One of the current drags on the PC industry is falling tablet PC shipments, and a new report by NPD DisplaySearch indicates that the drop could be as much as 5 percent annually.
Tablet PCs accounted for more than half of all mobile PC shipments for the Q1 2014 period, and year-on-year shipment growth for these devices fell for the first time, down almost 5 percent, from 59 million units shipped in Q1 2013 to 56.3 million units in Q1 2014.
Mobile PCs have displayed a similar year-on-year fall of 5 percent, with 99 million units shipped in Q1 2014 compared to 104.4 million units in Q1 2013.
But this is nothing compared to the bloodbath suffered by notebooks, which are down 14 percent, from 40.7 million units in Q1 2013 to 35 million units in Q1 2014. Offsetting this, ultra-slim PC shipments rose 62 percent, up from 4.8 million units in Q1 2013 to 7.8 million units in Q1 2014.
In the mobile PC market, Apple remains king, with nearly twice the share of second-ranked Samsung, and over 80 percent of Apple’s mobile PC shipments were tablet PCs, compared to 90 percent of Samsung’s shipments.
The report claims that both Lenovo and HP saw their mobile PC shipments grow between Q1 2013 and Q1 2014. Lenovo has seen its tablet PC shipments increase from 3 percent of its overall mobile PC shipments in Q1 2013, to nearly 30 percent in Q1 2014.