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Chromebooks’ global tablets and shipments saw huge growth in the first quarter of 2021: IDC

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Demand for tablets and Chromebooks worldwide has seen a huge jump in the first quarter of 2021, according to a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC). While tablets grew annually by 55.2% out of a total of 39.9 million shipments, Chromebook shipments grew by a whopping 357.1% to 13 million in the first quarter of 2021, according to the report. IDC said that growth on this scale in the tablet market has not been observed since the third quarter of 2013.

IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker is also available on the condition individual presentation of different tablet and Chromebook providers. Apple continued to lead in the tablet category with a total shipment of 12.7 million and a market share of 31.7 percent. The company delivered 7.7 million units in the first quarter of 2020, which corresponds to 64.3% growth in the first quarter of 2021.

Samsung took second place with a shipment of 8 million tablets to grab a 20 percent market share. It registered an annual growth of 60.8%. Lenovo delivered 3.8 million units to claim a market share of 9.4% and registered a growth of 138.1% on an annual basis.

Amazon fourth, it had the strongest annual growth of 143% with a total supply of 3.5 million tablets for 8.7% market share. Huawei ranked fifth with a shipment of 2.7 million tablets, a market share of 6.8 percent and an annual growth of 1.7 percent.

While the spread of vaccines and the return of companies to offices may slow down the trend of ‘work from home’, we are still far from returning to ‘normal’ working conditions and therefore the demand for tablets, especially demountable ones, is expected to continue for some time, said Anuroopa Nataraj, an analyst at Rresearch with mobile and consumer IDC tracking devices.

As for the Chromebook, HP delivered 4.4 million units in the first quarter of 2021 to grab 33.5% market share. Its performance corresponds to a colossal 633.9% growth on an annual basis. Second place went to Lenovo with a total delivery of 3.3 million Chromebooks. It grabbed 25.6% market share and registered growth of 356.2% on an annual basis.

Acer ranked third with a shipment of 1.9 million units and a growth of 150.9% on an annual basis, while Dell in fourth place were delivered 1.5 million units, registering 327.1% growth. Samsung came in fifth place with 496% growth compared to the same quarter last year and a total shipment of 1 million units.

“There is no doubt that the Chromebook has replaced tablets in many educational markets. However, the cost and dependence on cloud services have prevented them from becoming a mainstay in all regions, ”said Jitesh Ubrani, IDC’s mobile and consumer tracking research manager.


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