Tablet to Outdo Desktop in 2013 for Fist Time: Report
Tablet to Outdo Desktop in 2013 for Fist Time: ReportCredit: Lenovo

The sales of tablet will outdo the desktop PC this year, according to a new report by International Data Corporation (IDC), a research firm .

According to the report, the tablet shipment in 2013 will surpass the desktop PCs and will outsell portable PCs next year.

IDC forecasted that the tablet will see a growth of 48.7 percent while the shipment of desktops will drop by 4.3 percent.

"Worldwide desktop PC shipments are expected to drop by 4.3 percent and portable PCs to maintain a flat growth of 0.9 percent. The tablet market, on the other hand, is expected to reach a new high of 190 million shipment units with year-on-year growth of 48.7 percent," said IDC.

The report also said that the smartphone market is expected to see a growth of 27.2% to 918.5 million units. Considering the current market scenario IDC also noted that the tablet and smartphones have huge potential to grow.

The report added the smart connected device will continue to surge in the market and will reach $814.3 billion revenue by 2017. Even though the laptop market will show single digit growth in the coming years, the desktop PCS will decline significantly over the years.

"In emerging markets, consumer spending typically starts with mobile phones and, in many cases, moves to tablets before PCs," said Megha Saini, Research Analyst for IDC's Worldwide Smart Connected Device Tracker. "The pressure on the PC market is significantly increasing and we can see longer replacement cycles coming into effect very soon and that, too, will put downward pressure on PC sales."