Consumer Electronics

Flipkart launches tablets with Intel

Source: 
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

Source: 
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

Source: 
DIGITIMES

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

Source: 
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

Source: 
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.

Apple, Samsung face tougher China market after subsidy cuts

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

The world's biggest phone market is getting a lot tougher for Apple and Samsung.

China Mobile, the country's biggest carrier, is cutting subsidies by USD2 billion in a sign the industry is less willing to pay for expensive devices such as the iPhone and Galaxy S. That may accelerate growth for Chinese makers Xiaomi and Lenovo Group, which offer similar features for lower prices.

Optus revenue and profits fall as mobile subscriber numbers drop

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Optus, the biggest competitor to Australia's dominant telecommunications provider Telstra, has reported falling revenue and profit for the June quarter.

The disappointing result was driven by a drop in mobile subscribers, a fall in equipment sales and a reduction in its ability to charge consumers for terminating contracts.

More vendors launching selfie phones

Source: 
DIGITIMES

More smartphone vendors have shifted focus to upgrading the front-end cameras of their new models, particularly adding the selfie functionality and related applications, according to industry sources.

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