U.S.-based ABI Research has increased its projection of NFC-enabled phone and tablet shipments to 270 million this year, up by about 15% from earlier projections, the firm told NFC Times.
ABI had earlier estimated that there would be about 235 million NFC-enabled handsets and tablets shipped in 2013 and a total of 285 million NFC devices shipped for the year. Senior UK-based ABI practice director John Devlin said he has recently increased the shipment forecast for handsets and tablets to 270 million and total NFC devices to 320 million. Besides phones and tablets, the other consumer electronic devices include PCs, TV sets and cameras.
Actual NFC-enabled smartphones and tablet shipments were estimated to have approached 150 million units in 2012, based on higher-than-expected shipments of NFC chips by NXP Semiconductors. ABI like some other analysts had underestimated the 2012 shipments in their earlier projections.