ACCORDING to Gartner, a firm specialised in new technologies, there were 68.4 million computers sold in the second quarter of 2015, a 9.5% drop compared to the same period last year. This is the steepest decline in sales since 2013, and things are looking bleak for the rest of 2015.
Gartner is predicting that over the course of the year, PC sales will drop 4.4%, resulting in around 300 million computers sold. Apparently, the upturn expected to follow the July 29 release of Windows 10 will end up being rather limp.
To explain this spectacular decline since the beginning of the year, Gartner makes reference to three important factors. The first is the power of the dollar, which has had a negative impact on prices. The other two are directly related to Microsoft. First off is taking into consideration the fact that when Microsoft ceased updating and supporting there was a mass exodus that led to new purchases. Once that wave came to an end, the market stabilized and, coupled with the imminent arrival of Windows 10, PC sales have been stagnant.
At present, nearly one in five computers sold is made by Lenovo. Despite a mild drop in sales, the Chinese manufacturer has nonetheless sold 14.3 million computers in three months, good for a 19.7% market share. That puts Lenovo ahead of HP (11.9 million, 17.4%), Dell (9.5 million, 14%), ASUS (4.6 million, 6.8%) and Acer (4.5 million, 6.7%).
Since summer 2012, Lenovo is number 1 in the world in PC sales, due mostly to its hybrid makeup, called Yoga, which allows it to transform from computer to tablet simply by folding the keyboard onto the back of the screen.
According to Gartner, the Chinese brand is also the third biggest seller of smartphones around the world today. â€“ AFP RELAXNEWS