The beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic triggered an increase in people working at home, leading to a shortage of everything, from computers to cameras. The good news is that production finally picked up to meet the demands, but now we’re seeing the sales boom fade away.
Recent industry reports show that shipments of tablet computers and Chromebooks have all seen a decrease between 2020 and 2021. The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released preliminary figures ( via GizmoChina) regarding the sales of tablets as well as Chromebooks during the quarter-end of 2021 that covers the months of October, November, and December previous year.
It’s the prime shopping time of the year as well as in some cases those who are shopping for upgrades during the first few weeks of the school year might purchase a new item around this time. However, the number of shipments was generally lower in comparison to Q4 2020. Tablet shipment in Q4 2020, versus. the Q4 of 2021.
There were the following figures: 8.6 percent decrease on the part of Apple, 21.6% decrease for Samsung, 25.4% drop for Lenovo as well as a decline of 13.9 percent for Lenovo.
The only company that was in the top five that saw growth in sales Year-over-Year (YoY) during Q4 was Amazon and it increased its shipments by 1.3%. Chromebook sales Q4 2020 in comparison to. the Q4 of 2021 (Source: IDC)Chromebook shipments also decreased in the same time frame however they experienced a steeper decline. Acer’s Chromebook sales decreased by 43 percent, Dell by 63%, HP by 87%, and then on.
According to the IDC report, all the major manufacturers sold 63.6 percent fewer Chromebooks in Q4 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. However, the sales figures were higher overall in comparison to the entire period from the years 2020-2021. Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, and Amazon all have sold more tablets in 2021 than they did in 2020, with the exception of Huawei having a significant decline which could be due to the fact that Huawei hasn’t announced any new tablets since the release of the MatePad 10.8 on August of 2020 as well as it’s MatePad Pro is already getting old.
Chromebook sales were up for nearly all companies during the same time frame and included HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Samsung growing their sales compared to 2020. Dell was the only one in having a 5.2 percent reduction in Chromebook sales from 2020 until 2021. So what exactly does this mean? It’s a great indication that people are purchasing Chromebooks or tablets at higher rates through 2021, but the demand for these devices is decreasing.
The trend of working from home doesn’t seem to be going to change (though some executives and managers might believe that way) Therefore, the demand for these devices is likely to be higher than the pre-2020 levels into the near future, but the massive surge in laptops and webcams could be done with.
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