UAE PC market to fall 12% this year [Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)]
(Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dubai: The PC market in the UAE is expected to witness a fall of around 12 per cent in 2014 to 1.89 million units compared to 2.14 million units in 2013, caused mainly by the growing cannibalisation from tablets and smartphones.
"The shift to mobile devices will have tremendous impact on PC shipments, particularly across the consumer segment," Fouad R. Charakla, research manager at International Data Corporation (IDC), told Gulf News in an exclusive interview.
Among the sectors, desktops are expected to fall by four per cent while laptops by 14 per cent.
He said innovative form factors like ultra-slim notebooks will gain more market share compared to last year, and at the same time prices of lighter and sleeker portable PCs, including ultra-slim notebooks and convertibles, will reduce a bit in a bid to cater to the mainstream to gather volume.
"Consumer demand is expected to decline faster than commercial sector," said Charakla.
Around 1.52 million laptops are expected to be sold in 2014 compared to 360,000 desktops.
PC vendors will be placing a growing emphasis on ultra-slim notebooks and convertibles.
Rajat Rallan, senior brand merchandising manager for Dell Middle East, Turkey and Africa, said the PC market is shrinking but the volume is still big. It is falling annually by around 1.5 million units.
"We see a big trend going in for convertibles (tablet-laptop combo). The regional market is expected to shrink by around six per cent next year," he said.
The PC market is expected to fall nine per cent in 2013 compared to 2.34 million units in 2012.
The market is expected to register a fall of three per cent in desktops and 10 per cent in laptops in 2013.
"Laptops will suffer the worst due to the growing popularity of tablets and smartphones," he said.
In the fourth quarter of this year, the overall market is expected to decline by 5.8 per cent year on year, which is much slower than the third quarter's decline of 15.8 per cent.
Overall, around 460,494 units are expected to be sold in fourth quarter compared to 488,642 units during the same period last year.
The positive side of the story is a three per cent growth in desktops.
But Charakla said the growth in desktops is due to the weak growth in last year's shipments. Business is mainly coming from the commercial (SMBs) and only around 15 per cent are consumers.
Among the desktop category, All-in-One PCs are growing.
Looking at year on year within desktops, he said commercial is falling and consumer segment is growing, primarily due to the growth in All-in-Ones.
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