Tablets put squeeze on PC market: Gartner

 

Windows 8 made no significant impact on market.

Consumers are continuing to shift away from laptop and desktop PCs to tablets, according to market statistics compiled by research firm Gartner.

For the last quarter of 2012, global PC shipments declined 4.9 percent to 90.3 million units, and this "points to something beyond a weak economy," said Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa.

Kitagawa speculates that most people will use tablets to consume digital content and perform creative and administrative tasks on a shared PC. The previous assumption by the analyst firm was that users would own both a PC and a tablet.

This now seems unlikely, Kitagawa said. Consumers won't replace secondary PCs in households but buy tablets instead.

The silver lining for PC makers is that the machines replaced for shared use are likely to be of better specifications and therefore, command higher average prices.

Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q12 (Units)


Company

4Q12 Shipments

4Q12 Market Share (%)

4Q11 Shipments

4Q11 Market Share (%)

4Q12-4Q11 Growth (%)

HP

14,645,041

16.2

14,711,280

15.5

-0.5

Lenovo

13,976,668

15.5

12,915,766

13.6

8.2

Dell

9,206,391

10.2

11,633,387

12.2

-20.9

Acer Group

8,622,701

9.5

9,690,624

10.2

-11.0

ASUS

6,528,228

7.2

6,133,042

6.5

6.4

Others

37,393,913

41.4

39,934,184

42.0

-6.4

Total

90,372,942

100.0

95,018,284

100.0

-4.9

Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad. Data is based on the shipments selling into channels.
Source: Gartner (January 2013)

Gartner also has some bad news for Microsoft: Windows 8 was by and large ignored by potential consumers in the last quarter and made very little impact on the market.

"Some PC vendors offered somewhat lacklustre form-factors in their Windows 8 offerings and missed the excitement of touch," Gartner notes.

Gartner also noted devices running the OS were too expensive for consumers in Europe, The Middle East and Africa.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Tablets put squeeze on PC market: Gartner
 
 
 
Top Stories
Earning the right to innovate
Breaking down the barriers to innovation is a long, but rewarding process, says Bank of Queensland Group CIO, Julie Bale.
 
A call for timely reporting
[Blog post] Businesses need incentives to keep customer data secure.
 
Doubts cast on Queensland's ICT Dashboard
Opposition, former Govt CIO say it can't be trusted.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Have customers that won't pay debts?
Jul 10, 2014
The ACCC and ASIC have updated their advice when it comes to collecting debts.
Carpet cleaner faces court over online testimonials
Jul 4, 2014
The ACCC has initiated proceedings against A Whistle (1979) Pty Ltd, the franchisor of Electrodry...
You can now get 15GB of free online storage using Microsoft OneDrive
Jun 25, 2014
Cloud storage has reached both the capacity and price where it's a viable alternative to local ...
Another clever trick you can perform with Xero
Jun 25, 2014
Here is another way to reach out to particular subsets of your customers using Xero.
Have a phone, tablet and laptop?
Jun 20, 2014
This new Telstra pre-paid 4G mobile hotspot might be useful if you regularly need to use fast ...
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  26%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  29%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  23%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  5%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 835

Vote