Even though the fourth quarter of 2012 was weak, Q1 2013 is going to get worseDespite the dismal fourth quarter that ended on December 31, things are only going to get worse for the notebook market, and HP and Lenovo will suffer from it.
According to Digitimes, the two companies will suffer from a drop in notebook shipments of around 20%.
Previously, the supply chain anticipated a 10% decline, but anonymous sources from notebook and notebook component makers reportedly think otherwise.
The news is enough to dampen whatever glow HP and Lenovo gained from scoring the first and second PC shipment spots.
Then again, notebook demand has fallen all around, so everyone else involved in this segment will suffer (ASUS, Dell, Acer, etc).
Things will only improve around March, by which point there may even be Android-loaded convertible laptops for sale, courtesy of Lenovo. No word on whether other companies will launch similar devices.