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Report: Chromebook Success Continues into 2021

Posted May 6, 2021 | Chrome OS | Chromebook | Windows

A new report from the market researchers at Canalys claims that Chromebook sales surged 275 percent in the first quarter of 2021, dramatically outpacing the PC industry.

“Chromebooks are well and truly a mainstream computing product now,” Canalys Research Analyst Brian Lynch says. “While the education sector still accounts for the majority of shipments, their popularity with consumers and traditional commercial customers has reached new heights over the course of the last year.”

Overall, Canalys says that hardware makers sold over 122 million PCs in the first quarter of 2021, a gain of 53.1 percent year-over-year (YOY). But Chromebooks grew 275 percent to 12 million units in the quarter. That’s about 9.8 percent marketshare, not far from the 10 percent share that Chromebooks grabbed in 2020.

According to Canalys, HP and Lenovo “dominate” the Chromebook market, but companies like Acer and Samsung have found great success with Chromebooks as well. HP was the biggest maker of Chromebooks overall, with 4.4 million units sold in the quarter, a gain of 633.7 percent YOY. Lenovo (3.1 million units), Acer (1.4 million), Samsung (1.2 million), and Dell (1 million) filled out the top five.

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