Bengaluru: India saw the highest number of traditional computer shipments in 2019 in the past six years, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. The shipments include desktops, notebooks, and workstations.
The country witnessed more than 18% year-on-year growth to 11 million units during 2019, according to the data released by IDC. The growth was largely driven by the government-driven education projects and upgrade purchases for Windows 10.
According to the IDC data, the last quarter of the year (Q4) also saw a 16.5% YoY growth with 2.3 million shipments, primarily contributed by the strong growth in the commercial segment. In fact, after a YoY decline for five straight quarters, the consumer segment saw growth shipping close to 9,50,000 units.
With notebook PCs becoming thinner and lighter with enhanced mobility features, consumers are increasingly giving preference to such devices in segments such as education sub verticals, and enterprises. “Notebook PCs saw highest-ever annual shipments with a 67.7% category share in 2019.
The desktop category also witnessed a 5.7% YoY growth largely driven by the refresh buying from banking and financial institutions and touched a 30.7% category share for the year.
On the processor front, shortage in availability of Intel’s CPU was a concern point for vendors throughout the year and this provided room for AMD to enter certain segments and helped vendors to fill the gaps to some extent, noted IDC. However, Intel remains a leading processor brand with a 70.8% share in the traditional PC category.