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India PC shipments marked five-year high in 2Q2021

India PC shipments marked five-year high in 2Q2021 Image by Selena Jain from Pixabay

Shipments of PCs to India in the second quarter of 2021 grew by 43% year-on-year to 4.1 million units, marking a five-year high, the technology analyst company Canalys says.

Making up the numbers were half a million desktop units, 2.5 million notebooks and 1.0 million tablets, with all categories growing by double-digits after what was a bad second quarter in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic.

Notebook shipments showed the highest growth of 43% year-on-year, tablet shipments increased by 52% and desktop shipments were up by 23%.

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Among the vendors, HP stayed at the top, with shipments up by 54%, while Lenovo, which was first in 2020, fell due to sluggish shipments and gained just 3% year-on-year. Dell was in third spot, followed by Samsung and Acer.

“The market has finally returned to pre-COVID shipment levels,” said Canalys research analyst Ashweej Aithal. “While desktops and notebooks haven’t really seen a major bump in shipments, tablets are in much higher demand than before, resurrecting what was a dying category in India.

"Due credit for this should be given to remote learning, as well as the accelerated digital transformation of multiple industries and processes."

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He said looking ahead to the second half of the year, Canalys had a positive outlook as major government and educational tenders, which were put on hold due to the COVID-19 Delta variant wave, were re-tendered.

“Compared to western markets, long-term demand in India remains low,” Aithal added. “While COVID-19 has helped move the needle slightly when it comes to PC penetration, it has been unable to generate a lot of demand, as vast portions of the population still regard PCs as a luxury, not a must-have.

"Added to that, India also has some of the poorest broadband penetration rates in the world. While the long-term outlook for PCs in India is still positive, it is not going to outshine the US or Western Europe.”

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