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Mobile PC market experiences strong growth in the first quarter of 2010

Anuradha Shukla | June 1, 2010
Gartner says global shipments grew 43 per cent in this period

HONG KONG, 31 MAY 2010 The first quarter of 2010 showed high growth for global mobile PC shipments, according to Gartner.

About 49.4 million units were shipped in this period indicating a 43.4 per cent increase from the first quarter of 2009. Gartner says this year-over-year growth represents about US$36 billion in end-user spending and is the highest the mobile PC market has experienced in eight years.

Consumer segment shipments

Although the growth for mobile PC market was primarily driven by shipments to the consumer segments, an uptake in the professional segment was also observed by the research firm.

This segment is all set to grow towards the end of 2010 and into 2011 as well.

Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, noted that the mobile PC shipments had a setback because of mini-notebook PCs in the first quarter of 2010. But the latter's share slowed in some regions because consumers have understood the limitations of mini-notebooks.

The average selling price (ASP) of mobile PCs was US$732 in the first quarter of 2010, a 15.7 per cent decline from the first quarter of 2009, when the ASP was US$868, said Kitagawa. The ASP for mobile PCs is expected to stabilise as sales into the professional market will grow, resulting in slightly higher ASPs compared to consumer mobile PCs.

HP leads market

Accounting for 19.2 per cent of shipments in the first quarter of 2010, HP continued to be the topmost vendor in global mobile PC shipments. Gartner doesn't applaud this achievement because both HP and Dell were the only vendors in the Top 5 to grow below the industry average. Some vendors such as ASUS and Acer grew in this period.

Both ASUS and Acer had the strongest growth rate among the top-tier vendors driven by sales in the low-end consumer market.

Mobile PCs are in great demand and according to Gartner. Currently, there are about 500 million mobile PCs in use all across the globe. This market is challenged by products such as smart phones that offer messaging and Web access.

While these products cannot directly replace mobile PCs, analysts at Gartner are closely monitoring how consumers and businesses are using them. 


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