India's PC Shipments Up 10.6%; Lenovo Takes The Lead

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 16, 2016

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Shipments of personal computers in India grew nearly 11% in the fourth-quarter, but the research firm added that it does not see significant growth in the market going forward.

PC shipments in India totalled nearly 2.6 million units that includes desk-based and mobile PCs, Gartner said. The research firm showed that increased its share of the market to 25.3% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, from 18% a year ago.

“Consumers accounted for 40 percent of total PC sales in the fourth quarter of 2015, down from 52 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014,” said Vishal Tripathi, research director at Gartner. ” The PC market in India is facing some challenging market dynamics. The enterprise segment might witness some growth going forward due to government and education projects, however we do not foresee significant growth in the PC market in India.”

White boxes (including parallel imports), which accounted for 32 percent of the overall desktop market, declined 6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. In the fourth quarter, mobile PCs grew by 27 percent year-on-year primarily due to state government orders.

Researchers see some niche segments of mobile PCs coming up in the next one year. Say, IDC noted in a recent report, in the tablet PC segment, (which is becoming a dying segment by and large), the rise of keyboard-detachable tablets - like the Microsoft Surface Book, the Apple iPad Pro, and the Google Pixel C - will  spur the growth.

Demand for tablets has shifted to those with detachable keyboards, though global shipments of tablet market is dwindling, and it’s Microsoft and Apple iPad Pro that’s poised to take full advantage of the rise of the detachable. In the fourth quarter ending December 2015, IDC reported a 13.7% year-over-year drop in worldwide tablet sales, with 65.9 million units of tablets shipped. For the full year, IDC said the number of tablets shopped fell 10.1 per cent from a year earlier to 206.8 million.

According to Gartner, Lenovo moved into the number one position in PC shipment in India in the fourth quarter of 2015 (see Table 1) due to the state government order execution in the quarter which helped Lenovo experience the largest increase in market share.

 

India PC Market Share Estimates for Fourth Quarter of 2015 (Percentage of Shipments)

Vendors

4Q15 Market Share (%)

4Q14 Market Share (%)

Lenovo

25.3

18.0

HP

23.3

25.5

Dell

20.6

24.1

Acer

13.9

9.9

Others

16.9

22.5

Total

100.0

100.0

Gartner (March 2016)