Tablet shipments soared 200 percent over the past years, accordingto research company Canalys, but Apple didn’t ship enough iPads inQ1 to retain the No. 1 position for the most client PCs shipped.The distinction went to HP, which has bounced back from a rocky2011, spurred in part by an improving global economy that helpedpush notebook shipments up by 11 percent and desktop shipments upby 8 percent. The future of netbooks , meanwhile, doesn’t look particularly bright. Shipments for thatbreed of computing hardware were down 34 percent year over year,marking the sixth successive quarterly decline. “Most of the leading PC vendors have done a reasonable job ofoffsetting the declines in their netbook shipments over the pastyear with increased pad business,” said Canalys research analystTom Evans. Jewelry Drawstring Pouch
“The challenge is breaking out into the really bigvolumes to challenge the leaders — Apple and Amazon. So far, onlySamsung has shown it can routinely ship more than a million pads aquarter.” Broken down by vendor, HP shipped the most client PCs this quarter,according to Canalys — about 40,000 more than the 15.8 millionApple delivered. Lenovo took third place, with year-on-year growthof 50 percent. Acer and Dell took the remaining spots in the topfive, but both companies saw shipments drop since Q1 2011. All inall, 107 million units shipped this past quarter, marking anoverall 21 percent increase. Organza Drawstring Pouch Manufacturer
By year’s end, the overall client PC landscape could changeconsiderably, thanks to some key factors. First, Microsoft willhave launched Windows 8 , which is designed for both desktop clients and tablets. If the OSproves a hit, the Apple iPad could lose some ground to Windowstablets from the competition. “If you look at the U.S., pads are approaching 40 percent of allclient PC shipments,” said Canalys VP and principal analyst ChrisJones. “The pad proposition for U.S. Embroidered Tote Bags Manufacturer
consumers is very strong,thanks to the wider choice in content and apps.” Second, according to Canalys, thin and light laptops will start approaching mainstream price points later this year. Ultrabooks — the Windows PC answer to thelightweight MacBook Air — already are enjoying unexpected levelsof adoption. Dell revealed this week that it has sold three times as many ultraslim XPS 13 units than expected . Sony, meanwhile, released its first Ultrabook today , part of the new Vaio T family. Further, though Canalys expects Q2 shipments to be soft, thecompany foresees growth as vendors refresh their portfolios withmodels built on Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors.
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