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According to the report published by Astute Analytica, the Global Mobile Handheld Computers Market generated a revenue of US$ 1,310.4 million in 2021 with a CAGR estimated at 7.7% during the forecast period of 2021-2027. In terms of volume, the market estimated a production of ~2,700 thousand units by end of the year 2027.
A mobile handheld computer is a small-scale computer that can be held and operated in the hand. Typically, these devices are powered by lithium-ion batteries. There are mostly three types of mobile handheld computer such as Personal digital assistants (PDAs), Tablet personal computers (PCs) and Pocket PCs. Collectively they make about 91% of the market share in 2020. Out of all these types, PDA holds the highest share of 52.4% in term of revenue and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.4% during the forecast period. PDA gives an added advantage over other types of handheld computers, as it offers a variation of the Microsoft Windows operating system called Windows CE whereas other products have their own or another operating system.
Based on pattern, the mobile handheld market is segmented into web application, embedded application, terminal emulation, and remote desktop. The embedded application segment is estimated to have the highest market share of 37% and the segment was valued at US $129.3 million in 2021. Embedded application segment is forecast to reach US$ 188.8 million by the end of the year 2027, by exhibiting the CAGR of 7.3% during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to growing use of embedded applications in various industries such as healthcare, life sciences, retail, military and defense, warehousing, logistics & transportation, and other industries. Compared to traditional computers, embedded application systems are smaller, which means they are easily portable. Due to their small size, embedded systems require less power as compared to larger systems which is highly preferred by users.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, temporary closure of business, disruptions across supply chains and slowdown in manufacturing and logistics related business had a huge impact over sales and manufacturing of mobile handheld devices. Small and medium sized businesses experienced a significant decrease in demand as compared to large enterprises.
What drives the Mobile Handheld Computer Market?
Handheld devices are used for variety of purpose such as under personal information manager (PIM) types of applications: maintaining schedules, listing names and contact numbers.
Handheld computers in workplace enables client-server configuration due to their capability of using wireless networking protocols to communicate with central servers. This results in their broader deployment and adds up to business profitability.
Increased connectivity provides to small businesses and key industry players helps to increase their productivity levels and this led to increased demand for handheld devices used in commercial applications.
Advanced computing function of handheld operators such as Android operating systems is widely demanded by users resulting in higher dependence on such devices.
Where does opportunities lie in the market?
There is a growth opportunity of US$ 736.82 million in the market during the forecast period.
When it comes to technology, portability is a standalone point that users look for and these handheld computing devices have capability to fulfill this demand. It offers a greater convenience and high productivity in a highly competitive business world.
Advanced handheld computer devices are built with long battery life. Companies are constantly developing more efficient battery models. Recently, Handheld Group launched a new device that has 4,800 mAh battery capable of running for a full shift, even with heavy applications.
Anticipatory computing provides massive opportunities to expand the scope of mobile handheld computers market. The combined flexibility and faster data sharing mechanism with anticipatory computing capability is deriving the demand of handheld devices globally.
According to the survey conducted by Astute Analytica, the key features in demand are the weight and dimensions of these devices. Lighter devices are more popular as they provide ease of operation to the users.
Competitors in the market
Global mobile handheld computers market recorded a CR4 ratio of 49.2%. The market is analyzed to be oligopoly in nature due to its low competitive nature. However, the global marketplace is projected to shift towards monopoly nature in the future period, as local players are expected to increase their mark in the industry. For instance, in 2020, Zebra Technologies has the highest market share of 26.9%. Companies like Honeywell and Handheld group are constantly developing new models that are efficient and cost effective.
Some of the major competitors present in the market are:
Some of the major strategic developments in the market are:
The mobile handheld computer market is segmented based upon Operating System, Type, Pattern, Application, End User and Region. Under Operating System, Android is the world’s most popular and cost-effective OS that holds the highest share of 55.4% in the market. This is due to companies such as Zebra and Google that strengthened Android Systems for enterprise hardware devices by developing a safer and securer architecture. The Android segment has grown with the highest CAGR of 10.4% as it provides benefits such as data secrecy which is most concerned in today’s world. The devices powered by Android have data and apps protected by app locks, risk protection, and government-grade encryption.
Segmentation Overview of the Global Mobile Handheld Computer Market
By Operating System
By End User
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