PC sales enjoyed a second successive quarter of strong growth, with Chromebooks and tablets accounting for the largest percentage…
Back in July, PC shipments increased significantly, in no small part, due to the global pandemic and ensuing quarantines and work-from-home transitions. Now, PC sales have experienced yet another quarter of growth, with Chromebooks and tablets out in front, according to new research from Canalys. This, with Black Friday, as well as Cyber Monday, still on the way.
PC Sales Grow Again as Tablets and Chromebooks Lead the Way
During the third quarter, 124.5 million units were shipped. That represents an increase of 23 percent, when combining PC sales along with tablets. Lenovo was out in front with 23.5 million tablets, noteboots, and desktops shipped. Apple took second place by shipping 22.1 million Macs and iPads. Meanwhile, HP ran third, with 18.6 million shipments, followed fourth by Dell with 12 million, and Samsung taking fifth with 9.9 million.
Tablet sales, which have been declining since 2015, were up by 43 percent, shipping 44.3 million units in a year-over-year comparison. Canalys analyst Victoria Li attributes the sudden sales spurt of tablets to the devices’ balance between mobility and computing power — delivering the best of both worlds in one package. Chromebooks also recorded impressive growth in Q3 2020, with Lenovo alone increasing its shipments by more than 300 percent.