Consumer Electronics

Outlook for smartphone sales remains strong for 2014, says IDC

More than 1.25 billion smartphones will be shipped worldwide in 2014, representing a 23.8% increase from the 1.01 billion units shipped in 2013, according to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker

Looking ahead, the research firm said total volumes are forecast to reach 1.8 billion units in 2018, resulting in a 12.7 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2013–2018 forecast period.

Acer cooperates with retail chain Gome


Acer has partnered with Gome Electrical Appliances, an IT and consumer electronics retail chain in China, for the latter to sell Acer desktops, notebooks, AIO (all-in-one) PCs, tablets and projectors there, according to China-based


Does Samsung need crisis management?


Samsung Electronics is in dire need of crisis management, analysts say, as ineffective product differentiation sparks margin erosion and a decline in market share.

Until recently the world's largest smartphone marker was considered an unstoppable force. However, with key rival Apple getting its groove back and intensifying competition from low-end handset manufactures in emerging markets, things don't look so rosy anymore.

Flipkart launches tablets with Intel

Business Standard

Flipkart, in collaboration with Intel, launched five tablets under its in-house brand Digiflip Pro on Wednesday. The new range of next-gen tablets - ET 701, XT 811, XT 801, XT 911 and XT 901 - are powered by Intel Atom processors. Priced between Rs 5,999 and Rs 15,999, these will be available only on Flipkart.


Taiwan's niche laptop segments buck decline in sales volume

The overall 8 percent decline in notebook sales volume in Taiwan did not affect the fast rising popularity of gaming models as well as the 2-in-1 devices in the first six months of 2014 when compared with the same time period a year ago, according to research firm GfK.

Myer edging out of electronics

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

One of Myer's most senior executives, Tony Sutton, says the department store chain is likely to keep shrinking the size of its electronics departments and devote more floor space to other categories because electronics sales continue to be soft.


Malaysia sees strong sales growth for tablets in H1

Malaysian consumers are trading big sized tablets for 7-8.9 inch ones, while LTE models are gaining popularity.

These are among the trends that are driving the continued growth in sales of tablets in the country, according to the latest Retail audit data by GfK.

From January to June this year, over 625,000 units of media tablets were sold in the country, generating USD201 million in revenue. This represents an 18 percent surge in volume turnover compared to the same period in 2013.

Clevo in talks with Tencent and Alibaba for partnership


Clevo is currently in talks with China-based Tencent and Alibaba, looking to establish partnerships to integrate the physical channel retail business with the online shopping business, according to Clevo CSO Andrew Lin.


Dick Smith profit beats forecast as investor heads for exit

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Dick Smith will rachet up its private label offering by as much as 40 percent this year by introducing new product lines and launching electronic categories, such as security cameras, tablets and audio accessories, as it prepares to farewell its private equity owner, Anchorage Capital, which is looking to sell down its stake in the business.

Alibaba teams up with Haier to launch smart TV

Shanghai Daily

Alibaba Group said it hopes to take a further step toward digital entertainment as it joined hands with home appliance maker Haier to launch a smart television set.

Liu Chunning, head of Alibaba's digital entertainment unit, said in a statement that online shopping is obviously a key feature on Haier's new TV model and special offers will also be available.

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