DisplaySearch counted the iPad as a mobile PC. And the result is: Apple grabbed 17.2% of worldwide mobile PC shipments in Q4’10 making it the top brand, ahead of HP.
Apple shipped 10.2 million notebooks and tablets. HP at #2 shipped 9.3 million units while #3 Acer posted shipments of 8.4 million. Worldwide shipments of mobile PCs (notebooks and tablets) increased 8% Q/Q and 17% Y/Y to 59.6 million units in Q4’10.
Most of that growth was due to strong demand for tablets, particularly the iPad. It is interesting that the iPad was lumped into the mobile PC category; going forward Apple will probably extend its lead. Why? Very soon we should see Apple announce the iPad 2 and a bit later the Retina Display-equipped iPad 3.