Hybrid Laptops Raise Hope In Slumping PC Market
The year 2014 had given us some hope on the rise of global PC shipments, driven by a brighter economic outlook. The first quarter of 2015 again brings sorrow to the PC industry, with a Gartner report tracing decline in the PC shipments. Nevertheless the analysts are still hopeful.
Gartner’s latest report reveals that nearly 71.7 million units shipped worldwide during the first quarter of 2015, down 5.2 percent from the same time last year. This category, as per Gartner’s definition spans desktop PCs, notebook PCs and premium ultramobiles, Windows-based tablets and other non-Windows-based tablets.
For Dell too, which ranks third, this quarter is marked by a big loss, which also can be attributed to the worldwide PC shipment decline – which the company suffered for the first time in six quarters.
Despite the slump, Gartner analysts are optimistic. As Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner states, “This decline is not necessarily a sign of sluggish overall PC sales long term.” He states that notebooks, hybrid and Windows tablets grew relatively than a year ago. Therefore, first quarter of moderate decline of PC shipments in 2015, which will lead to a slow, consistent growth stage for the next five years, he says
Lenovo and HP were the only two vendors among the top five worldwide that experienced an increase in PC shipments in the first quarter of 2015. Lenovo experienced its strongest growth in EMEA and the U.S. It has become one of the top providers of hybrid notebooks, especially its Yoga line in mature markets.
HP performed moderately well in the first quarter, and it kept its top position in the U.S. and EMEA. HP increased share in the U.S., market with more than 3.6 million units shipped, accounting for 26.1 percent of the U.S. market share, followed by Dell, Apple, Lenovo and Asus, respectively. But in EMEA the share from Lenovo, the second-largest vendor in the region, narrowed compared with 4Q14. Asus and Acer rounded out the global vendor leader board in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Apple continues to see steady shipment growth, according to Gartner. Apple Mac computer shipped nearly 1.7 million PCs in 1Q15, up from 1.5 million in 1Q14, marking an 8.9 percent increase.
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