The consumer computer market in Vietnam is losing out to trendy tablets and smartphones, a new survey found.
The global market intelligence company IDC found computer sales in Vietnam rose 20.5 percent in the last quarter this year, but only in the education and office sectors.
Despite the launch of Microsoft's latest operation system Windows 8, consumers still prefer tablets and smartphones, Phan Thi Hoang Yen, an analyst at the US-based company in Vietnam, said in a Wednesday report by news website Dan Tri.
A report last month by international mobile application analysis provider Flurry ranked Vietnam as the second fastest growing market in the world for smart devices, whose number in the country has surged by 266 percent since January 2012. It followed Colombia with a growth rate of 278 percent.
IDC said computer retailers will continue having a hard time this year trying to make their products competitive compared to tablets and smartphones.
Daniel Pang, head of the research group in charge of the Southeast Asian region, warned that computers might not do well in the office sector anymore as well, since the credit crisis is likely to affect spending on information technology at many small and medium businesses, and even at large enterprises.
The IDC survey puts Asus as the top computer supplier in Vietnam by the end of last year, occupying 17.8 percent of the market, followed by Dell with 15 percent, Acer with 10.2 percent, HP by 9.1 percent and Lenovo by 6.2 percent.
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