The news: Chromebook demand is plummeting compared to a year ago, which could indicate overall sales slowdown in the PC market heading into 2022 per TechRadar.
Why it’s worth watching: A new report from Trendforce says that demand for Chromebooks has plummeted by 50% in the second half of the year—likely reflecting the greater slowdown affecting the entire PC industry. Chromebooks make up 13% of the entire PC industry per Canalys.
Leading Chromebook manufacturers like Samsung — which grew 2,000% selling 1.2 million Chromebooks in Q1 2020 — are certain to feel the brunt of the sudden demand downturn. The chip and component shortage, higher vaccination rates, and the return to the physical workplace and schools are some of key the reasons cited for the slowdown.
What’s next? While deceleration in PC demand was expected as vaccination rates increased and schools and offices reopened, the 50% drop in Chromebook demand could be an indicator of a longer-term trend heading into 2022.
This could adversely affect PC manufacturing, which is also compounded by the various chip and component shortages.