Global demand for Chromebooks and tablets saw a significant increase in Q1 2021, according to a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC). While tablets registered annual growth (YoY) growth of 55.2 percent with 39.9 percent of shipments, Chromebook shipments grew by 357.1 percent to 13 million in Q1 2021, according to the report.
The IDC said the growth of the figure in the tablet market had not been seen since the third quarter of 2013.
IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker also provides individual functionality for various tablet vendors and Chromebooks.
Apple continued to lead the tablet segment with a total deployment of 12.7 million and a market share of 31.7 percent. The company exported 7.7 million units in Q1 2020, which is in line with 64.3 percent growth in Q1 2021.
Samsung took second place with the delivery of 8 million tablets to a 20 percent market share. It registered YoY growth at 60.8 percent. Lenovo sent 3.8 million units to demand a market share of 9.4 percent, registering YoY growth by 138.1 percent.
Amazon at number four had the strongest growth of YoY by 143 percent with a total shipping of 3.5 million tablets with a market share of 8.7 percent. Huawei took fifth place with 2.7 million tablet exports, a 6.8 percent market share and a YoY growth rate of 1.7 percent.
“While the roll-out of vaccines and re-enterprises may reduce the tendency to work at home, we are still far from returning to ‘normal’ working conditions which is why the need for pills, especially available ones, is expected to continue for a while,” said Anuroopa Nataraj, Research Analyst with IDC’s Mobility and Consumer. Device Trackers.
Speaking of Chromebooks, HP sent 4.4 million units in Q1 2021 to capture a market share of 33.5 percent. Its performance equates to a 633.9% growth in YoY. Second place went to Lenovo with a full shipping of 3.3 million Chromebooks. It has a market share of 25.6 percent and registered YoY growth at 356.2 percent.
Acer stood in third place with 1.9 million units shipping and YoY growth at 150.9 percent, while Dell in fourth place sent 1.5 million units registering growth at 327.1 percent. Samsung came in fifth with a growth rate of 496 percent compared to the same quarter last year with a total shipping of one million units.
“There is no doubt that Chromebooks have introduced tablets in many educational markets. However, the price and reliability of cloud services have prevented them from becoming pillars in all regions, ”said Jitesh Ubrani, research director at IDC’s Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers.