The traditional Indian PC market, which includes desktops, notebooks and workstations, continued its double-digit growth in the first quarter of 2021, according to the latest data from the research company International Data Corporation (IDC). While shipments for the quarter were 3.1 million PCs, this was also the “highest Q1 shipments in India,” the report added, with notebooks driving the category forward and growing 116 percent.
According to IDC, while supply has been inconsistent in recent quarters given increased demand, vendors have been able to manage better allocations from their headquarters. “The lower than usual shipments in the first quarter of last year confirmed the annual growth as it looks cheaper because of the lower base,” IDC said.
“Many companies remained completely remote or had adopted a hybrid work model to address the growing concerns of the pandemic in the country. As the cases continued to grow, some large corporations purchased large quantities of PCs to manage their workforce and adopted these new work models for the long term, ”said Bharath Shenoy, market analyst for PC Devices at IDC India. He added that “the demand for virtual learning is still strong alongside a greater demand for affordable personal computers”.
HP was the largest single vendor, growing 102.1 per hundred year over year, leading both the commercial and consumer segments. “Major customer wins and better shipments this quarter helped HP regain leadership,” said IDC.
Dell was the second largest provider with a market share of 21.8 percent. In the consumer segment, however, it slipped to number three as its shipments fell nearly 50 percent. However, Dell is a leader in the enterprise segment. with 40 percent share.
Lenovo was number three, although there were supply issues in the quarter as well. Acer Group was number four, late shipments of commercial desktops exacerbated problems, IDC said.
Asus and Apple took fifth place, each with a market share of around 5.4 percent. According to IDC, “Apple had the biggest quarter for PC shipments in India,” with shipments up 335.5 percent annually and 45.3 percent quarter over quarter. It also replaced ASUS for fourth place in the consumer segment.