Desktops showed the biggest drop quarter-on-quarter, falling from 884,000 units to 440.000, as demand fell and a preference for notebooks grew.
Notebook shipments also fell, by 32% year-on-year, while tablets did somewhat better with shipments falling 9% to 740,000 units.
Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo continued to hold the top position among suppliers in 2Q, shipping 818,000 PCs. The company's tablet business gave it an edge over the competition, accounting for 29% of its total shipments this quarter.
Third-placed Dell saw a year-on-year dip of 20% and Samsung took fourth place with 173,000 units, on the back of commendable tablet numbers. The South Korean vendor was the only one in the top five to increase its shipments.
Fifth-placed Acer saw shipments decrease by 46% as it prioritised markets other than India.
“The top-line numbers don’t tell the whole story. This was actually a strong quarter for PCs,” said Canalys research analyst Varun Kannan.
If one does not take Lenovo’s ELCOT deal in 2Q 2019 with the government of [the south Indian state of] Tamil Nadu into account, notebook shipments have actually gone up by 15% compared to the corresponding period last year. Given that the quarter had just 45 operational days, that is an incredible feat.”
IT companies such as TCS, HCL, Infosys and Wipro had all announced arrangements for employees to work from home for the foreseeable future due to the lockdown.
“The COVID-19 pandemic forced most IT companies in India to forego their strict office-based working policies in favour of adopting new hybrid working arrangements to ensure business continuity during the lockdown," Kannan said.
"This led to panic-buying of PCs and accessories, cleaning out inventories almost everywhere in the country. The days of writing off inventory with markdowns and discounts have vanished.”
He said the PC industry still faced an unstable future, despite the boost.
“A slow return to normal will prompt many companies to reduce spending or even downsize, which will have a rollover effect on IT expenditure. But online learning will remain a bright spot in the coming quarters, driven by government and private technology companies’ initiatives, and PC hardware vendors should follow up quickly to capture the opportunities arising in this segment," Kannan added.