Consumer Electronics

Lenovo ships 55m PCs, 50m smartphones, 9.2m tablets in 2013

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DIGITIMES

China-based vendor Lenovo shipped 55 million notebooks and desktops, 50 million smartphones and 9.2 million tablets in fiscal 2013 (April 2013-March 2014), according to the company. Lenovo recorded consolidated revenues of USD38.707 billion, gross margin of 13.08 percent, net operating profit of USD1.052 billion and net profit of USD817 million for the fiscal year.

 

Xiaomi finding its groove in China smartphone market

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DIGITIMES

With interesting designs, superior pricing and an innovative marketing strategy, China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi was able to become the top local brand in China in the first quarter of 2014, according to the recently published Digitimes Research China Smartphone Market and Industry Tracker report.

 

Optus increases profit to USD783m

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The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Australia's second largest telco, Optus, has lifted full year profit by 14.6 percent to AUD835 million (USD783.1m).

Revenue declined by 5 percent and free cash flow by more than 15 percent. The result reflected strong cost management and yield improvement, Optus said.

Optus chief Paul O'Sullivan said the strong full year earnings performance demonstrated that the company was taking necessary steps to transform and restructure the business.
 

China's Xiaomi leads Asia's low-cost smartphone drive

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The Malaysian Insider

Xiaomi may be little known outside China, but the fast growing smartphone maker is at the forefront of a new wave of Asian brands challenging the dominance of Apple and Samsung with high-spec, low-price phones.

In the three months to March, Xiaomi surpassed Apple and other established Asian players such as Huawei and Sony to become the third largest smartphone brand in China by market share, research firm Counterpoint Technology said.

Samsung holds the top spot at 18 percent, followed by homegrown Lenovo with 12 percent.
 

HTC eyes US with flagship M8 phone

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scmp.com

Taiwanese phone maker HTC said its new flagship smartphone, the One M8, was selling quicker than its predecessor, and that the strong showing would help it claw back market share in developed markets such as the United States.

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Amazon.com launches store for wearable technology

Amazon.com has launched a new Wearable Technology store where customers can discover the latest in wearable technology and research wearable devices, including activity trackers, smart watches, and wearable cameras and more.

BlackBerry starts pre-order for new smartphone in Indonesia

BlackBerry has started accepting pre-orders for the new Z3 smartphohne in Indonesia leading telecommunications operators in Indosat and XL ahead of its official release on 13 May.

The company expects the device to sell at IDR2,199 (USD). An unlimited edition model, the BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition, will be made available for a limited period. This model will feature the inscription “Jakarta” on the back of the device to commemorate the launch of the first BlackBerry smartphone built specifically for the Indonesia market.

LG Electronics profit surges 319pc, TV sales offset mobile phone losses

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Chinapost.com.tw

South Korea's LG Electronics on Tuesday posted a forecast-busting first-quarter profit that more than quadrupled from a year ago as better-than-expected sales of high-end TV offset losses in the mobile phone unit.

 

HTC eyes 15pc market share in India

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Business Standard

Taiwan-based handset manufacturer HTC plans to raise its share of the Indian smartphone market to 15 percent in two years. The company recently announced its foray into the sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone segment with its HTC Desire 210 dual SIM phone for INR8,700 (USD143.6). Faisal Siddiqui, country head, HTC India, said though the launch was global, the entry level smartphone was designed for India.

Apple offers free recycling of used products in bid to go greener

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The Japan Times Online

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centres with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple Inc. in an environmental section on the company's website that debuted on Monday. The site highlights the ways that the Cupertino, California, company is increasing its reliance on alternative power sources and sending less electronic junk to landfills.

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