Analysts from DigiTimes Research estimate global sales of laptops could slip 2.5 percent to 153.5 million units this year due to weak demand and the poor global economic situation. A 2.5 percent drop isn't good news but at least it's not as harsh as the 9 percent drop seen in 2015.
DigiTimes also offers some predictions for the marketshare of notebook vendors and ODMs:
Among vendors, Lenovo will take up 22.5% of shipments in 2016, followed by Hewlett-Packard with 21.4%, Dell 13.8%, Apple 11.9%, Asustek Computer 10.2%, Acer 8.9%, Samsung Electronics 2.8%, Toshiba 1.7% and Fujitsu 1.1%, Digitimes Research indicated.
Taiwan-based ODMs will ship 125.23 million notebooks in total in 2016, accounting for 81.6% of global shipments. Quanta Computer will be the largest Taiwan-based ODM accounting for 31.3% of Taiwan's ODM shipments, followed by Compal Electronics with 29.5%, Wistron 14.7%, Inventec 7.5%, Pegatron Technology 7.2% and Foxconn Electronics 3.6%.