Although not a huge jump, PC shipments grew 1.5%, translating to 63 million units in the Q2 2019, according to research firm Gartner. Lenovo tops the list, with 25 percent share, and right next to it is HP, which is followed by Dell, Apple, Acer, and Asus.
However, only the top three in the list witnessed growth, rest including Apple had to experience an overall decline in shipments. It’s also noteworthy that Lenovo, for the first time, has surpassed HP in terms of shipments.
“There are signs that the Intel CPU shortage is easing, which has been an ongoing impact to the market for the past 18 months,” Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in a statement. “The shortage mainly impacted small and midsize vendors as large vendors took advantage and continued to grow, taking market share away from the smaller vendors that struggled to secure CPUs.”
IDC has a similar story to tell. However, IDC’s numbers are slightly different than those of Gartner, but they pretty much convey the same message. According to IDC, PC shipments grew 4.7 percent, translating to 64.9 million units in Q2 2019. The top 5 players, according to the research firm, are —Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer, and Apple
IDC data says that the only company that has experienced a decline in growth is Acer. Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple witnessed positive growth, according to IDC.
“With the January 2020 end of service (EOS) date for Windows 7 approaching, the market has entered the last leg of the Windows 7 to Windows 10 commercial migrations,” IDC research manager Jitesh Ubrani said in a statement. “However, the closing sprint is unlikely to generate the spike seen when Windows XP met its EOS because we are further ahead of the migration with two quarters to go. Still, organizations looking to finish their migration will create new opportunities for the market in the coming quarters.”
IDC holds the view that growth is temporary and wouldn’t last long. The next phase of US-China trade was might also play a huge role in the decline of PC shipments as most of the PCs are currently being manufactured in China, according to Gartner.