Remote working and distance learning amid an ongoing pandemic continue fuelling global demand for PCs. However, there has been a significant difference in demand for laptops and desktop PCs.

According to data presented by Finaria, the laptop segment is expected to continue growing and hit almost $150bn in revenue by 2025. The desktop PC sales revenues are set to drop to $54bn in this period.

Global Laptop Revenues to Jump by $9B in Five Years

Even before the pandemic, the laptop segment has witnessed a steady growth in revenue and shipments. In 2019, the entire market hit $135.8bn value, revealed the Statista survey. Last year, this figure jumped by $4.6bn YoY to $140.3bn, despite the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

Statistics show the increasing trend is set to continue in 2021, with revenues growing by 1.3% YoY to $142.1bn. By 2025, the unified market is set to reach almost a $150bn value, $9bn more than in 2020.

As the leading market, the United States is expected to generate $37.7bn in revenue by 2025, up from $36.1bn this year. The Chinese market, the second-largest globally, is set to witness modest growth in the following years, with revenues rising from $13.6bn in 2021 to $14bn in 2025.

After years of steady decline, global desktop PC sales finally saw growth in 2020. Statista data show global desktop PC revenues hit $58.4bn last year, up from $57.9bn in 2019. However, this figure is expected to drop by 1.7% to $57.5bn in 2021. By 2025, global desktop PC revenues are forecast to shrink by another $3.5bn and hit $54bn.

Chinese desktop PC market, as the largest globally, is set to witness a 3% growth in the next four years, with revenues rising to over $14bn by 2025.

However, the United States, as the world's second-largest desktop PC market, is expected to witness a significant drop in desktop PC sales, with revenues plunging by 12% to $9.2bn in this period.

Laptop Shipments to Peak in 2021, Then Fall by 9M in the Next Three Years

The IDC survey revealed that global laptop shipments surged by 26% amid the COVID-19 pandemic and hit 218 million in 2020. The increasing trend is set to continue in 2021, with more than 225 million units expected to be sold this year, the highest figure so far. However, the IDC data indicate the following years are set to witness a significant drop in global laptop shipments, with the number of units falling to 216 million by 2024.

On the other hand, desktop PC shipments had been dropping for the last decade. In 2010, 157 million desktop PCs had been shipped worldwide. This figure plunged to 79 million in 2020. Statistics show the number of sold units is expected to continue falling and drop to 73 million by 2024.

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