Cashing in on consumers' continued interest in netbooks, Samsung has pranced by Apple and Sony to become the seventh largest notebook maker. The Korean manufacturer shipped 1.9 million mobile computers worldwide during the early months of 2010, up 14.6% from the fourth quarter of 2009 and 95.5% year-over-year, according to iSuppli.

The company displaced two competitors during this first period of the year and also had the second best sequential shipment performance among the top 10 notebook players. The first was Fujitsu, who placed 10th with a 17.6% quarterly increase. Samsung expects to keep bringing additional business this year after opening up to sell mobile PCs in the U.S. market.

Company Q1 2010 Market Share Q4 2009 Market Share Change
HP 18.9% 20.3% -1.3%
Acer 17.5% 19.0% -1.6%
Dell 11.5% 11.6% -0.1%
Toshiba 9.3% 9.0% 0.3%
Asus 8.3% 8.7% -0.3%
Others 34.4% 31.5% 3.0%

Sure enough, HP ranked first, enjoying 18.9% of the market with a 1.3% decline sequentially. Acer shipped the second most notebooks, claiming 17.5% of the market with a 1.6% decrease in the first quarter. Dell placed third with 11.5% and a 0.1% loss in share. Toshiba's share grew 0.3% to 9.3%, and Asus took last in the top five, losing 0.3% of the market to end the first quarter with 8.3%.