There’s a bit of a shakeup in the PC industry this week, as competing analysis firms each paint a different story of how the major OEMs – Dell, HP, Lenovo. Acer and the rest – stack up in terms of the number of PCs they ship out every quarter. Gartner’s report is the most interesting, as it claims that Lenovo, fuelled by substantial growth in the last couple of years, has edged past HP as the planet’s biggest PC maker.
Many companies have taken to including media tablets such as the iPad in PC shipments in recent months, but it’s worth pointing out that Gartner explicitly did not for this study.
There are several reasons for the changeup, among them a reportedly weak back-to-school season and the impending release of Windows 8.
HP has been the worldwide leader in PC shipments since mid-2006, when it took that crown from Dell (Dell remains one of the top sellers within the United States). Dell slipped to third in recent years as they work to transition from solely being a computer manufacturer to a hybrid PC/services vendor; Lenovo picked up their slack. The latter company has worked very aggressively to undercut competitors with lower prices – as a result, Gartner notes that Lenovo has been hitting greater-than-industry growth targets across every region.
IDC paints a slightly different outlook, though it remains similarly grim for most computer companies. HP was quick to point out IDC’s numbers in a press release issued shortly after Gartner posted their preliminary results. While the technology giant’s numbers still look bleak, they’ve held on to the top spot – for now. Even on this table, Lenovo is practically nipping at HP’s heels, as they lag by just 0.2%.