The market for smartphones and tablets is expected to continue its strong growth over the next few years, but most of the sales are expected to shift to emerging markets, including Brazil, Russia, India and China, the so-called “BRIC countries.”
That was the forecast issued Monday by International Data Corp., which is tracking the mega market for “smart connected devices,” which include personal computers, smartphones and tablets.
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Projected growth of connected devices
Category 2012 units 2017 estimated units Estimated annualized
(in millions) (in millions) growth rate
Desktop PCs 148.2 123.8 -3.5%
Portable PCs 200.9 209.5 0.8%
Tablets 144.4 410.3 23.2%
Smartphones 722.4 1,578.7 16.9%