Lenovo was the most popular PC maker in the fourth quarter of 2020, beating rivals HP, Dell and Apple with 24% of the global PC market, according to data from a research firm. Global shortages of PC components eased in the fourth quarter of 2021, helping the company’s closest competitor, HP, to enjoy a 20.5% market share. PC sales in the fourth quarter of 2021 hit 90.3 million amid the ongoing pandemic. With strong demand for PCs, the ongoing first quarter of 2022 could also see significant shipments amid improving component supply, according to the report.
According to Counterpoint Research, the global supply shortage of important PC components improved in the fourth quarter of 2021, allowing manufacturers to build up enough inventory to meet upcoming shortages due to the ongoing coronavirus-induced pandemic. PC components, including power management ICs (ICs), W-Fi, and I/O ICs, were more readily available.
According to the report, Lenovo was the market leader in Q4 2021, with 21.7 million units sold, down -3% from units sold in Q4 2020. It should be noted that Lenovo was also the market leader in Q3 2021, according to Counterpoint’s. previous report in October last year. Lenovo held a 24% market share in Q4 2021. Meanwhile, HP grew 1% year-on-year, with 20.5% market share and 18.5 million units sold.
Dell, on the other hand, was up 15% year-on-year with 17.2 million units sold in the fourth quarter of 2021. Apple sold 7.2 million units in the last quarter, with 8% market share, with a decrease of -1% compared to 7.3 million units sold in the fourth quarter of 2020. Companies like Asus and Acer held a market share of 6.8% and 6.7% respectively.
PC sales reached 90.3 million units in the last quarter of 2021, while manufacturers maintained a 3.1% annual growth compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the Counterpoint report. The company says original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) expect to see less improved component supply, amid strong PC demand.