The Indian PC market, riding on the WFH and e-learning wave, delivered biggest quarter in the last seven years with 9.2% YoY growth shipping 3.4 mn units in the quarter ending in Sept, said IDC in a report. The consumer segment recorded its biggest quarter ever with 2 mn shipments, growing 41.7 % YoY and 167.2% from the previous quarter. HP retained the leadership position in the overall PC market with a share of 28.2 %.
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.
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.
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.