Consumer Electronics

Huawei aims to sell 80m smartphones in 2014

Bangkok Post

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei said Monday it aims to sell 80 million smartphones in 2014, as it boosts its brand name worldwide and makes a new push for US consumers.


Apple to open 4th store in China on Friday

Apple will open its fourth new retail store in China on Friday at the China Central Mall in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, according to a recent press release.

The new store covers 500 square metres over two separate floors and is located approximately two miles from the existing Sanlitun Apple Store in Beijing.

The China Central Mall is an upscale shopping centre with over 70 shops and restaurants, including stores such as Gucci, Prada, and Chanel. It's also flanked by two major hotels, the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriot Hotel.

Acer new Chromebook to show up in 1Q14


Acer plans to release a new Chromebook co-developed with Google in April and has recently extended its touchscreen Chromebook line with a new model, the Acer C720P-2600, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Taiwan's HTC back to profit in Q4

Bangkok Post

Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC said Sunday that it had swung to profit in the three months to December after a quarterly net loss, the first since listing in 2002.


Electronics retailers in Vietnam faces tough year

Viet Nam News

Electronics retailers in Vietnam are facing challenges this year because of a sharp decrease in consumer purchases and fierce competition.

Dinh Anh Huan, general director of told ictnews online newspaper that the market last year seemed to display little growth. The quiet market and competition had made the demand for electronic products in the local market fall by 30 percent last year, compared to 2012.

Acer Inc. to showcase its new 7.9-inch tablet at Vegas CES


Taiwanese computer vendor Acer Inc. announced yesterday that it will showcase a new tablet with a 7.9-inch display and in-plane switching (IPS) technology at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week.


Xiaomi's growth bites into Apple's carrier expansion

Jakarta Post

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp said it sold 18.7 million smartphones in 2013, up 160 per cent year-on-year, and that it officially expanded to Singapore on January 1, in a bid to enter the global market.


China's granted virtual telecom license

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has awarded B2C e-commerce company one of the first licenses in China to resell mobile telecom services.

"The combination of being China's biggest seller of mobile phones and our deep existing relationships with the country's three major telecom companies makes this move into core mobile communications services a logical next step," said's Vice Chairman Guoqing Zhao in a news release.

Japan PC market sees increased sales value, but volumes down


Japan's PC market saw its sales value in October 2013 rise 4.4 percent on year despite an on-year drop in sales volume. Notebook sales have also seen increased value, but declining volumes since March 2012 due to the increased number of high-end notebook models on the market such as those equipped with touch panels, which have boosted Japan's overall PC pricing and helped ASP return to the level in 2010 at JPY70,000 (USD670).


SoftBank gets closer to buying T-Mobile


Japan-based SoftBank Corp is in final stages of talks with T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom about acquiring the US-based wireless carrier, the Nikkei news service reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.

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