Tablets to Outsell PCs Before Year’s End
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Tablets are about to hit a major milestone. The sales of personal computers will take a hit for the first time in the fourth quarter due to the rise of tablets, according to new findings from IDC.

The research firm credits the consumer shift to portability, lower-cost smartphones and tablets, and mobile-device functionality equal to current laptops and computers.

USA Today reports:

“The overall smart-connected device market is expected to grow 10.6% in 2013, but that growth will slow to 3.1% by 2017 as the market becomes more saturated. The firm predicts that as the market becomes more heavily saturated, low-cost devices will become increasingly important, especially for emerging markets and the education sector.”

PC shipments are still expected to supersede tablets for the complete year, but will fall below mark for tablets in the fourth quarter. Tablets are expected to beat out PCs overall by 2015. IDC predicts the high growth rate for tablets will shift thanks to phablets, smartphones with larger screens (approximately 5 inches or larger). The oversized smartphones are expected to chip into tablet sales down the line, furthering the argument that  size isn’t everything when it comes to scoring a worthy tech find.

As the holiday shopping season nears, will you cross PCs off your list and instead choose a mobile device? Let us know your choice in the comments section below.

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Janel Martinez

With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina,,, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.