Canalys has posted its quarterly report on the PC and tablet market, and the numbers for Q1 2021 are more than impressive – computers and slates doubled in sales on a yearly basis, while Chromebooks in particular posted a whopping a 275% increase.
Canalys is keeping the Chromebooks in a separate category because they are indeed laptops or two-in-one devices, but at the same time, they are more affordable with a different Chrome-based UI, catered to a specific audience. They are extremely browser-centric and these devices are perfect for work and study – something many of us had to do from home.
Tablets, in general, have been on a steady quarterly increase, but compared with Q1 2020, the increase was 51.8%. All major players managed to record an annual growth aside from Huawei which is still struggling to stay afloat without access to US-made technologies.
The PC market saw Lenovo stay on top, ahead of Apple, HP, Dell, and Samsung. The Top 5 kept their positions, compared with Q1 2020, but all of them improved their sales results.
Canalys analyst Brian Lynch has revealed that the education sector might be a key driver for the majority of shipments across all these categories, but general popularity with consumers is also rising. The situation was compared with a rising tide that brings all boats afloat, allowing companies to be back in the game.