Global exports of personal computers have skyrocketed over the past two decades in the first quarter as people have purchased computers to help them work and learn remotely during the COVID-19 disaster, according to research company Gartner Inc.
Exports of PCs, including laptops and desktop computers, have grown by 32% quarterly to 69.9 million units, Gartner said.
China’s Lenovo Group Ltd led with a market share of 25.1%, followed by HP Inc, Dell Technologies Inc, Apple Inc and Acer Group, according to the report.
“This growth should be viewed in the context of two different factors: comparisons with the epidemic market and the current shortage of semiconductors,” said Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner.
“Without the export crisis in early 2020, this quarter’s growth could be slim.”
The increase in demand driven by coronavirus, as well as unprecedented shortages in semchonductor microchips, has hampered computer transmission.
While the shortage of chip was initially focused on the automotive industry, it has now spread to other consumer electronics, including Smartphones, refrigerators and microwaves.
Gartner said Google’s demand for Chromebook by Google Alphabet Inc, which does not look at its analysis, tripled in the first quarter due to strong demand from educational institutions in North America.
“It is still reasonable to conclude that PC requirements can remain tight even if the limits for living at home are reduced,” Gartner said.