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Introduction

Amid continuing volume declines, the PC market is seeing a revival in high-end PC sales. New form factors, recent growth in the gaming sector, and high-end VR devices are driving this revival.

Highlights

  •  The PC market now has more leeway for innovation as consumers show their willingness to spend. While cheap laptop sales are falling, more-expensive devices, like convertibles and powerful gaming PCs, are showing growth.
  • eSIM and 5G provide an opportunity for mobile broadband to reemerge for laptops. This will only happen if mobile operators and manufacturers commit to making it affordable for consumers.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the current state of the PC market and the potential for growth in the future.
  • Examines the potential impact of eSIM on connectivity for PCs
  • Evaluates the impact of VR, gaming streaming, and e-sports on the PC market

Key questions answered

  • To what extent are smartphones and tablets replacing PCs?
  • Can VR spur growth in the PC market?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Falling volumes are not a problem for now

  • Volumes are decreasing but there are signs of stability
  • Younger people less likely to own PCs, but only slightly
  • eSIM reignites mobile broadband prospects for PC

VR will have little long-term impact

  • Impact of VR is being seen now in PC market
  • Long-term impact will be minimal

Gaming growth is driving demand

  • Consistently growing gaming sector has become a key segment
  • The “e-sports and streaming” effect

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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