Gartner survey says 2011 the year of the smartphone, not the tablet

Gartner survey says 2011 the year of the smartphone, not the tablet

U.S. consumers are looking to buy smartphones in 2011 more than any other type of electronics, a recent survey by technology researchers over at Gartner shows. Well, so much for the year of the tablet. But with dual-core and quad-core powerhouses coming out this year, it is one of the fastest growing industries and we're hardly surprised. Smartphone sales in the States are expected to surge to the whopping 95 million units in 2011, up from 67 million smartphones sold in 2010.

Other sectors are growing as well, but the dynamic is much less dramatic – mobile PCs for example are expected to see sales of 50.9 million units, up from 45.6 million last year. In order of intent, Gartner's rankings show that U.S. consumers intent to buy the following electronics:

1. Smartphone

2. Laptop

3. Desktop PC

4. Mobile handset (other than smartphone)

5. E-book reader

6. Media tablet

It's notable that even dumbphones rank pretty high, contrary to some people's belief that dumbphones will be gradually replaced by smartphones. People don't always do what they say in surveys, but nevertheless this is an interesting angle to look at all the hype around tablets and how it compares to smartphones. But with such fierce competition unveiling on all fronts, we are sure that 2011 will bring heaps of innovative products.

source: Digitimes



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