HP is expected to be the world’s top notebook vendor this year, replacing Lenovo that held this position in 2016. Although, global notebook shipments fell under 150 million units in 2016, and will fall slightly more this year, HP is expected to ship more than 36 million notebooks in 2017. This is according to data from a Digitimes Research report.
Demand for notebooks in North America rose in 2016, and this helped HP come close to Lenovo’s shipment total, only trailing Lenovo by a few hundred thousand units.
The report suggest that this year, due to HP’s new product lines, the firm will benefit from the expected rebound of the corporate market and will be effective in fighting against weakening demand in the consumer market.
According to Digitimes’ figures, Quanta will supply around 35% of HP’s notebook orders, with Wistron and Compal Electronics accounting for 25% each.
Lenovo’s biggest market is in China where almost 50% of its worldwide shipments are for the domestic market. This year, Lenovo will face tough competition from Huawei and Xiaomi in China, and it is expected that Lenovo’s shipments will fall by two million overall worldwide. However, Lenovo should be the number two vendor for notebooks in 2017.