Chennai:The laptop computer market in India grew by 84.8% in the third quarter of 2007 compared to the year-ago period, contributing significantly to the overall PC market growth of 25.1%.
More than five lakh notebook PCs were sold in the quarter, a study by market analyst IDC India said.
Hewlett Packard (HP) retained the top slot with a market share of 37.8%, while Lenova occupied the second position and Acer third.
Notebook PC sale in home and ‘Small Office and Home Office´ (SOHO) segments grew by 166% and made up 43% of the total business. The next largest contributiors were enterprise and education segments.
“Portability, rather than mobility has emerged as the ‘number one´ driver for the sustained growth in notebook PC shipments in India,” IDC India country manager Kapil Dev Singh said.
Given the choice of portability, flexibility and ease of use and narrowing of price-performance gap that once existed between portables and desktops, consumers are almost overwhelmingly inclined to buy notebook PCs, he said.
Further, laptop sales recorded an year-on-year growth of 104% in the northern states of the country, followed by southern states at 80%.
Meanwhile, the desktop PC shipments showed a growth of 10.9% in the same quarter.