India PC shipment dips 33% to 2.9 million units: Canalys

Shipments of desktops, notebooks, tablets and workstations in India fell 33 percent in Q2 2020 to 2.9 million units, Canalys said.
India PC business Q2 2020Desktops including workstations shipments fell from 884,000 to 440,000, due to drop in demand and a preference for notebooks.

Shipments of notebooks (including mobile workstations) dipped 32 percent. Tablets sales fell 9 percent to 740,000 units.

Lenovo maintained its PC business lead in Q2, shipping 818,000 PCs. Its tablet business gave it an edge over the competition, accounting for 29 percent of its total shipments.

HP, despite only taking second position with 692,000 shipments, led the individual categories of desktops and notebooks with shipments of 572,000 and 119,000 units respectively.

Dell’s PC business dipped 20 percent.

Samsung took fourth place with 173,000 units, on the back of tablet business.

Acer saw shipments decrease by 46 percent as it prioritized other markets outside of India.
India PC business Q2 2020“The top-line numbers don’t tell the whole story. This was actually a strong quarter for PCs,” said Canalys Research Analyst Varun Kannan. “Discounting Lenovo’s ELCOT deal in Q2 2019 with the Government of Tamil Nadu, notebooks have actually grown 15 percent.”

India’s lockdown forced IT companies such as TCS, HCL, Infosys and Wipro to ask their employees to work from home for the foreseeable future.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced most IT companies to forego their strict office-based working policies in favor of adopting new hybrid working arrangements to ensure business continuity. This led to panic-buying of PCs and accessories.