Apple Maintains Grip on Top Mobile PC Market Share in Q1
May 22, 2012 9:40 AM
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Apple dominates tablet market
The latest numbers are in from NPD DisplaySearch looking at the mobile PC share and shipments for Q1 2012. According to the numbers, Apple shipped nearly 17.2 million mobile PCs in Q1 racking up 118% year-over-year growth. The big seller for Apple that pushed it to such high numbers is the iPad. DisplaySearch found that nearly 80% of Apple's mobile PC shipments were the iPad.
Apple's ever-popular tablet shipped over 13.6 million units alone in Q1 of 2012 for 162% year-over-year growth. The overall market shipped 76.2 million mobile PCs during Q1, for a seasonal drop of 15% compared to Q4 2011. Shipments grew 30% year-over-year showing that the mobile computer market is making a comeback after the economic turmoil 2011.
Tablet PCs grew 124% year-over-year with notebooks and mini notebooks growing 12%. The tablet PC growth is absolutely fueled by the Apple iPad. Breaking down the numbers based on region, China was largest market for growth quarter over quarter.
"The China region had sequential quarter shipment growth, achieving 13% for mobile PCs overall, 12% for notebook and mini-note PCs, and 16% for tablet PCs," said Richard Shim, NPD DisplaySearch Senior Analyst. "This is noteworthy given the sequential declines in all other regions as well as the declines in other product categories including TVs and monitors."
Apple's iPad allowed the company to reach 22.5% of the overall mobile PC market for the quarter, nearly twice HP's share. The other top five brands for the quarter relied on notebooks for their market share. HP was second largest shipping 8.9 million units for 11.6% of the market. Acer took the third spot with 6.9 million units shipped for 9% of the market. Lenovo had the fourth place spot with 5.9 million units shipped and 7.7% of the market followed closely by Dell in fifth place with 5.6 million units shipped and 7.3% of the mobile PC market.
The numbers look very different if you take tablets out of the figures with HP coming in first for notebooks and mini notebook shipments with 8.9 million units moved and 16.2% of the market. Acer was in 3rd place, Lenovo was in third, Dell was in fourth place, and Asus was in fifth place.
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The Number Are Blurred
5/23/2012 10:51:33 AM
These numbers arbitrarily lumping in tablets with laptops. A tablet is far more like a smartphone than a laptop. Heck, I browse the Internet much more on my phone that I do on a desktop or laptop, outside of work.
My point is that the lines for what defines a mobile PC is blurred so much they should be including many more mobile devices in the counts: smart devices like the iPod touch and Galaxy Player, smartphones, tablets and laptops should be included in these mobile PC numbers.
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