People are prioritising tablet and smartphone purchases

According to IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quartlerly PC Tracker, shipments of PCs in Malaysia declined in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the second three-month period of the year.

It was shown that this dip – which was calculated as a fall of 29 per cent – coincided with the increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets in the region.

However, the release of Windows 8 could signal a change of fortunes for PCs, which are likely to have suffered recently as a result of lack of knowledge regarding product benefits and general apprehension over high pricing.

Ng Juan Jin, market analyst for client devices at IDC Asia/Pacific, said that with the new touch functionality offered by Windows 8, “it is possible that end users may be able to justify paying a premium for a new user experience on ultra-slim PCs over tablets”.

It was also noted that quarter three PC shipments may have been affected by the absence of sales for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s mini notebook project.