A new research report from Canalys analyzed global PC sales for the second quarter of 2021. This class of devices includes desktops such as all-in-ones, towers, laptops, and Chromebooks (as a subset of laptops).
Demand remains high, especially due to a strong business segment, as the urgency for consumers to get their hands on PCs due to the pandemic begins to fade. Component supply problems remain a problem for the industry, but the scale of shortages and backlogs is decreasing.
The overall PC market grew 13% year-on-year for the second quarter of 2021, totaling approximately 82.3 million units shipped. Lenovo dominated the quarter, shipping 20 million units this quarter compared to 17.4 million in the previous quarter, with growth of 14.7% year-on-year and ended up with a market share of 24.3%. HP is second with 22.6% market share, selling approximately 18.6 million units and growing only 2.8% year-on-year.
Dell takes third place with 17% market share and 13.9 million units shipped. Apple ranks fourth in the segment, with 7.8% market share and about 6.4 million units. Acer comes just after Apple with 7.3% market share and the remaining OEMs accounted for 21% of all market share, totaling 17.3 million units.
The increase is mainly due to commercial sales channels created by companies in recovery. Going forward, the industry can expect consumer sales to slow while commercial sales increase. At the same time, supply chain constraints, while affecting production, have eased component delivery times.
The PC market is expected to see strong sales next year as Apple’s M1 computers continue to infiltrate the market. New updates for ChromeOS, macOS, and Windows 11 are expected to continue boosting sales in the segment.