Laptop shipments surged by 26% last year, will continue growing this year too

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In 2010, 201 million laptops and 157 million desktop PCs were shipped worldwide. While laptops went into a bit of a slump (156.8 million in 2016) they have recovered and have made big gains in the last couple of year. Meanwhile, desktop shipments have continued to decline for 10 years straight.

Aksje Bloggen predicts that 225 million laptops will be shipped this year, up from the 218 million last year. The numbers are expected to stabilize at this level, IDC forecasts that 216 million will be shipped in 2023.

The numbers from Canalys for 2020 are different, showing more laptops (235.1 million) and fewer desktops (61.9 million). Here’s the distribution through the years.

Laptop shipments surged by 26% last year, will continue growing this year too

As you can imagine, the pandemic really boosted demand for laptops in 2020, which led to a 26% increase in units shipped. Lenovo was the largest player and, controlling a quarter of the market with 72.7 million sales. It was followed by HP (67.6 million) and Dell (50.3 million).

There was a corresponding increase in revenue in 2020, growing to $140.3 billion (up $4.6 billion year over year). This year the revenue is expected to grow again, reaching $142.1 billion. The US will remain the largest market and will account for around $36.1 billion in revenue, followed by China ($19.6 billion) and Japan ($9.8 billion).

Company 2020 shipments 2020 market share 2019 shipments Annual growth
Lenovo 72,629 24.50% 64,894 11.90%
HP 67,573 22.80% 63,102 7.10%
Dell 50,290 16.90% 46,485 8.20%
Apple 22,592 7.60% 19,380 16.60%
Acer 20,008 6.70% 17,040 17.40%
Others 63,924 21.50% 56,649 12.80%
Total 297,016 100.00% 267,550 11.00%
Note: Unit shipments in thousands. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Source: Canalys PC Analysis (sell-in shipments), January 2021

As for desktop PCs, only 79 million units were shipped last year and the decline will continue – the prediction for 2024 is 73 million.

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