The worldwide top-5 notebook brands saw their combined shipments rise 10% on month in May, a growth weaker than that of the same month a year ago. Although the US-China trade tensions have prompted notebook vendors to stock extra inventory, their efforts have been hampered by Intel's ongoing CPU shortages, according to Digitimes Research's figures.
With new products and Chromebooks beginning mass shipments, Hewlett-Packard (HP) became the largest notebook brand in May. Lenovo had an on-month shipment drop in May as its Chromebook procurement orders reached the end-of-life (EOL) phase, but the China-based vendor still maintained an on-year growth, Digitimes Research's numbers showed.
Dell's notebook shipments slipped dramatically on month in May due primarily to a sharp decline in enterprise models.
The top-3 ODMs together witnessed an on-month shipment increase of 16% in May. Quanta's shipments picked up significantly from a month ago because of orders from HP and Apple, and the maker was the best performer of the top-3.