The move is noteworthy. It’s the first time the company’s hit number one, notably knocking out HP from the frontrunner’s spot.
During the third quarter of 2012, Lenovo shipped 13,767,976 PC systems. That’s a bit higher than the 13,550,761 accounted for from competitor HP.
The move, however, occurs during a time of weakness for the PC industry altogether. “A continuing slowdown in consumer PC shipments played a big part in the overall PC market decline,” commented Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa in a report from the firm.
Also taken into account was the upcoming release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, expected to hit later this month.
The shipment downslide takes place following two periods in which PC shipments actually increased. Other market leaders included Dell, Acer and ASUS.