The latest report from market research firm Canalys showed that the PC market – which includes tablet computers – witnessed a second consecutive quarter of growth, with total shipments reaching 124.5 million units, an increase of 23 percent year-on-year.
Lenovo led the global market by shipping 23.5 million tablets, laptops and desktop computers, followed by Apple with 22.1 million Mac and iPad devices. Then came (HP), Dell, and Samsung in the third, fourth, and fifth places; Respectively.
Chromebooks were the best performing personal computers in the third quarter, with shipments growing 122 percent to 9.4 million. Detachable devices – which can be used as tablets and laptops – grew by 88 percent, and are the second largest. In the field of desktop computers, All-in-One devices grew by 7 percent, however, the overall desktop market witnessed a decline of 32 percent.
According to the Canalys report, the tablet market worldwide recorded excellent growth in the third quarter of 2020, with shipments reaching 44.3 million units, an increase of 43 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, Chromebook shipments hit a record high, 122 percent more than last year. Both categories came to the fore with regard to affordable computers, as the epidemic continued to positively affect personal computer ownership and use for various purposes.
Across the board, the Big Five Tablet sellers recorded annual and quarterly growth, which – according to Canalys – is impressive performance; Given the strong shipments in the second quarter of this year.
Apple maintained its lead by shipping about 15.2 million iPads, and grew 47 percent. Samsung ranked second, with an astonishing 80 percent growth, with about 9 million units shipped for the first time from the fourth quarter of 2015. Huawei achieved significant growth in China, and Europe by 38 percent, to ensure the third place shipped about 5.1 million units. Amazon and Lenovo accounted for the fourth and fifth places, with a growth of 8 percent and 59 percent. Respectively.
“The tablets are back from the dead,” said an analyst at Canalys – (Victoria Lee). It provides the perfect balance between portability and computing power, while being available at different prices during such a critical time. ” She added, “The tablet PC market has witnessed a free fall since 2015, and the last two quarters were the only two quarters of growth in the past five years.”
Lee said, “Tablet PCs are a natural choice for first-time PC users who want to use something less complex and affordable. The presence of Android and iOS systems on tablets made it easier – for parents, students and teachers accustomed to both systems in smartphones, who have immersed themselves in distance learning for the first time in their lives, and prefer the ease of installation of the applications provided by these two platforms.