Consumer Electronics

Indonesia smartphone sales could fall 50pc under tax plan

Jakarta Globe

The Indonesian representatives of Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics and other members of a local industry group said smartphone sales could fall by as much as 50 percent if the government imposes a tax on luxury models.

The government is considering a 20 percent tax for smartphones retailing at or above 5 million rupiah (USD430), which would make Indonesia the most expensive country in Asia to buy an Apple iPhone 5s.

Microsoft sells over 5m Xbox Ones

The Wall Street Journal Online

Microsoft said it has sold more than five million Xbox One consoles to retail shops since the product was launched in November.

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The rise to dominance of Chinese smartphones in Singapore


Singapore consumers love their low-priced China smartphones.

Canon India shifts focus to store sales

The Hindu Business Line

Canon India’s head Kazutada Kobayashi feels that online retailing in India is unavoidable, however, it cannot conquer the offline retail market. Canon had stopped selling on Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon a few months ago. It will focus on increasing sales at the physical stores.


Windows tablets gaining traction in Japan


Sales of Windows-based tablets in Japan have been rising as vendors have been aggressively releasing Windows 8.1-based 8-inch models since October 2013. In February 2014, 15.7 percent of Japan's tablet sales were contributed by Windows-based models, up significantly from a year ago and also larger than the Windows tablet's share of 2 percent in the worldwide tablet market, according to figures from Japan-based BCN.


Taiwan's high-tech companies bet future on emerging wearable devices market


Amid the increasing proof of the promising future of wearable devices, Taiwan's high-tech industry has stepped up investments in the area and is likely to see a good start this year.


Amazon preparing to release smartphone

The Wall Street Journal Online Inc. is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of this year, according to people briefed on the company's plans, part of a broad push into hardware that would pit it against Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.

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Samsung banks on Galaxy S5 sales

Shanghai Daily

Samsung Electronics Co’s latest flagship model, the Galaxy S5, started selling yesterday in China as the company aims to raise market share before HTC and Apple start to sell their flagship models.


Smartwatches getting popular in Singapore

Smart watches are gaining popularity in Singapore with nearly 1,400 devices sold in the first two months of 2014, according to research firm GfK.

Gfk started retail sales tracking of smartwatches thus year and said sales reached USD345,000 in January and February.

Cell phone prices to rise by more than 30pc in Indonesia: Association

The Jakarta Post

The government's plan to impose a luxury goods sales tax (PPnBM) on cell phones will result in more than 30 percent price increases.


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