Korean giant Samsung elbowed Dell out of the top spot in the worldwide LCD monitor market last quarter, according to a DisplaySearch report quoted by DigiTimes. The report says Samsung shipped 14.4% of LCD monitors worldwide during the quarter, compared to 13.2% for Dell. Samsung's market share went up 15% from the second quarter and 31% from the same quarter in 2006, while Dell's share was down 2% both sequentially and year-over-year. Dell had held the number one spot since the first quarter of 2002, DigiTimes says.
Behind the two top contenders were HP, with 10.6% of shipments, LG Electronics, with 9.1% of shipments, and Acer, with 7.5% of shipments. Unlike Dell, all three vendors saw both sequential and year-over-year growth. Dell's poor performance can be attributed largely to the nature of the PC vendor's customer base, which DigiTimes says is "less willing to adopt newer technologies . . . and has been slower to recognize the potential usability gains associated with widescreen displays." As a result, Dell hasn't moved away from 17" and 19" SXGA (1280 x 1024) monitors, while its competitors "continued to shift to widescreen displays."