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Indian PC market surges to 3.1M units in Q1 2021: IDC

As the pandemic in India persists, the conventional PC industry (which includes desktops, notebooks, and workstations) maintained its growth streak, with shipments rising 73.1 percent year over year (YoY) to 3.1 million units in the first quarter of this year, according to an IDC study released on Thursday.

The first quarter of this year saw the highest-ever first-year exports to India.

Notebooks remained the market leader, accounting for more than three-fourths of the PC market, growing at a rate of 116.7 percent year over year.

Additionally, the laptop division stayed stable and began to display indicators of improvement.

Numerous businesses remained entirely distant or followed a hybrid work paradigm in order to address increasing pandemic issues throughout the region.

“As cases increased, a few major companies purchased PCs in bulk to handle their workforces, committing to long-term adoption of these modern working models,” said Bharath Shenoy, business analyst, PC Devices, IDC India.

HP reclaimed the top spot in the overall PC industry, displacing Dell, as its shipments increased 102.1 percent year over year in 1Q21. Additionally, the vendor dominated both the residential and business markets, with 33% and 32.8 percent market shares, respectively.

Dell Technologies climbed to second place with a 21.8 percent market share and a 45.4 percent year-over-year growth rate in the first quarter.

Lenovo held third place in 1Q21, which at a rate of 73.4 percent year over year.

“PC vendors face instability over the next few months, as new lockdowns impact market sales, stall government programs, and restrict imports. Additionally, the latest COVID outbreak has had an impact on field teams “IDC India’s Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, Jaipal Singh, said.

PCs remained in high demand as companies, small to medium-sized businesses, and shoppers continued to make purchases.

‘Over the last few years, production has been erratic and demand continues to exceed the country’s supply allocation,’ the study revealed.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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