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Chromebooks Lead PC Revival In Q1 2021 With 275% Growth

Chromebook showed the highest growth in shipments in the PC market globally in the first quarter of this year with 275 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth, as per a report. The latest data by market research firm Canalys shows that the PC market which includes desktops, Chromebooks, notebooks, and tablets saw significant growth in Q1 2021 with a total of 122.1 million units shipped. HP shipped the most Chromebook models at around 4.3 million units giving it the highest market share. Lenovo was second in the list, followed by Acer, Samsung, Dell, and other brands.

“Chromebooks are well and truly a mainstream computing product now,” said Brian Lynch, Canalys Research Analyst. “While the education sector still accounts for the majority of shipments, their popularity with consumers and traditional commercial customers has reached new heights over the course of the last year. HP and Lenovo dominate the Chromebook market, but the boom has been a case of a rising tide lifting all boats, allowing vendors such as Acer and Samsung to carve out substantial shares within the PC market by catering specifically to Chromebook demand. Google is now in a strong position to work with its OEM partners and the channel to cement a rosy future for Chromebooks. A substantial messaging and evangelization push coupled with the targeting of growth trends, such as flexible work arrangements and budget-conscious SMBs, will be vital to ensure the longevity of Chromebooks’ success.”

Chromebooks are laptops that run Chrome OS and are designed for regular light tasks like browsing the web, watching videos, creating and editing documents, etc. The first quarter of this year saw significant growth in Chromebook shipments globally with a 274.6 percent (approximately 275 percent) growth compared to the same quarter of last year, according to the latest data by Canalys. There were 12 million Chromebook models shipped in the quarter. On the other hand, the notebook market grew as well with 62 percent YoY growth.

Tablet shipments of Chromebooks grew by 52 percent in the same quarter while desktop shipments declined by 4 percent. Overall, the PC market grew 53.1 percent YoY thanks to a total of 122.1 million unit shipments. This growth in Chromebooks, tablets, and laptop is from more and more people adjusting to the remote working scenario that has been imposed due to the pandemic.

HP leads the charge in Chromebook shipments with 4.3 million units and a 36.4 percent market share. Lenovo saw 3.1 million units shipped and a 25.9 percent market share. Acer captured 11.9 percent of the market with its 1.4 million units shipped, Samsung with its 1.2 million units shipped captured 10 percent of the market share, and Dell saw 8.4 percent market share with 1 million units shipped.

Coming to tablet shipments, Apple was at the top with its 38.2 percent market share and 15.1 million units shipped. Samsung and all other brands trail behind Apple with Samsung capturing 20.1 percent market share, Lenovo capturing 9.5 percent, Amazon taking in 8.7 percent, Huawei took 5.4 percent, and other brands took the remaining 18 percent market share. Overall, Lenovo secured the highest market share (including all four facets of PC market) at 19.7 percent. Apple followed with its 18.1 percent, HP with its 15.8 percent, Dell with its 10.7 percent, and Samsung with its 8 percent.

“The tablet market continues to defy expectations with the strength of its comeback,” said Canalys Research Analyst Himani Mukka. “Even beyond the traditionally strong holiday season, vendors are seeing elevated demand as the need for affordable computing power and connectivity persists. At a time when the overall PC market is facing a supply crunch, the vendors that have strong tablet offerings have been able to squeeze out even greater gains from the increased demand for screen access and remote productivity brought about by the pandemic. Canalys expects this trend to develop as tablets become mainstays in growing sectors such as education as well as in wider commercial deployments to support digital transformation.”

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