Lenovo is now the top PC maker in the world

Lenovo shows off its Ideapad Yoga, a convertible Windows 8 tablet/laptop. Credit:IDGNS

Lenovo has unseated HP to become the top PC maker in the world, according to the latest stats from IDC.

Lenovo sold 12.6 million PCs, down very slightly from last year's figure, in the quarter ended June 30. HP sold slightly less at 12.3 million, but sales dropped more than 7% from the previous year. The top five were rounded out by Dell, Acer, and ASUS.

Lenovo went beyond other PC makers in innovating for Windows 8, Microsoft's new touch-optimized operating system. The Chinese manufacturer created a wide range of models, including laptops with touchscreens and the convertible Yoga line, which can be converted from laptops into tablets. The first big revision to that platform, Windows 8.1, is due later this year.

Overall, the PC market is still in the doldrums -- total sales dropped 11% from last year, coming in at 75.6 million. It's the fifth consecutive quarter of year-on-year declines, the longest since IDC began measuring. Perhaps not coincidentally, Apple's revamped iPad with Retina display came out in Q2 of 2012.

IDC's statistics include hybrids, but do not include pure tablet PCs. 

Here's the full chart, via IDC:

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