Consumer Electronics

124m smartphones sold in Southeast Asia in past 12 months

Total smartphones sales in the last 12 months in seven Southeast Asian markets nearly 120 million units, reflecting a 44 percent increase in volume and 24 percent increase in value compared to the same period a year ago.

Big demand at iPhone 6 China launch but queues smaller than before

Shanghai Daily

Apple Inc. started delivering the iPhone 6 to the Chinese mainland yesterday, with the latest Apple model available through Apple stores, telecoms companies and online shops. The 64-gigabyte iPhone 6 Plus model seemed to be the most popular choice in Shanghai, quickly selling out at some online outlets.

New iPads aim to help Apple regain tablet momentum

Shanghai Daily

Apple, facing tough competition in the tablet market, on Thursday unveiled a new line-up of iPads that feature its mobile payments system and include the fingerprint unlock used on iPhones. The California tech giant said its new iPad Air 2 would be thinner than its rivals, with upgraded graphics power and other features.


Tesco unveils second generation tablet hudl2

UK supermarket Tesco unveiled on Friday Hudl2, the second generation of its Android tablet released last year, and promises to be bigger, faster and sharper.

The new tablets have 8.3 inch full HD screen, Dolby optimised audio, and powered by an Intel Atom super-fast 1.83GHz quad-core processor. Available in eight colors, the tablet runs on Android’s Kitkat 4.4.2 so users can also enjoy access to over one million Google apps.

The gadget sells for GBP129 (USD), but Tesco's Clubcard customers can also purchase it through Clubcard Boost for GBP65 (USD).

China approves Apple’s iPhone 6 for sale


Apple’s iPhone 6 can now be sold in China, after the firm received a licence for the device to be used on the country’s wireless networks.

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Huawei joins hands with Flipkart to unveil Honor

Business Standard

Chinese telecom company Huawei, on Monday, launched two smartphones and two tablets under Honor range, its online brand, which will be sold exclusively on Flipkart. The company has kept the prices at Rs 19,990 (USD324.59) and Rs 9,990 (USD162.21), respectively, for the smartphones and the tablets. While the smartphones will be sold starting 6 October, tablets will be available from 8 October.

Foxconn assisting China smartphone vendors, looking to reduce reliance on Apple


Despite having strong performance thanks to iPhone sales, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been aggressively helping its China-based smartphone clients such as Xiaomi, Meitu, Oppo and Meizu boost their sales and is looking to increase the revenue contribution from non-Apple players, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

iPhone 6 debut on Taiwan market draws long lines in front of stores


( - Taiwanese consumers lined up for long hours early Friday to get their hands on Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone models, which went on sale in the country for the first time.

Philippine telco opens 1st international retail store in Milan

Philippine telecommunications company Globe Telecom on Monday opened the first international Globe Store in Italy's Milan, offering a variety of telecoms services such as the Globe local Italy SIM and prepaid load cards in various denominations.

Gold iPhones at USD3,600 as HK traders sell on black market

Jakarta Globe

Consumers typically waited at least three months for Apple to start selling new iPhones in China, triggering a flood of devices into the country's black market. As many as 5 million may be smuggled into China before the new models are officially available, said Neil Shah, Mumbai-based research director for devices at Counterpoint Research.

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