Analyst: HP, Motorola to move in on Apple's mobile PC share

New tablet PCs will compete with the iPad in 2011, DisplaySearch says

Apple Computer stands to lose its No. 1 rank in mobile PC sales this year as Hewlett-Packard and even Motorola eat into its market share, research firm DisplaySearch said late Tuesday.

Apple's shipment of 10.2 million mobile PCs gave it a 17.2 percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2010 largely due to iPad tablet sales, California-based DisplaySearch said in a quarterly report. Mobile PCs include notebooks and tablets.

But consumer reactions to Motorola's Xoom tablet, seen as an iPad rival, could push that manufacturer up in the rankings, said Richard Shim, a DisplaySearch senior analyst in the United States.

Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad tablet, which has been dubbed an iPad killer, also could push HP upward from its DisplaySearch rank of No. 2 in the last quarter, he added. Both the Xoom and TouchPad were announced this year.

"In the mobile PC category, I expect there to be a shakeup in the ranking because of the introduction of new tablets," Shim said late on Tuesday. "If we look specifically at the tablet PC market, I expect Apple to maintain the top spot. However, if we look at the mobile PC market, which combines notebook, mini-note and tablet PCs, the success of HP’s TouchPad will be very impactful to the overall rankings."

Apple's iPad is seen as a forerunner for a mass market of tablet PCs, which are lighter than netbooks and use touchscreen technology. A number of additional rivals such as Sony and Asustek Computer expect to move in on Apple's market share this year.

Hewlett-Packard took 15.6 percent share of the mobile PC market in the past quarter, DisplaySearch found. Acer, Dell and Toshiba ranked third through fifth, in that order. Toshiba was the only other firm of the top five to show year-on-year growth in shipments, DisplaySearch said. Their shipments relied almost exclusively on laptops, including netbooks.

The top five brands covered about 65 percent of the total mobile PC market.

Worldwide mobile PC shipments reached 59.6 million units in the fourth quarter, up 17 percent year on year, the market research firm said.

DisplaySearch said earlier in the month it expected about 56 million tablets to be produced in 2011, up more than 200 percent over 2010 tablet shipments.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MotorolaAppleacerDellHewlett-Packardhardware systemstablet PCstoshibalaptopsDisplaySearch

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ralph Jennings

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >

Mobile

Exec

Budget

TerraCycle Zero Waste Box Pens and Markers Small

Learn more >

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?