Smartphones surpass PCs in Brazil for the first time

Annual computer sales see first decline in three decades

The number of smartphones has surpassed that of computers in use in Brazil, a study has found.

There are 152 million computers in use in Brazil at present, 24 millions of which are tablet devices. In comparison, there are 154 million smartphones currently in use, according to a research on technology adoption trends published by Brazilian university Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).

According to the study, now in its 26th edition, computer sales have also declined for the first time in 30 years in 2014, with a 10 percent drop in relation to 2013.

The sales figures of personal computers - including desktops, notebooks and tablets - for the first months of 2015 suggest that the trend outlined in the FGV report is set to continue this year.

IDC data aggregated by the Brazilian Electrical and Electronics Industry Association shows that computer sales fell by 12 percent in the first two months of the year compared to the same period in 2014, with 2,5 million units sold.

Tablets, which previously accounted for 47 percent of computer sales, fell 5 percent in January and February, while notebook and desktop sales fell by 16 percent and 23 percent respectively.