PC shipments including desktops, notebooks and tablets are expected to touch 143 million units (+35 percent) in the last quarter of 2020 and 458 million units (+17 percent) in 2020, according to Canalys.
The need for personal computing devices for skilled workers and students remains at an unprecedented high despite significant increases in supply.
Growth in this sector will spill over into 2021, with shipments in the first quarter expected to be up 43 percent year on year on a weak Q1 2020. Shipments for full-year 2021 are expected to increase a further 1.4 percent following an extraordinary year for PCs in 2020.
“While the global pandemic has provided a huge short-term demand boost, the PC industry has plenty more to look forward to in the years ahead. At Canalys, we identified four key trends that will drive PC market growth in 2021 and beyond: remote working, digital learning, device as a service and emerging use cases,” said Rushabh Doshi, research director at Canalys.
PCs with stronger security standards will be integral to future solutions and will be expected from vendors and channel partners, especially in industries such as financial services and the public sector. The pandemic has also revealed just how important secure and reliable connectivity is in the face of disruption, Rushabh Doshi said.