Tablets, smartphones pile pressure on PCs3/2013About 680,000 PCs were sold in the fourth quarter of last year –the lowestrate for the last several years, according to the latest industry report.IDC Viet Nams market analyst Phan Thi Hoang Yen said PC suppliers and theirdistributors are now facing stockpiles of unsold PCs due to the weak demand.While distributors and retailers have cut prices and introduced new models likethe Ultra Slim laptop, people still seem to prefer tablets and smartphones."In 2013, the price of Ultra Slim models will need to decrease further in order tocompete with attractively priced tablets and smartphones," she said.The economic recession was also blamed for the weak PC sales."Viet Nams ongoing credit crunch has left most small and medium-sizedbusinesses and even large enterprises with financial difficulties, which couldimpact IT spending in 2013," said Daniel Pang, ASEAN research manager forclient devices at IDC Asia/Pacific.According to IDCs calculations, ASUS retained its lead in the market with a 17.8per cent market share, reinforced by strong channel support and aggressive enduser promotions.
Meanwhile Dell stayed in second place, with 15 per cent, as it pushed moreshipments into both consumer and commercial channels.Acer was third with 10.2 per cent, while HP fell one position to fourth with 9.1 percent.Although HP maintained its good performance in the commercial space, itcontinued to suffer in the consumer arena.Lenovo remained in fifth position, with 6.2 per cent of market share, after bringingin more low-cost consumer notebooks to meet current market demand.Meanwhile, the printer and multifunction peripherals (MFP) market continued togrow, gaining 32.2 per cent compared with the previous quarter.The growth mainly came from the strength of laser technology shipments, whichincreased by 45 per cent quarter on quarter (QoQ).Total laser technology shipments accounted for 77 per cent of the total market inViet Nam, while inkjet products made up 23 per cent and grew by only 2 per centcompared to the quarter before.(Source: VNS)