Chromebooks lead the notebook race

GoogleABI Research said that Chromebooks are leading growth for the notebook PC category, with Chrome OS systems expected to ship over eight million units by the end of the year.

And ABI analyst Jeff Orr said that growth for Chromebooks will show a 22 percent compound annual growth rate over the next five years.

Orr said: “Industry professionals can expect the notebook PC marker, including Chromebooks, laptops and ultraportable PCs to remain roughly flat year on year in 2015, with flat to slightly positive growth projected through 2020.”

He said that next year will see a sales surge for both Chromebooks and ultraportables with people adopting Chromebooks in schools and 2-in-1 ultraportables representing the future.

ABI estimates that 164 million notebooks will ship this year.

The ultraportables and laptop will show a decline of 14 percent compared to last year.

Orr said that’s mostly due to unit volume declines at Acer, Asus and Lenovo.

Apple will have 32 percent share of the ultraportable PC with various Macbook Air models.