Global PC Shipments totaled 68 million units in Q3 2019, up from 67 million units in Q3 2018. Top PC vendors have improved their profit margins from their PC business as a result of declining component prices.
Three vendors of Global PC Shipments Lenovo, HP, and Dell — which was already significant. The top PC vendors have improved their profit margins from their PC business as a result of declining component prices.
Gartner and IDC analysts pointed to the Windows 10 refresh cycle in the business market as contributing to the past quarter’s gain. Windows 7 hitting end of support on January 14, 2020, it seems like at least some businesses are trying to migrate to Windows 10 last-minute.
24.7%, 22.4%, and 16.6% market share respectively.
“The Windows 10 refresh cycle continued to be the primary driver for growth across all regions. The magnitude of the impact varied according to local market conditions and the stage of the refresh cycle.
“For example, in Japan, PC shipments grew 55 percent in the third quarter of 2019, driven by the Windows 10 refresh cycle and a pending sales tax change.
This strong growth helped propel the total worldwide PC market to growth,” Mikako Kitagawa, Senior Principal Research Analyst at Gartner, said in a statement.
The Intel CPU shortage opened opportunities for alternative CPU vendors, namely AMD and Qualcomm, to reposition their processors in the PC market where Intel is dominant.
Teaming up with Microsoft, Qualcomm has promoted the ‘always-connected PC’, which is equipped with LTE capabilities.
Though this segment has not taken off, most major PC vendors have released mobile PCs with cellular antennas built-in. Microsoft is expected to release an LTE-capable mobile PC soon.
IDC also found Lenovo first and HP second, with Dell rounding out the top three. All three saw growth, while Apple and Acer declined. The rest of the market also declined, by 3.2%. The exact numbers, for your perusal.