IBM tops Asian notebook market

Big Blue tops the Asia-Pacific notebook market in the first quarter of the year, despite keen competition from Toshiba.

Big Blue topped the Asia-Pacific notebook market in the first quarter of the year, despite keen competition from Toshiba.

IBM captured a market share of 16 percent on sales of $207.3 million in the region, excluding Japan, according to market research firm IDC. First runner-up Toshiba registered a 14.6 percent market share, IDC said.

About 85 percent of IBM's notebook sales came from corporations, which tend to upgrade their hardware more often than home users, the research firm noted.

In the same quarter, Big Blue also led the sale of commercial notebooks in Singapore with a revenue share of 21.1 percent. To date, more than 15 million IBM ThinkPad notebooks have been shipped. The product line debuted in 1992.

Separately, market researcher Gartner announced that worldwide notebook shipments in the second quarter grew 6 percent year-on-year to 6.9 million units, thanks to steady price drops, repeat purchases and small-business owners.