Lenovo’s tablet shipments rose 6.8 percent in the second quarter compared to a year ago despite an overall slump in the market.
Lenovo, which ranks first in PCs, is the No. 3 producer of tablets. It boosted its tablet market share to 5.7 percent in the second quarter, up from 4.9 percent a year ago, according to data from market research firm IDC. Lenovo is based in China but has a headquarters in Morrisville and employs about 3,350 local workers.
At the same time, however, Lenovo’s 2.5 million tablet shipments were flat compared to the first quarter.
Total worldwide tablet shipments from all manufacturers fell 7 percent in the quarter compared to a year ago. Shipments also were down 3.9 percent in comparison with the first quarter.
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No. 1 Apple and No. 2 Samsung each posted double-digit declines in tablet shipments in the second quarter. Apple tablet shipments fell 17.9 percent in the second quarter, while Samsung’s fell 12 percent.
“Longer life cycles, increased competition from other categories such as larger smartphones, combined with the fact that end users can install the latest operating systems on their older tablets has stifled the initial enthusiasm for these devices in the consumer market,” Jitesh Urbani, senior research analyst at IDC, said in a prepared statement.
The two companies that tied for No. 4 in the second quarter, Huawei and LG Electronics, posted huge gains. Huawei’s shipments rose 103.6 percent, while LG’s jumped 246.4 percent.