Global server shipments only increased 8.5% sequentially in the third quarter of 2021, lower than the 13% forecast DIGITIMES Research made in July, due to IC and component shortages, according to the latest figures from DIGITIMES Research's Server Tracker services.
Global notebook shipments (not including detachable model) rose 3.1% sequentially in the third quarter of 2021, stronger than DIGITIMES Research's previous forecast, according to the latest figures from the Notebook Tracker services.
Global shipments of AR/VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) are expected to rise 27.8% year-on-year in 2021, driven by the stay-at-home economy, according to the latest figures from DIGITIMES Research of AR/VR applications.
Global smartphone shipments delivered by Chinese brands grew 9.8% sequentially, but slipped 7.8% on year to come to 175 million units in the third quarter of 2021, according to the latest figures from Digitimes Research's Smartphone Tracker.
Taiwan makers shipped 7.365 million TVs in third-quarter 2021, rising 2.9% sequentially, according to DIGITIMES Research figures. As seasonal demand pick up, Taiwan makers' TV shipments are expected to grow 9.5% sequentially in the fourth quarter.
Tablet brands will see a more stable market environment in 2022 with their shipments in the year to pick up moderately by 1.3% from 2021. Although tablet brands will start pushing into the creator market to seek more business opportunities, overall tablet shipments are still likely to shrink over the next five years until 2026, according to the figures from Digitimes Research's latest five-year (2022-2026) forecast report on the tablet industry.
Global notebook shipments are expected to experience minor declines in 2022 and 2023 as governments will start cutting their COVID-19 subsidies and stimulus checks with the easing of the pandemic, reducing overall demand for notebooks. However, the market is expected to see the next wave of shipment growth between 2024 and 2026 with upgrades to panels and hardware, according to the figures from Digitimes Research's latest five-year (2022-2026) forecast report on the notebook industry.
Global server shipments are expected to increase around 6% on year in 2022, driven primarily by order pull-ins from datacenter operators. For the short term, the growth will benefit from stabilizing supply of ICs and components and the releases of Intel's and AMD's new CPU platforms, which will stimulate replacement demand. In the long term, rising demand for cloud and 5G white-box telecom servers, as well as new hardware, will enable the global server shipments to achieve a CAGR of close to 7% during the period of 2021-2026, according to DIGITIMES Research's latest five-year (2022-2026) forecast report on the server industry.
Judging from the status of the upstream supply chain, regional markets and the COVID-19 pandemic, Digitimes Research expects global smartphone shipments to increase 4.7% on year and arrive at 1.3 billion units in 2021 and will see on-year growths between 4-7% every year in the next five years, according to the figures from Digitimes Research's latest five-year (2022-2026) forecast report on the smartphone industry.
The impact of chip shortages that are in varying degrees had a negative impact on the overall notebooks shipped by the world's top-5 notebook brands (excluding Apple) in August, which saw a 3% sequential drop, according to Digitimes Research.