Lenovo has passed Dell and is closing in on HP in global PC shipments, according to a new research report.
be on the verge of toppling Dell as the second-largest global PC brand,
according to a new research note from IHS. That would place the Chinese
manufacturer behind Hewlett-Packard, which continues to reign as the world's
largest despite some well-publicized recent troubles.
the firm, Lenovo's global PC shipments rose 14.5 percent to 12.5 million units
in the third quarter of 2011. Meanwhile, Dell racked up 11.2 million shipments,
a slight rise from the 11.1 million in the previous quarter. HP held the top
spot with 16.2 million, a 5.9 percent rise from 15.3 million the previous
year, HP briefly considered spinning off its PC-manufacturing division, until
newly minted CEO Meg Whitman chose to keep the unit in-house. However, the
company did shut down its nascent webOS tablet and smartphone efforts, and will
make a decision in the coming weeks about the fate of the webOS operating
system-once intended for desktops and laptops in addition to mobile devices,
but now something of an orphan after the collapse of HP's tablet initiative.
Acer and Asus
rounded out the top five with 9.4 million and 5.9 million in shipments,
continues to capitalize on strong demand for PCs in its home market of China,"
Matthew Wilkens, principal analyst for compute platforms research for IHS,
wrote in a Nov. 30 research note. "While PC sales in the United States, Europe
and many other regions are suffering because of weak economic conditions and
rising competition from media tablets, desktop and notebook sales remain red
hot in China."
growth allows Lenovo to outpace rivals who focus more on the U.S. market, he
added, "putting it in position to contend with HP for market leadership."
global PC shipments rose to 90.4 million units for the quarter, up
significantly from the 85.6 million shipped the previous quarter. "The
attainment of any growth at all represents a victory for the market," Wilkens
added. "This increase in sales comes at a time of weak consumer sales and a
strong challenge from alternative platforms-specifically the media tablets."
has benefitted immensely from the blockbuster iPad, which effectively kicked
off the recent renaissance in consumer tablets-rivals have struggled to develop
a tablet capable of achieving similar sales numbers. That hasn't stopped them
from flooding the market with "iPad killers," though. In the coming quarters,
Microsoft plans to introduce Windows 8, the next version of its popular
operating system, on tablets in addition to traditional PCs.
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