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Hold the R.I.P. PCs are not dead: Michael Dell

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The personal computer is alive and kicking, according to two PC company executives.

Dell CEO Michael Dell told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday his company is growing at a steady pace. "We've had eight quarters in a row of gaining [market] share in PCs," Dell said. "We did gain more share than the other top two competitors both worldwide and in the United States, the largest country market in the world."

Dell added his decision to privatize the company has been a contributing factor to its recent growth. "Being a private company is great," he said. "We're able to focus on medium to long-term [goals] and we're focused on our customers."

The computer manufacturer was privatized in October 2013 following numerous hits to its PC business. Dell also said he believes the company's growth can continue by piggybacking on a current PC replacement wave. "There are about 1.8 billion PCs in the world, and about 35 percent are more than 4 years old," Dell said. "What happens is every so often we come out with a new one that's interesting enough that the customer says, 'I've got to have that one.'"

PCs... back from the dead?

Earlier, Gerry Smith, president of Lenovo Group's Americas division, also said the PC market is strong. "The last five years everyone's been saying the PC is dead, but the PC keeps powering on," Smith told "Squawk Box." "It's a 300 million unit market, [and] a $200 billion market."

Smith said he expects to see flat to positive growth in the PC market in the near future. "The tablet market was supposed to be the demise of the PC market," he said. "But tablet sales have actually slowed down."

Nevertheless, Smith said mobile will be a strong source of growth for the company. The China-based company acquired Google's Motorola Mobility for about $2.9 billion last October. "We think, with the Motorola brand [and] the scale of both of our businesses we have [intellectual property] protection we didn't have before," he said. "We think Mobility [has] a huge future as a growth engine for us as a growth engine."

He said Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility because executives thought it had the best brand of the Android mobile operating system in the market.

"We think that, with their heritage coming from Google, we'll have an advantage position going forward," he said. Smith also said he believes Google will be the mobile-market winner in the long run because of its market share and the customizing options the Android OS presents consumers.