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Worldwide Phablet Shipments to Surpass Portable PCs in 2014 and Tablets by 2015

Phablet shipments will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014.
September 4, 2014
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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide phablet shipments (smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5 to 7 inches) will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014. Phablets will also pass the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship during the same period.

“With Apple expected to join the space in the coming weeks, we anticipate even more attention on phablets as larger screen smartphones become the new norm.” – Melissa Chau, Senior Research Manager with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. 

In 2014, smartphones are expected to represent about 70% of the total market while that number will rise to 75.6% in 2018. The IDC expects phablets to grow from 14.0% of the worldwide smartphone market in 2014 to 32.2% in 2018.

Another reason for the increase in phablets can be attributed to the sizeable price drop that should occur in the next year or two. On average, the price of a phablet is expected to drop from $568 in 2013 to $397.