Global PC shipments were down during the first quarter of 2020 due to supply chain issues, but they more than bounced back in the second quarter, as customers snatched up computers for working and learning from home.

But it looks like tablets might have had an even better Q2.

Canalys reports that overall tablet shipments were 26-percent higher than during the same period a year earlier. By comparison, Canalys says PC shipments were only up 9 percent year-over-year.

To be clear, PCs are still more popular than tablets. According to Canalys, there were nearly twice as many PC shipments in Q2, 2020 than there were tablet shipments. But tablets seem to be growing faster than traditional PCs.

According to Canalys, that’s likely because the tick a lot of boxes for customers at a time when so many of us are working from home or participating in online learning.

You can use them to read textbooks and other documents, participate in video conferencing and collaboration sessions, or some models also let you use a pen or keyboard to get work done.

Entry-level tablets like Amazon’s Fire tablets are generally a lot cheaper than a typical PC, which makes it easier to buy multiple devices so that each member of a household can have their own device.

Of course some high-end tablets like Apple’s iPad Pro lineup are basically PCs with a custom tablet-friendly operating system.

Speaking of Apple, the company continues to dominate the tablet space, with a 38-percent market share, according to Canalys. Samsung comes in a distant second place, with less than 19-percent of the market. Huawei, Amazon, and Lenovo take the rest of the top 5 spots.

Vendor (company) Q2 2020
shipments
Q2 2020
market share
Q2 2019
shipments
Q2 2019
market share
Annual
growth
Apple 14,249,000 38.0% 11,894,000 40.0% 19.8%
Samsung 7,024,000 18.7% 5,048,000 17.0% 39.2%
Huawei 4,770,000 12.7% 3,300,000 11.1% 44.5%
Amazon 3,164,000 8.4% 2,308,000 7.8% 37.1%
Lenovo 2,810,000 7.5% 1,838,000 6.2% 52.9%
Others 5,525,000 14.7% 5,379,000 18.1% 2.7%
Total 37,542,000 100.0% 29,767,000 100.0% 26.1%
Note: percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
Source: Canalys PC Analysis (sell-in shipments), August 2020

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  1. All these Android tablets have the wrong aspect ratios, for productivity. For some reason. Maybe this market needs more competition?