Cell based devices set to soar

technic, funk, man at short-wave receiver, 1961, 1960s, 60s, 20th century, historic, historical, radio operator, radio operatorsThe price gap between wi-fi only and cellular embedded devices is shrinking and that’s posing new challenges and opportunities for vendors.

Gartner predicts that by 2019 non smartphone devices could amount to 600 million units in 2019.

That will mean manufacturers of notebooks – for example HP – will have to strike deals with network providers to meet demand from people.

Although the number of wi-fi hot spots is steadily increasing, people want to be able to access data just about everywhere without having to rely on the hit and miss hotspot game.

Gartner predicts that premium ultramobiles with cell network connections will grow from 492,000 units last year to 3.2 million units by 2019. Over 60 percent of such products are currently sold in Western Europe because of high prices.

Gartner also predicts that by 2019, 76 million cell enabled tablets will be sold, with emerging markets including India and Brazil having high penetration.