Apple, HP Dominate Q1 Mobile Computing Shipments


Santa Clara, Calif. - Hewlett-Packard and Apple retained their respective leads in the laptop and tablet categories for the first quarter, according to DisplaySearch's latest report.

HP boosted its first-quarter shipments by about 700,000 units to 8.9 million, giving the company 16.2 percent of the market. However, this is down slightly from the previous first-quarter 17 percent as inroads were made by Acer, Lenovo and Asus. Dell also lost share as it continues its shift to the commercial computer market.

Apple fully dominates the tablet market, with a 62.8 percent share, according to DisplaySearch. The next four companies together have 16.1 percent of the market. These firms' positions were shuffled in the top five, with Samsung regaining the second spot, Amazon falling from second to third and Barns & Noble falling off entirely.

When tablets and notebook shipments are combined, Apple becomes the top shipper worldwide of mobile computing products, shipping 17.2 million units for 22.5 percent market share. HP, Acer, Lenovo and Dell fill out the top five.

Overall, mobile computing shipments were up 30 percent year over year, but they were down 15 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. Tablets grew 124 percent year over year, while notebooks were up 12 percent for the same period.


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