updated 10:05 am EST, Thu February 23, 2012
HP tops notebook-only charts
Apple was the lead mobile PC vendor in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the rest of the year, at least when including tablets, an NPD DisplaySearch report shows. The company shipped just under 23.4 million MacBooks and iPads in the fourth quarter, and more than 62.8 million for the entire year. NPD observes, though, that almost 80 percent of Apple's numbers were iPads, estimated at 18.7 million in Q4, and 48.4 million for the whole year.
HP, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo rounded out the top five in the quarter, shipping 8.7, 6.9, 6.8, and 6.3 million units, respectively. Industry-wide, Q4 mobile PC shipments grew 12 percent sequentially and 44 percent year-over-year to sit at 88 million units; this was thrown out of proportion by tablet (namely iPad) sales though, which were up 42 percent sequentially and 210 percent year-over-year. By comparison, taking tablets out of the picture leaves shipments flat sequentially, and up only 11 percent year-over-year to 56.3 million.
HP dominated the market in terms of notebooks, shipping 8.7 million. Dell, Acer, and Lenovo followed behind at 6.7, 6.6, and 6.1 million. Apple was a distant fifth, shipping just 4.6 million MacBooks. It did however vault over ASUS and Toshiba, and HP slipped slightly in share, while Acer is said to have struggled.
A tablet-only analysis for Q4 gives Apple a 59.1 percent share of the market. Amazon was its closest competitor with 5.3 million units, or a 16.7 percent share. Samsung shipped 2.1 million tablets, whereas ASUS managed 1.5, and Barnes and Noble reached 1.1.