Editor’s opinion: Sales of consumer electronics in general have skyrocketed during the pandemic as people sought to entertain themselves in the midst of take-out orders. People also bought computers for makeshift offices working from home. This unprecedented buying behavior won’t last forever, and now that things are starting to return to normal, we’re seeing spending – and therefore supplies – return from the stratosphere.

- Advertisement -

Tablet shipment growth in the second quarter of 2022 has not changed, but the Chromebook situation is even worse, as shipments have dropped sharply over the past three months compared to the same period a year ago.

- Advertisement -

According to the Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, prepared by the International Data Corporation (IDC), in the second quarter, global tablet shipments amounted to 40.5 million units. According to preliminary data, the annual growth was only 0.15%, which is the result of a smoother rollout in educational projects, as well as numerous promotions such as Amazon Prime Day.

It may not seem like it, but the tablet market has fared better than expected given geopolitical concerns, inflation worries, and ongoing Covid restrictions in China.

- Advertisement -

Anuroopa Nataraj, Senior Analyst, Mobile and Consumer Devices, IDC said There are several factors working in favor of tablets, including continued demand for cheaper PC alternatives and the proliferation of low-cost removable devices from newcomers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Meanwhile, Chromebook shipments continued to decline. Preliminary data from IDC shows shipments fell 51.4% to six million units in the second quarter of 2022 from the same period a year earlier. This decline was expected as excess inventory is still being removed and demand from education customers has declined. However, shipment volumes are above pre-pandemic levels and there are additional opportunities.

Chrome adoption has skyrocketed during the pandemic as the need for distance learning has accelerated plans for schools to achieve a 1:1 PC-to-student ratio. levels,” said Jitesh Ubrani, head of research for mobile devices and consumer device tracking at IDC.

Image credit: Anete Lusina, Tyler Franta