The global notebook shipments increased 3.9 percent quarter on quarter to 42.68 million units in Q3 2018.
Notebook shipments are likely to drop by 1.9 percent year on year in Q4 2018 due to supply issues, lack of inventory of CPU, and the shortage of mainstream CPU expected in H1 2019, said Kou-Han Tseng, TrendForce notebook analyst.
HP shipped 10.8 million notebook units in Q3 2018. HP’s notebook shipment is expected to rise 5 percent to reach around 42 million units in 2018.
Lenovo, the second largest notebook manufacturer, shipped 8.44 million notebooks, dropping 1.6 percent due to the slowdown in China.
Dell shipped 7.18 million notebooks, achieving 8 percent year on year growth. Due to rising commercial notebook sales, Dell’s shipments for the whole year are projected to increase by over 12 percent reaching 28 million units.
Asus, ranking the fourth, shipped 3.58 million units, reporting 10 percent drop.
Apple shipped 3.36 million notebooks, decreasing 24.3 percent. Acer shipped 3.35 million notebooks, gaining 1.4 percent.
Apple posted significant declines but Acer registered growth. Apple this year adopted a new processor in its high-end MacBook Pro with OLED Bar, but the performance improvements hardly attract more customers due to the series’ high price tags.