Chromebook and Tablet Growth Continued in the Second Quarter Despite On-Going Supply Concerns, According to IDC

NEEDHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Chromebooks–The second quarter of 2021 (2Q21) was another strong quarter for both Chromebooks and tablets with both device categories recording growth despite a challenging year-over-year comparison. According to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, Chromebook shipments grew 68.6% year over year with volumes reaching 12.3 million units. While this wasn’t a record quarter for Chromebooks, it wasn’t far off the prior two quarters, which shattered previous highs. The tablet segment was a bit more tempered than Chromebooks but still managed to grow 4.2% year over year with shipments totaling 40.5 million units.

Despite the positive results during the quarter, both categories are experiencing some slowdown from the boom in the preceding quarters. For Chromebooks, while still in high demand and even on backlog for many education deals, vendors have started prioritizing higher margin Windows laptops given the on-going component shortages. For tablets some of this applies, but there is also bigger concern that consumer demand around tablets will slow much faster than Chromebooks or even the broader PC market.

“Opportunities in the education market are still ample for both tablets and Chromebooks. Online learning has gained rapid traction and has pushed forward the digital revolution in the learning space,” said Anuroopa Nataraj, senior research analyst with IDC’s Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers. “While there isn’t a single solution globally, many emerging markets continue to ramp up use of Android tablets while schools in some developed markets like the USA and Canada lean more toward Chromebooks. That said, there has also been a recent uprising of Chromebooks in areas of Europe, as well as a few Asian countries as schools start opening up to platform change.”

Top Five Chromebook Companies, Worldwide Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year

Growth, Q2 2021 (Preliminary results, combined company view for the current quarter only, shipments

in millions)

Company

2Q21

Shipments

2Q21Market

Share

2Q20

Shipments

2Q20 Market

Share

Year-Over

Year Growth

1. HP Inc

4.3

35.0%

2.0

27.4%

115.7%

2. Lenovo

2.6

21.0%

1.4

19.6%

81.2%

3. Acer Group

1.9

15.3%

1.5

21.2%

21.7%

4. Dell Technologies

1.8

14.5%

1.4

19.8%

23.9%

5. Samsung

0.9

7.0%

0.3

4.3%

179.2%

Others

0.9

7.1%

0.6

7.8%

53.2%

Total

12.3

100.0%

7.3

100.0%

68.6%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, July 29, 2021

Table Notes:

Data is preliminary and subject to change.

Shipments include shipments to distribution channels or end users. OEM sales are counted under the company/brand under which they are sold.

The “Company” represents the current parent company (or holding company) for all brands owned and operated as subsidiary.

Chromebook numbers include Notebook PCs running Chrome OS.

Top Five Tablet Companies, Worldwide Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth,

Q2 2021 (Preliminary results, combined company view for the current quarter only, shipments

in millions)

Company

2Q21 Unit

Shipments

2Q21 Market

Share

2Q20 Unit

Shipments

2Q20 Market

Share

Year-Over-

Year Growth

1. Apple

12.9

31.9%

12.5

32.1%

3.5%

2. Samsung

8.0

19.6%

7.0

18.0%

13.3%

3. Lenovo

4.7

11.6%

2.9

7.4%

64.5%

4. Amazon.com

4.3

10.7%

3.6

9.3%

20.3%

5. Huawei*

2.1

5.1%

4.5

11.5%

-53.7%

Others

8.5

21.0%

8.4

21.7%

0.7%

Total

40.5

100.0%

38.9

100.0%

4.2%

 

5. Huawei

(including Honor

volume in 2Q20)**

2.1

5.1%

4.9

7.0%

-57.5%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PCD Tracker, July 29, 2021

Table Notes:

* Since Huawei sold its Honor business, data for Huawei in the top line excludes Honor volume for both 2Q21 and 2Q20.

** For year-on-year comparison, an extra line has been added below the table to show what Huawei’s growth would have looked like including Honor volume in 2Q20.

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