The market grew 73% in the first quarter, the statement said. This includes total desktops, laptops, tablets and workstations shipments exceeding 34 million units.
The top earners included laptops and tablets, the statement said. Laptops saw a 131% growth rate from last year, and tablets grew 52%. There was more demand due to the trend towards remote work. The tablets also saw 11 million units shipped due to demand from the December holiday season.
Meanwhile, desktops fell behind as demand was not as strong, the statement said.
In the USA, HP topped the vendor pack with more than 7 million units shipped in the first quarter as it filled trade backlogs and delivered strong Chromebook performance, the statement said. The Chromebook market grew 548% last year.
“Chromebooks were the fastest growing category in the United States in the first quarter,” Canalys research analyst Brian Lynch said in the release. âThe platform has experienced unprecedented growth over the past year in the United States, due to its dominance in education. “
For the first time since the third quarter of 2019, Apple lost its top spot as the largest PC vendor in the first quarter, though it still recorded 36% annual growth, the statement said.
Going forward, supply issues could hamper the industry and demand may not be met until early 2022, the statement said. President Joe Biden’s administration, hoping to resolve the supply issue, plans to invest nearly $ 50 billion in semiconductor manufacturing.
Last year, PC sales posted their best numbers in years, which Gregg Prendergast, Pan American President of Acer Inc., said it has strained the supply chain. Acer had to start delivering PCs to customers at its own expense, instead of relying on more time-consuming measures like sea or rail.