Canalys has released its third quarter PC and tablet shipment report yesterday.
The entire PC market (including tablets) maintained strong growth for the second consecutive quarter, with total shipments of 124.5 million units, a year-on-year increase of 23%.
“Tablets have come back from the dead as they deliver the perfect balance of mobility and computing power at a wide range of price points during such a crucial time,” said Victoria Li, Canalys Analyst. The tablet market has been in free-fall since 2015, with the last two quarters being the only quarters of growth in the last five years. “Tablets are a natural choice for first-time PC users who want something uncomplicated and affordable to work with. The natural extension of Android and iOS on tablets makes it easy for parents, students and educators who dabbled with extended remote learning for the first time in their lives and prefer the ease of installing apps that these platforms offer. Another contributing factor is the role these tablets play in the accelerated pace of digital transformation that big and small companies are undertaking. Connected tablets allow businesses to deploy endpoints at crucial stages in their customer and salesforce journeys, thereby helping these businesses ride the storm. Tablets will find themselves at the heart of every digital transformation going forward.”
Lenovo leads the global market with 23.5 million tablets, laptops and desktops. It is followed by Apple (22.1 million Macs and iPads). HP, Dell and Samsung entered the top five.
Chromebook was the best-performing client PC product in the third quarter, with shipments reaching a record 9.4 million units, an increase of 122% over the same period last year.
Detachable products (tablets and laptops) grew by 88% and are the second best performing category in personal computing. Although the desktop market as a whole fell by 32%, all-in-one computers still grew by 7%.
In the third quarter of 2020, the global tablet computer market has grown strongly. The shipments reached 44.3 million units, a year-on-year increase of 43%.
Top Players in PC and Tablet Market
Overall, the top five tablet PC manufacturers have achieved year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter growth. This is a remarkable performance given the strong shipments in the second quarter.
Apple still maintained its leading position with shipments of 15.2 million units, an increase of 47%. Samsung ranked second with a terrifying 80% growth rate. It surpassed 9 million units for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2015. With its strong position in China and Europe, Huawei won the third place. It has a growth rate of 38% and shipped 5.1 million units. Amazon and Lenovo ranked in the top five, with increases of 8% and 59% respectively.
Suppliers of Chromebooks ushered in an amazing growth rate. Hewlett-Packard (HP) led the market this quarter, more than doubling from the same period last year to 3.2 million units. Most of them came from the US domestic market. Lenovo has significantly increased its Chromebook shipments, increasing by more than 300%, ranking second with 1.8 million units sold. Dell, Acer and Asus accounted for the rest of the top five. Each achieves strong growth and setting a record for Chromebook shipments.