Rugged Phones Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Type (Smartphone, Featured Phones), Screen Size (Below 5 Inch, 5 Inch to 6 Inch, and Above 6 Inch), and End-User (Industrial, Government, Commercial, Military and Defense, and Consumer)
Publication Month: Nov 2021 |
Report Code: TIPRE00017936
| No. of Pages: 175
| Category: Electronics and Semiconductor
| Status: Published
The Rugged Phones market is expected to grow from US$ 2,918.66 million in 2021 to US$ 4,850.42 million by 2028; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 7.5% from 2021 to 2028.
The demand for smartphones and feature phones is growing at an impressive pace owing to increasing investments in research and development related to display technologies, communication networks, battery, and camera advancements, among several others. Timely upgrading of rugged phone designs and integration of new features to compete with the continuously updating consumer-grade smartphones and feature phones boost the sales of rugged phones, especially in industrial sectors with harsh working environments. These phones are IP certified, dustproof, and drop tested, and they have high battery capacity for industrial task force and public safety personnel, which have been growing adding to their demand in the past few years in developed and developing regions.
Report Coverage - Rugged Phones Market
Market Size Value in
US$ 2,918.66 million in 2021
Market Size Value by
US$ 4,850.42 million by 2028
CAGR of 7.5% from 2021 to 2028
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Type , Screen Size , and End-User and Geography
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America
US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on North America Rugged Phones Market
The COVID outbreak has affected a large number of businesses in North America, which are now facing financial and logistics challenges. Enterprises either had to suspend their operations or reduce their activities to operate in accordance with the containment measures. Several countries across North America represent a major market for rugged phones owing to the presence of a strong military & defense, industrial, and government & public safety sectors. In countries such as the US, lockdown restrictions are disturbing the schedule of new product launches, investments in R&D, and revenue of companies due to reduced demands, and disruptions in supply and delivery schedule, which is restraining the overall growth of rugged phones market in the region.
Lucrative Regions for Rugged Phones Providers
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Rugged Phones Market Insights
Increasing Demand of Rugged Phones across Diverse Industries
The consumer electronics industry worldwide is strongly benefited by significant adoption of smartphones in industries such as construction, manufacturing, retail, transportation, and emergency services, for both mission critical and non-critical communications. The demand for smartphones and feature phones is growing at an impressive pace owing to the surge in investments in research and development related to display technologies, communication networks, battery, and camera. Timely upgrading of rugged phone designs and integration of new features to compete with the continuously updating consumer-grade smartphones and feature phones boost the sales of rugged phones, especially in industrial sectors with harsh working environments. These phones are IP certified, dustproof, and drop tested, and they have high battery capacity for industrial task force and public safety personnel, which have been growing adding to their demand in the past few years in developed and developing regions. Hence, the proliferation of smartphones and feature phones with rugged capabilities is driving the growth of rugged phones market.
Type-Based Market Insights
The global rugged phones market, by type, is bifurcated into semi-rugged and full rugged. The semi-rugged segment led the market in 2020 Semi-rugged phones are capable of handling tougher conditions than a consumer-grade phones; however, they are still not completely dustproof or waterproof. Many semi-rugged handhelds come with an IP rating of IP54, which signifies that the product is protected from extreme situations but lags protection against dust. Semi-rugged phones are resistant to light splashing, however, unable to bear immersion or jet sprays. In addition, few semi-rugged handhelds fulfill a few MIL-STD-810F standards, although not for immersion or dust. For instance, Nokia 3310 is a common and popular semi-rugged phone.
Rugged Phones Market, by type – 2020 and 2028 (%)
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Note: The outer circle represents market size for 2028, and the inner circle represents market size for 2020.
In 2020, Juniper Systems Limited declared its expansion into India through new partnership with Elkay India. Through this alliance, the companies are expected to address the need of surveying, industrial, and energy markets in India for data loggers and receivers working in harsh weather conditions.
In 2020, Borqs Technologies, Inc. formed a strategic partnership with Juniper Systems for a variety of mobile data collection applications in harsh and hazardous work environments.
The global rugged phones market has been segmented as follows:
In the global rugged phones market, Asia Pacific is projected to be the fastest-growing region in terms of market growth rate over the forecast period of 2021 to 2028. The growing trend of industry & factory automation and digitalization across industries coupled with rising investments in industrial development and government expenditure in Asian countries such as China and India are some of the key drivers fueling the demand for semi-rugged and ultra-rugged phone in military & defense, commercial, and industrial sectors in the APAC region. Based on these factors, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and several Southeast Asian countries are anticipated to be the fastest-growing markets for the adoption of rugged phones market in the coming years. Huge population growth, rising disposable income, growing urbanization & industrialization levels, high adoption of smartphones/mobile phones, favorable government policies to promote industrial growth, and high investments in R&D activities related to mobile phone technologies and communication technologies are some of the other key factors that are expected to boost the growth of rugged phones market in the APAC region.
The demand for rugged mobile phones with differentiated features to meet the ever-changing needs of industrial and safety applications is anticipated to grow at an impressive pace in the coming years. However, to meet these requirements rugged phone manufacturers will have to continuously invest in technology upgradations and to integrate advanced features in their product offerings. Also, the integration of features such as thermal imaging camera and 5G capability in rugged phones to increase their attractiveness in industries and to make their performance better is driving the growth of this market. Some of the key players who are integrating such advanced features and capabilities in their rugged phones include Caterpillar, Blackview, OUKITEL, and Ulefone Mobile among many others. All such technological advancements in rugged phones will boost the future growth of rugged phones market during forecast period of 2021 to 2028.
The key global rugged phone providers operating in the market include Blackview, Caterpillar, DOOGEE, OUKITEL, Sonim Technologies Inc., Unitech Electronics Co., LTD., and Zebra Technologies Corp Several other companies are also functioning in the market and are contributing substantial revenues toward the market's growth.
North America held the significant market share in year 2020, along with the notable revenue generation opportunities in Europe and APAC.
The List of Companies - Rugged Phone Market
Juniper Systems Inc
Sonim Technologies Inc
Zebra Technologies Corporation
Unitech Electronics Co., LTD
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