HP May Leapfrog Lenovo in Notebook Shipments This Year

Paul Lilly

Hewlett-Packard jumps off to a fast start with 7 million notebook shipments in Q1

If Hewlett-Packard can maintain its current pace, there's a good chance it will close out the year with more laptop shipments under its belt than rival Lenovo , the world's largest supplier of PCs (a distinction once held by HP not that long ago). It's still early, but preliminary numbers show that HP shipped 7 million notebooks in the first quarter of 2014, which is 1 million more than some were expecting.

These figures from Digitimes' sources within the upstream supply chain. They were expecting HP to ship 6 million laptops in Q1, which would have put HP behind Lenovo's 6.6 million units. That means it's going to be a closer race than anticipated, as Lenovo is expected to ship 28.3 million laptops by the end the year. We could be looking at a photo finish.

However it unfolds, it's bad news for Acer and Asus, both of which are being impacted by better-than-expected sales by its top-tier rivals. Acer may have been hit the hardest, as sources believe the company suffered a 15 percent sequential drop in laptop shipments in Q1.

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