DigiTimes Research estimates global sales of laptops are on track to grow 9.7 percent sequentially in the second quarter of 2016, still a drop of 10 percent versus the year before. The research agency thinks new products from brand vendors will halt the decline, Chromebooks are expected to do well and Xiaomi is about to ship a new notebook later this month.
Toshiba will continue phasing out from the consumer notebook market in the second quarter, helping the top-5 brand vendors' combined shipments to account for over 80% of the worldwide volume. Lenovo will see increasing shipments for its high-end notebook models and Chromebooks and most of these orders are placed with Taiwan makers, Digitimes Research's report noted.
Dell will achieve over 10% on-year shipment growth in the second quarter thanks to strong demand from the enterprise sector and for Chromebooks. Apple released its second-generation 12-inch MacBook for the second quarter, but the product's orders are much weaker than its predecessor from the same quarter of the previous year. Acer released new inexpensive ultrabook and gaming products for the second quarter and will have the largest shipment growth among the top-10 in the second quarter.