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Global Tablet PC Sales Rise as Consumers Scramble for Big Screen Devices


The effects of the ongoing pandemic have been felt throughout many industries and in the technology sector, some categories have been lucky to thrive. One of those categories is the Tablet PC market which is reportedly up by 26% year-on-year in Q2.

During the period total tablet PC shipments stood at 37.5 million units says Canalys.

The market has not been doing well prior to Covid-19, but sales have spiked recently as more people seek devices for remote work, learning, and leisure.

“Tablets enjoyed a renaissance in Q2 2020 because the devices tick so many boxes for remote work and education use,” said Canalys Analyst Ishan Dutt.

Tablet PC sales grew massively with all vendors in the top five recording double-digit growth. Lenovo recorded the highest growth rate – over 50 pc – followed by Huawei with an impressive 44 percent growth rate. Huawei’s strong sales figures were due to “strong performance in Western Europe,” the research firm said.

Apple leads the market with a 38 pc market share with over 14 million tablets shipped. Samsung followed the US tech giant with about half of its sales, slightly above 7 million, and with a market share of about 19 pc.

Huawei is third with over 4 million tablets shipped and about 13 pc in market share followed by Amazon in the fourth position.

Tablet PC sales market share Q2 2020
Worldwide tablet shipments (market share and annual growth) Source: Canalys PC Market Pulse Q2 2020

The Worldwide PC Market

Generally, the Worldwide PC market (including tablets) grew 14 pc to 110.5 million in Q2 2020. Lenovo took first place with over 20.2 million devices, up by around 12 percent.

Apple’s PC market share grew 18 pc with 19.6 million devices shipped. Canalys cites impressive sales of Apple’s iPads and MacBooks. The company last week said it saw strong sales of the iPads and MacBooks than iPhones.

Among the top five biggest PC vendors, DELL grew by less by just 3.3 pc but was ranked as number four ahead of Samsung and behind HP.

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Alvin Wanjala

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