Consumer Electronics

Southeast Asia spends USD11b on smartphones

Consumers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines have spent USD10.8 billion on nearly 41.5 million units of smartphones in the first 10 months of the year, according to research firm GfK.

Among the seven individual markets tracked, Indonesia has the greatest smartphone sales volume and value. Since the beginning of this year, Indonesian consumers have already bought 14.8 million smartphones worth over USD3.33 billion.

Nike to launch new smartwatch in 1H14


 Following the release of the Nike+Sportwatch and Fuelband SE smartwatch in 2013, Nike plans to launch a new smartwatch in the first half of 2014, according to sources in Taiwan's supply chain.

Smart watches not yet on consumers' wish list this year

Despite the hype surrounding smart watches, they are unlikely to be featured on many consumers' holiday wish lists this year, according to research firm Gartner.

With premium pricing and an unclear value proposition for smart watches, consumer spending is forecast to be focused on tablets and fitness instead.

Chinese PC maker heads to South America

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Sao Paulo is the beneficiary of a USD100 million research and development expansion move by Lenovo. This Brazilian move marks Lenovo's further expansion into the international market. The company's new R&D center will be Lenovo's first offshore software development center to focus on the enterprise product group.


Samsung, Xiaomi 'rise in popularity as Apple falls'


Samsung and Xiaomi are the big winners in China's smartphone market this year while Apple sales dropped, says a new research report.

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India PC market increases 8pc in Q3

Sales of desk-based and mobile PC market in India totalled nearly 3.2 million units in the third quarter of 2013, a 7.9 percent increase over the third quarter of 2012, according to research firm Gartner Inc.

The research firm said the market was driven by some large government orders in an otherwise sombre economic atmosphere.

Samsung tablet for children puts pressure on China white-box vendors


Samsung Electronics has recently released a tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Kids, targeting the children market, and some market watchers believe the device will create threats against China white-box vendors, which are aggressively trying to gain share in the market.

After 2-year absence, LG returns to Taiwan tablet market


Tablet computers from LG Electronics Inc., the world's fourth-largest smartphone maker, are coming back to Taiwan after a two-year absence, as the South Korean firm gears up to launch its new 8.3-inch device in the Taiwan market.


Sony plans expansion in China


Sony, the Japanese electronics giant, has announced its ambition to increase sales in emerging markets by 40 percent by the end of 2014, with China being its main focus.  

Nokia launches 5 models to ramp up market share


Nokia's recent release of three Asha-series feature phones and two Lumia smartphones is aimed at ramping up the market share of Windows Phone. But the effectiveness of the strategy remains to be seen, according to Digitimes Research. The new Nokia Asha feature phones will inevitably face competition from low-cost smartphones, as the series is positioned in the high-end feature phone market, said Digitimes Research.


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