PC sales set for record, despite tablet popularity

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 March, 2012, 12:00am


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Despite the growing popularity of media tablets led by Apple's iPad, personal computer shipments on the mainland this year are forecast to reach a record 81.9 million units.

Market research firm Gartner said that figure will be up 11.3 per cent over 2011 and will represent more than 22 per cent of total worldwide personal computer shipments this year.

The upbeat prediction buttresses the optimistic view of the market held by mainland computer giant Lenovo, the world's second-largest supplier of personal computers.

'The growth momentum in the China PC market will continue,' chairman and chief executive Yang Yuanqing said.

Yang attributed that resilience to 'China's healthy economic growth and the relatively low PC penetration rates in emerging cities'.

Hong Kong-listed Lenovo seized a record-high market share of more than 35 per cent in the fourth quarter on the mainland, the world's biggest market for personal computers.

According to technology research firm IDC, the mainland's top five personal computer brands last year were Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Hewlett-Packard and AsusTek Computer.

Apple, which IDC ranked No11 among the mainland's top-selling personal computer brands in 2011, is expected to crack the top-10 ranking this year based on rising demand for its iMac and MacBook computers.

'There is so much interest around Apple products, led by the iPhone and iPad, that growth was inevitably going to happen anyway for Mac computers on the mainland,' said Bryan Ma, IDC's associate vice-president for Asia-Pacific client devices research.

It is that growing interest in smartphones and media tablets that poses a challenge to traditional personal computer vendors on the mainland.

Apple releases its new iPad in Hong Kong tomorrow, but no release date for the mainland has been set.