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A new 2021 Analytical Report shows that Apple missed the top 5 PC Vendors List in Mainland China, though it purposely excluded Tablets

1 cover - report - Mainlind China PC shipments 2021


In a new analytical report published today, it revealed that PC shipments (excluding tablets) in China grew 9% to reach 16.5 million units in Q4 2021. This finished another year of strong growth for the Chinese market, which saw shipments rise 10% in 2021 to a record 57 million units. Notebook shipments grew 12% year on year to 10.8 million in Q4, and 8% to 36.5 million for full-year 2021. Desktops also grew in the final quarter, with shipments up 2.5% at 5.6 million units, leading to a full-year total of 20.4 million units, 15% higher than in 2020.


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2  Mainland China  PC desktop and notebook shipments 2018 - 2021


Emma Xu, Canalys Analyst: "China’s PC market is undergoing upheaval due to public sector interventions, but the strong growth seen in 2021 emphasizes how big an opportunity there still is. Security concerns about government procurement are growing, and there is a preference for local vendors, which puts additional competitive pressure on US-based vendors."


The report further noted that in the consumer market, "exciting innovations are coming from the upstream component side, notably in the battle between CPU vendors. Beyond Intel and AMD, Apple has announced further development of its M1 chipsets, while Qualcomm has also signaled an increased focus on PCs, with both companies targeting the premium market.


Improvements in display size and functionality as well as form factor innovations, such as foldable PCs, have been major themes at CES and MWC this year, and China’s role as a keen adopter of new technology will see vendors focus their efforts there."


Yet despite Apple leading the smartphone market in China in Q4 2021, they're still unable to crack the top 5 PC vendors list, according to Canalys latest statistics presented below for 2021.


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3 Canalys PC Stats China 2021 - Top 5 PC Vendors


Though it should be noted that Canalys reported on Worldwide PC shipments for Q4 2021 in early February with a PC device mix that included notebooks, desktops and tablets. In that PC device mix, as presented in Canalys chart below, Apple landed in second place, just a hair below leading Lenovo.


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4 PC shipments WORLDWIDE Q4 2021


The official reason why Canalys decided to leave out tablets in their Mainland China report for Q4 2021 as opposed to their global report is unknown. Though it would seem to be a marketing or political decision on their part for locking Apple out.


To have been consistent and fair, Canalys should have included tablets in their latest report for Mainland China that would have catapulted Apple to at least the second position.


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