China becomes biggest PC market

China was the world’s biggest PC market in 2012 according to analyst house IHS.

The Chinese market gobbled up an estimated 69 million PCs, three million more than the US. 

Furthermore, China’s PC market is expected to show moderate growth this year, which can’t be said of western markets.

Chinese consumers are showing some interesting trends  – they still like desktop PCs, which accounted for about 50 percent of all PC shipments in China last year, while notebooks accounted for the other half. In the rest of the world desktop shipments lag behind notebook shipments by a wide margin. 

“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.

Lin attributed the trend to strong desktop demand in rural China. Rural consumers simple tend to prefer desktops for one reason or another. However, as the Chinese market matures, IHS is expecting notebooks to overtake desktops next year, reports EEtimes.