Gartner yesterday reported that worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.7 million units in the first quarter of 2015, a 5.2 percent decline from the first quarter of 2014. Lenovo and HP were the only two OEMs among the top five worldwide that experienced an increase in PC shipments in the first quarter of 2015.
“The PC industry received a boost in 2014 as many companies replaced their PCs due to the end of Windows XP support, but that replacement cycle faded in the first quarter of 2015,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “However, this decline is not necessarily a sign of sluggish overall PC sales long term. Mobile PCs, including notebooks, hybrid and Windows tablets, grew compared with a year ago. The first quarter results support our projection of a moderate decline of PC shipments in 2015, which will lead to a slow, consistent growth stage for the next five years.
Desktop PC shipments declined rapidly as everyone is preferring mobile PCs these days. PC replacements will be driven by thin and light notebooks with tablet functionality. Gartner predicts strong growth of hybrid notebooks, especially in mature markets, in 1Q15.