By Juliet Umeh
Original Equipment Manufacturer, OEM, Lenovo has been adjudged to dominate worldwide personal computer, PC shipments on the back of a rise in demand in 2020.
A recent report from a research firm, Gartner, revealed that preliminary data that worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.4 million units in Q3 2020, a 3.6 percent increase from the third quarter of 2019.
And it stated that China-based Lenovo has continued to dominate the PC market with its quarterly shipments rising to over 18 million units for the first time ever.
It said Lenovo is closely followed by HP and Dell. And also ranked among the top sellers were Apple, Acer Group, and ASUS.
Gartner explained that Lenovo experienced a slight decline in desktop shipments and that the demand for its desktops still fared better than those of HP and Dell, aided by solid growth in China.
Also, research shows that HP experienced a significant decline as desktop shipments declined 30 percent year over year, resulting in a growth of just 0.7 percent in the third quarter of 2020. In addition, Dell’s streak of 17 consecutive quarters of year over year growth ended in Q3 2020 with a 4.6 percent decline.
Lenovo also witnessed a 90 percent year-on-year increase in Chromebooks shipment in Q3 2020. However, the firm does not include the device in its traditional PC results. However, if it includes Chromebooks in its calculations, the total worldwide PC market can be said to have grown around 9 percent year over year, with Chromebooks representing about 11 percent of the combined PC/Chromebook market.
South Africa-based research analyst, Josh Yang-Ki, said Lenovo is doing extremely well, even with all the difficulties in the global capacity to meet demands. He noted that the brand is doing well in SA as well as in other African countries in the last five years, even as he described Lenovo as a leading source of PCs and other digital devices.
Also, while commending Lenovo for its support to e-Commerce Company, Konga, its Bulk Vice President, Mr. K. Johnson, lamented that the supply chain disruption had made it harder to meet surging demands.
He said: “Now when we place an order for 100,000 units, we barely receive about 15,000 in two or three months. But due to our commitment to major OEMs, we have enjoyed their support to fill the gap and assuage the needs of those embracing online learning and many in the corporate market who are working from home. At Konga, there is an internal resolution by Executive Management and it is part of our CSR – not to profiteer in this period of scarcity
“But we hope things will improve soon, as the scarcity of components and other hardware reduces. We have enjoyed huge support from Lenovo, more than any other. This has gone a long way in helping us aid students who are relying on e-learning and employees working from home, despite the harsh scarcity.”