PC Shipments Fall Nearly 11 Percent in Q2 2013; Lenovo Beats HP as Top Vendor
July 11, 2013 10:58 AM
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Google's Chromebook, however, manages to stay on top of its game
have taken a hard hit since the advent of mobile electronics like tablets and smartphones, and while second quarter PC shipments show no different, some are managing to see some good in a bad situation -- like Lenovo, which managed to surpass Hewlett-Packard (HP) as the top PC vendor.
According to a new Gartner report, worldwide PC shipments dropped 10.9 percent in Q2 2013 to 76 million units from the year-ago quarter. This represents the fifth consecutive quarter of decreased shipments.
“We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market.”
Back in April, it was reported that PC industry sales had
dropped nearly 14 percent
in Q1 2013.
However, Lenovo seems to be picking up in PC shipments. Gartner found that Lenovo passed HP as the top worldwide PC vendor for Q2 2013 with 12,677,265 shipments. HP came in second place with 12,402,887 for the quarter.
But if you look at just U.S. shipments alone, HP is still on top with 3,957,761 Q2 shipments while Lenovo came in fourth place with 1,515,562 quarterly shipments. Dell came in second while Apple came in third.
Despite the 10.9 percent decrease in PC shipments, there's one machine that seems to disregard the dwindling conditions of the PC market --
According to NPD Group Inc., the Chromebook has gained 20 to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops under $300 in just the past eight months. The PC seems to be snagging market share and sales while the rest of the market is slumping.
Chromebooks were introduced in June 2011 and treated like a stripped-down machine with limited abilities. They run the Google Chrome OS and use Web-based applications rather than traditional desktop applications that stay on the machine.
There are a few different models made by Samsung, Acer, HP and Google (
). They start at $199 USD.
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7/11/2013 3:27:36 PM
I've been looking at these Chinese devices lately. I very worried about support so my hand has been stayed, but not lightly, as a 1080p phone with Snapdragon 600 for $250 is
tempting. I really wish Google would hurry the hell up and make a Nexus 5 so I don't make any rash decisions.
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