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With iPad included, Apple leads mobile PCs in Q1 2012

updated 10:34 am EDT, Tue May 22, 2012

HP leads in actual notebook share

Apple led the market in mobile PC shipments during the March quarter, at least when including the iPad, according to preliminary NPD data. The company shipped 17.2 million iPads and MacBooks, representing a 118 percent jump year-over-year, and 22.5 percent marketshare during Q1. About 80 percent of those units were iPads though, whereas the other top sellers succeeded on the basis of notebook shipments.

HP came in second with a 11.6 percent share, or 8.9 million units. The company was followed by Acer with a 9 percent share -- 6.9 million units -- and Lenovo, which took home a 7.7 percent share through 5.9 million systems. Dell's fifth-place finish still gained it a 7.3 percent share and 5.6 million units.

NPD does note, though, that amongst notebook vendors, HP was one of the only companies to increase shipments year-over-year, gaining just under 700,000. It continued to beat Apple and other companies in that category with a 16.2 percent share, losing some of its advantage because EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) numbers slipped 17 percent year-over-year. In order it was followed by Acer, Lenovo, Dell, and ASUS.

Apple seized a massive 62.8 percent of the tablet market with 13.6 million iPads. Samsung reclaimed second place, but with just 1.6 million units, or a 7.5 percent share. The company displaced Amazon, which fell to third with 900,000 tablets and a 4 percent share. RIM and ASUS tied each other, selling 500,000 apiece, achieving 2.3 percent of the market each. Barnes & Noble dropped out of the top five.

Global mobile PC shipments amounted to 76.2 million units, down 15 percent from Q4 2011, but up 30 percent year-over-year. Tablet sales shot up 124 percent versus 2011, whereas notebooks rose 12 percent. China is said to be increasingly important to the mobile PC industry. "The China region had sequential quarter shipment growth, achieving 13% for mobile PCs overall, 12% for notebook and mini-note PCs, and 16% for tablet PCs," writes senior NPD analyst Richard Shim. "This is noteworthy given the sequential declines in all other regions as well as the declines in other product categories including TVs and monitors."



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