The sales of PCs and tablets they begin to decline after the hardest phase of the pandemic. According to data from Canalys, sales of computers and tablets worldwide down 3% in the first quarter of 2021. In total, 118.1 million units of PCs and tablets were sold between January and March.
But despite this drop, sales are still stronger than before the pandemic, with annual growth over the last three years of 12% since the first quarter of 2019. Although the demand for business PCs continues apace, a slowdown is noted in the consumer market.
Also in education, a sector in which sales of Chromebooks and tablets have decreased. Thus, the sales of tablets have registered a decrease in sales in the quarter of 3% year-on-year, with 38.6 million units sold between January and March. Those of Chromebooks have dropped no less than 60% year-on-year, with 4.9 million units sold.
The iPad sales They have dropped 2%, with 7.9 million units sold, with Apple as the sales leader of this type of device. Samsung, the second classified in tablet sales in the period, it has also reduced its sales of tablets by 2%, and between January and March it has sold 7.9 million devices.
Meanwhile, Amazon has taken third place from Lenovo, which falls to fourth. Amazon has seen its Fire tablets grow 3% in sales, while Lenovo’s tablet sales, down 20% year-on-year at 3 million units in the quarter. Huawei ranks fifth, with a 22% drop in sales of its tablets compared to the first quarter of 2021, and 1.7 million tablets sold.
As for the chromebook sales, saw how in the North American market, the main one, since it concentrates 72% of its sales, fell by 64% in the quarter. Chromebook figures have already started to fall in the second half of 2021 after both the United States and Japan concluded the purchase of units for the education sector.
Lenovo remains the sales leader in the Chromebook market, even though its sales fell 63% after the end of Japan’s GIGA project, for which Lenovo was almost its only supplier. It has sold 1.2 million units. Acer is in second place, with 1.1 million computers sold, 21% less.
It is followed by Dell, with 876,000 units sold, and which has registered the smallest drop in Chromebook sales of all vendors, in part due to its limited presence in the education sector, which has driven the majority of sales so far from other manufacturers. . Of the first five classified, the one that has fallen the most in sales of Chromebooks has been HP, in fourth place, with a drop of 82% year-on-year and 775,000 units sold. In fifth position is Asus, with 460,000 computers sold.
In it global PC marketwhich includes desktops, laptops and tablets, Apple took first place in sales in the quarter, with 22.3 million units sold between January and March this year, an amount that represents a year-on-year increase of 1%. Lenovo, in second place, recorded a year-over-year drop in sales of 12%, with 21.2 million devices sold in the period.
HP, in third place, sold 15.9 million units, which is a decrease of 18%. Dell, in fourth place, has benefited from demand for business PCs, growing 6.1% in PC sales to 13.8 million PCs. Samsung, in fifth place, sold 8.8 million units.