According to iSuppli latest numbers, China overtook the US as the world’s biggest PC market in 2012. China amounted for 69 million units of PC shipments, exceeding the 66 million units reached by the US while interestingly, its being only a year when US stands the clear winner of PC market in 2011. Interestingly, the desktop PCs account for just over one-third of shipments worldwide, but erstwhile in China, the desktop-notebook accounts for 50-50 ratio.
“The equal share of shipments for desktops and notebooks in China is unusual, since consumers in most regions today tend to prefer more agile mobile PCs, rather than the bulky, stationary desktops,” said Peter Lin, senior analyst for compute platforms at IHS. “The relatively large percentage of desktop PC shipments in China is due to huge demand in the country’s rural areas, which account for a major segment of the country’s 1.34 billion citizens. These consumers tend to prefer the desktop form factor.”