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End-user spending on devices will grow 2% in 2017: Gartner
End-user spending on mobile phones is on track to reach nearly $400 billion in 2017, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2016.
According to a report by market research firm Gartner, Global end-user spending on devices will increase by two percent in 2017, to reach nearly $600 billion.
While End-user spending on mobile phones is on track to reach nearly $400 billion in 2017, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2016.
"Across the world, the device market is becoming less price-sensitive," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "Consumers and businesses are seeking better products that suit their lifestyles, rather than just opting for the cheapest products."
"The increased average selling price (ASP) for mobile phones was driven by users across the board," said Annette Zimmermann, research vice president at Gartner. Adding that, "they are replacing their basic phones with better-quality and more feature-rich basic phones, due to improved product portfolios from rising vendors such as Huawei and Oppo. In emerging markets, the majority of users are upgrading to better basic phones as the leap to premium phones remains out of reach for most."
The report says that greater availability of basic phones from Chinese vendors such as Oppo, BBK, and Huawei increased the basic-phone ASP by 13.5 percent in 2016. It is on track to rise by 4 percent in 2017.
"We expect users to continue to look for higher-value phones this year, which will lead to another rise in ASP," Zimmermann added.
She further added, "The high-end smartphone ASP will continue to soar, given the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy 8 and the release of the tenth-anniversary Apple iPhone later this year. We expect the premium-phone ASP to increase by 4 percent in North America in 2017."
Shipments of PCs, ultramobile, and mobile phones are projected to total 2.3 billion units in 2017, achieving flat growth from 2016.