Consumers in the United States are more likely to buy a smartphone in 2011 than PCs, mobile phones, eReaders, media tablets and gaming products, according to a survey by Gartner. Smartphones were followed by laptop computers and desktop computers in rankings of U.S. consumers’ average intent to purchase in 2011. Mobile phones ranked fourth in average intent to purchase, followed by eBook readers in the fifth position, and tablet computers ranking sixth. U.S. smartphone sales are expected to grow from 67 million units in 2010 to 95 million units in 2011. By comparison, mobile PC shipments are forecast to total 50.9 million in the United States in 2011, up from 45.6 million from 2010.
Although demand is very strong at the high end of the smartphone market, Gartner analysts say vendors should not ignore the middle and lower tiers of smartphones, which will be a source of growth in 2011 as operators look for prepaid smartphones that require no subsidy.
Source of Information : Wireless Week