We learned earlier this month that PC shipments continued to surge during the first quarter of 2021. Now IDC reports that two particular product categories are doing particularly well: Chromebooks and tablets.
According to IDC, 39.9 million tablets were shipped in the first quarter of 2021, which is a 55.2 percent increase over the same period a year earlier.
Chromebook shipments were more modest, at 13 million. But that marks a 357.1 percent increase over the 2.8 million units that shipped in Q1, 2020.
The research firm chalks the increase in Chromebook shipments up to their growing prominence in the education space, particularly in developed countries where internet access is widely available.
Strong tablet shipments, meanwhile, are attributed to continuing demand for work-from-home hardware during the COVID-19 pandemic. While that’s certainly led to more people buying laptops and other personal computers, there’ve been a lot of shipments of tablets including 2-in-1 devices that work with detachable keyboards.
With that in mind, it’s interesting to note that Apple (which sells a line of keyboard covers for its iPad tablets) continues to be the market leader with nearly a 32-percent market share according to IDC’s estimates, followed by Samsung and Lenovo (which also offer keyboard accessories). In fourth and fifth place are Amazon and Huawei, and it’s interesting to note that earlier this this week Amazon introduced the new Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle, which is the first version of the company’s low-cost tablets that will ship with a Bluetooth keyboard and a 12-month subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal (which includes access to Office applications plus 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage).
It’ll be interesting to see if Amazon’s expanded offering helps the company pick up any market share in the next few quarters.
|Top Five Tablet Companies, Worldwide Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q1 2021 (Preliminary results, combined company view for the current quarter only, shipments in millions)|
|Company||1Q21 Shipments||1Q21 Market Share||1Q20 Shipments||1Q20 Market Share||Year-Over-Year Growth|
|Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PCD Tracker, April 29, 2021|
In terms of Chromebooks, IDC says HP leads the pack with a 33.5 percent market share, followed by Lenovo (25.6 percent), Acer (14.5 percent), Dell (11.3 percent) and Samsung (8 percent).
|Top Five Chromebook Companies, Worldwide Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q1 2021 (Preliminary results, combined company view for the current quarter only, shipments in millions)|
|Company||1Q21 Shipments||1Q21 Market Share||1Q20 Shipments||1Q20 Market Share||Year-Over Year Growth|
|1. HP Inc||4.4||33.5%||0.6||20.9%||633.9%|
|3. Acer Group||1.9||14.5%||0.8||26.4%||150.9%|
|4. Dell Technologies||1.5||11.3%||0.3||12.1%||327.1%|
|Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, April 29, 2021|