China's unique PC buying trends revealed in survey

A majority of PCs shipped to China come without a preinstalled OS, IHS iSuppli says

By , IDG News Service |  Hardware

China was one of the bright spots in the PC market free fall. However, people there are also increasingly moving over to smartphone and tablets for computing, iSuppli said. China will remain the top destination for PCs for the foreseeable future, but iSuppli is projecting slower PC shipment growth rate of 3 to 4 percent this year compared to 2012.

There is PC shipment growth potential in China as there is an untapped market of rural and first-time computer buyers, iSuppli said. The top PC vendor in China is Lenovo, but other companies like Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer and Asustek are investing more in the country and expanding the supply chain in an effort to gain market share.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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