The COVID-19 pandemic drove the sale of 4G and 5G-enabled mobile PCs to 10 mn units for the first time globally in 2020, according to a Strategy Analytics report. The report estimated that more than 26 mn cellular-enabled PCs are now in use worldwide, a 25% rise in a years time. 4G/LTE dominated the market in 2020, accounting for 97% of cellular-enabled PC shipments, Strategy Analytics expects 5G to will have a market share of 69% by 2025.
The demand in PCs led by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to rise in the year 2021 as well, said IDC. The research firm said shipments of PCs will grow by 18.2% YoY in the Q4 of 2020 and 1.4% in 2021. The market for computers will be driven by the notebooks, which is likely to grow by 26.4% YoY in the Q4 of 2020, while shipments of the desktop will drop during both the periods. The demand for PCs has been driven by emerging markets like India.
Asus announced its entry into the commercial PC segment with a new range of notebooks, desktops, all-in-ones and mobile workstations for enterprise customers; plans to launch 10-12 products in this category in September. The Taiwanese firm will also offer value-added services like warranty extension, accidental damage protection, hard disk retention and priority service. Asus is growing at 55% y-o-y and holds 5.1% market share in India.
PC maker Lenovo said that the demand for PCs grew by 40-50% in the last two months compared to the year-ago period. Also, the contribution of gaming PCs to its consumer segment may also double this year. Online learning is driving the sales of laptops. Students want devices with high computational power that can be used for gaming as well as learning. Hence, Lenovo launched 3 PCs – Legion 7i, Legion 5Pi, Legion 5i – that can meet their requirements.
The traditional PC market — desktops, notebooks, workstations — in India witnessed a dip of 37.3% YoY for the June 2020 quarter to 2.1 mn units, said research firm IDC. Last year, in the same quarter, the total shipment recorded was 3.3 mn units, the biggest quarter in the past five years following Lenovo’s deal of 1.1mn units for Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu. Desktop PCs declined 46.4% while (discounting Lenovo’s ELCOT deal) notebooks grew 17.6 %.
Global PC and tablet shipments in CY 2020 are expected to decline 7% due to the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 and lockdown. It would remain flat in the year 2021 and expected to see a growth of 2% in 2022, said research firm Canalys. Canalys said that the PC market in Asia Pacific region will shrink by 1% YoY 2020, and recovery will start in 2021. The firm said that the financial impact of the lockdown will have a long term impact.
HP to launch affordable Always Connected PCs for work from home users. Always Connected is a feature of expensive laptops price over ₹1 lakh, The devices, expected to be launched this month, will support faster video downloads, smoother video calls and other data-intensive activities. Indian PC market leader HP has a share of 28.2% in the Q1. IDC expected a 7.1 % YoY increase for this segment in the March quarter.
Björn Ruytenberg, a security researcher, has claimed that Intel’s Thunderbolt ports for laptops have a serious flaw in the security protocols. The flaw in the port, which is in millions of devices worldwide, let an attacker bypass login screens of a computer. Ruytenberg is calling the attack Thunderspy — which, unlike any security flaw, is complex, requires physical access to the device and equipment of a few hundred dollars.