

While there will be a battle for the lower-end Internet-centric devices like tablets and netbooks, notebooks will continue to be the overall demand driver as consumers focus on lighter and lower-cost PCs and businesses continue to transition to mainstream and high-performance mobile platforms,” said Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at In-Stat, in a release announcing the report.

Not surprisingly, the Asia Pacific market will lead the charge in the mobile computing space, accounting for 36 percent of sales by 2014.

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