Intel and AMD this month said they expect PC prices to go up this year, as they did in 2015. Gartner and IDC are not forecasting big changes in prices this year, with some exceptions.
For example, hybrid prices will gradually decline as demand ramps up and component prices fall, according to Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa.
PC prices in the U.S. went up last year, and currency fluctuations affected prices in many countries. But prices won't influence overall PC shipments like they have in the past, and quality now matters more to PC buyers, Kitagawa said.
"There will always be people who buy entry-level PCs," Kitagawa said. " But they will be a minority in the total market."
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