According to research firm Gartner, a slowing Chinese economy and lower consumer spending due to inflation are expected to lead to lower global shipments of computers and smartphones this year.
Shipments to China – the world’s largest smartphone market – are expected to fall 18% as demand is hurt by strict COVID-19 restrictions that have halted activity in major economic hubs including Shanghai, Gartner said in a report Thursday.
The research firm expects a 7% decline in global smartphone shipments, also reflecting the expected toll from supply chain issues and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on demand.
“A perfect storm of geopolitical upheaval, high inflation, currency fluctuations and supply chain disruptions has dented demand for devices from businesses and consumers around the world, and is expected to have the most impact. impact on the PC market in 2022,” said Ranjit Atwal, Principal Analyst. at Gartner.
Gartner expects global computer shipments to fall 9.5% this year.
The forecast reflects comments from industry players, with chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc saying earlier this month that the PC market was poised to slow after two “very strong” years.
Weak demand for PCs and smartphones is expected to weigh on businesses, from chipmakers such as Nvidia Corp to mega-cap tech companies including Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp. These companies are expected to report their second quarter results starting next month.
Earlier this month, a report from IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker predicted that global smartphone shipments are set to take a hit and decline 3.5% to 1.31 billion units in 2022. was attributed to “increasing supply and demand challenges”. .”
As a result, original equipment manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, have reduced their orders for this year. However, the market research firm says Apple appears to be the least impacted vendor. 5G devices are also expected to grow 25.5% year-over-year (YoY) in 2022, according to the report.