The market researcher Canalys has relocated from Apple in the first place among PC manufacturers with a market share of 20 percent landslide.
Apple has sold 27 million units in the fourth quarter, while HP and Lenovo, both sent about 15 million dollars (just over HP Lenovo), putting them at No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.
Samsung also is on the rise: made an appearance in the top five for the first time, pushing Dell fourth.
All this is possible because Canalys counts “pads”, ie tablets, and PCs – not a ridiculous concept considering that tablets have become personal computers able to do many of the tasks once which is limited to laptops and desktops.
And Samsung is shipping more tablets and more. While not a major player in traditional PCs, is a force in Android tablets.
“Samsung, driven by strong shipments pad, had its first quarter in the top five, shipping 11.7 million PCs giving a 9%,” said Canalys.
Of these, 7.6 million are tablets, an increase of 226 percent.
Amazon Android tablet another player, also was cited with shipments up 18 percent year on year to 4.6 million units.
# 1 of Apple, due to strong shipments Mini iPad, could have done much better.
“The growth of Apple in the pad segment was driven by strong demand for mini iPad. Their total shipments, however, is hampered by supply problems,” said market researcher.
Canalys estimates that Mini made up more than half of all Apple “pad” shipments.
There was a word of warning, however. “Despite record shipments, Apple Q4 immersion pad saw participation to 49%, becoming the first quarter has not been controlled more than half the market.”
And there were harsh words for Microsoft’s tablet efforts. Canalys gave Microsoft a fee of three percent tablet in the fourth quarter, with shipments of just over 720,000 Windows tablets surface RT.
“The outlook for Windows RT looks bleak”, according to Canalys.
As tablet shipments rise, with shipments to the more traditional PC manufacturers, fall.
“The reputation of Dell in the PC market continues to fade. Shipped only 9.7 million units, down from 19% in 2011. Their direct business model is expensive and inadequate to drive growth in new markets. A turn luck is likely to take years, “said Canalys. (credit:CNET)