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Worldwide PC shipments decline in Q4, 2012, a trend?

Seems tablets are finally eating the PC pie. According to the latest preliminary report released by Gartner, the worldwide PC shipments totalled 90.3 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 4.9 percent decline year-on-year basis.  This fall further gives credibility to the notion that consumers are increasingly choosing tablets as their main computing device rather than opting for a desktop or laptop, unless required.

“Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by ‘cannibalizing’ PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. It makes sense and even personally I have heard from multiple consumers that they are looking to grab a tablet as their next computing device as they don’t really do more than web browsing or media consumption on their current personal computers.pc-vendor-shipments-2012-gartner

“Whereas as once we imagined a world in which individual users would have both a PC and a tablet as personal devices, we increasingly suspect that most individuals will shift consumption activity to a personal tablet, and perform creative and administrative tasks on a shared PC. There will be some individuals who retain both, but we believe they will be exception and not the norm,” Kitagawa added.

Windows 8, which was expected to rejuvenate PC sales, hasn’t done much to help. “Analysts said some PC vendors offered somewhat lackluster form factors in their Windows 8 offerings and missed the excitement of touch,” noted Gartner in a press release.

In terms of the manufacturers, HP leads the pack with 14.6 million shipments and 16.2pc market share, followed closely by Lenovo with 13.9 million units and 15.5pc market share.

Highlights:

  • In the U.S., PC shipments totalled 17.5million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 2.1 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2011
  • PC shipments in EMEA totalled 28.1 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 9.6 percent decrease from the fourth quarter of 2011
  • PC shipments in Asia/Pacific totalled 29.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 1.8 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2011.

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About Gaurav Shukla

Gaurav Shukla is the editor of Byte Gyan as well as popular Indian Android blog AndroidOS.in. A journalism post-grad from AJK MCRC, he has worked with organizations like Encyclopaedia Britannica, Info Edge, Free Press Journal, Webdunia & NDTV in the past.

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