At an event this morning in Delhi, Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi revealed that its tablet, the MiPad, and the updated version of its cheapest phone, the Redmi 2, are set to launch in India on March 24. The budget-oriented Redmi 2 first launched in China in January, while the MiPad dates back to May 2014. Xiaomi’s MiPad, which comes with a 7.9-inch 1080p HD screen, will cost INR 12,999 (US$207), while the Redmi 2 (with a 4.7-inch 720p HD screen) is pegged at INR 6,999 (US$112).
Amazon has reduced tablet orders released to Taiwan-based ODMs Compal Electronics and Quanta Computer by an estimated 30%, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News(EDN) report citing Taiwan-based supply chain makers as indicating.
NEW DELHI: Large government and education projects, coupled with re-entry of older players in consumer segment, are expected to help the tablet PC market in India post single digit growth this year, research firm IDC said. The tablet market in India, which saw a correction post the introduction of BIS regulation in July 2013, closed at 3.5 million at the end of December 2014, a decline of 15 per cent over 2013.
NEW DELHI: Korean giant Samsung has lost its leadership position in the Indian tablet market to the home-bred vendor iBall in the fourth quarter of the 2014, IDC said. Samsung slipped to the second spot, with 12.9% of the market share as against a 17.9% share in fourth quarter of 2013. Local tablet vendors are posing stiff competition to Samsung at retail counters, IDC said, add8ng that iBall has more than tripled its share in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 15.6%, up from a 4.5% share in the same quarter last year.
Tablet supply chains are evaluating their strategies for 2015 as overall shipments are expected to wither throughout the year, declining most heavily by an estimated 30% on quarter in the first quarter of the year. Tablet shipments are expected to reach 52.15 million in the quarter, with Apple and white-box units all expected to see over 20% declines.
Xiaomi’s Android tablet, the MiPad, is set to launch tomorrow in Singapore and Malaysia. The MiPad’s arrival is a little late, a full seven months after it launched in mainland China. The Xiaomi MiPad is priced at S$299 (US$220) in Singapore, and RM 799 (US$225) in Malaysia. The customary online flash sale begins at 12 noon in both countries with an inevitably limited supply available in each batch. Some bad news: it’s only offered in white and 16GB for now, meaning that the choice of six colors and the option for 64GB is missing. But it does support microSD cards for extra storage.
Although Nokia’s new N1 tablet has strong demand in China, sources from related upstream component suppliers pointed out that they are still seeing weak orders from the vendor and are unlikely to see any major growth in the near future because of seasonal factors. Nokia has recently said that it has shipped 20,000 N1 tablets initially and the second batch of shipments are scheduled to be delivered before mid-February and the company has already received orders for over 560,000 units from consumers.
Although white-box tablet shipments declined in the fourth quarter of 2014, global overall tablet shipments in the quarter still grew sequentiallyby 16.9% to reach 74.77 million units thanks to Apple and non-Apple first-tier vendors’ strong performances, according to Digitimes Research’s latest report on the global tablet industry.
NEW DELHI: Among the fastest growing tablet markets in the world, India is expected to see over 40 million users of the smart device this year, although the popularity of phablets may restrict that growth, research firm eMarketer said. Phablets are devices with screen size in the range of 5-7 inches. The firm estimates the number of tablet users in one of the world’s largest Internet market to grow by 24.8 per cent in 2015 to touch 40.4 million.
Samsung Electronics will release an updated Galaxy Note 4 this week with the world’s fastest tri-band LTE-A wireless technology. A tri-band LTE-A wireless network is three times faster than the current LTE-A service, with download speeds of 300Mbps; meaning just 28 seconds will be needed to download a 1 GB movie. The release comes at a time when three domestic mobile carriers are embroiled in a dispute over SK Telecom’s claim that it has succeeded in offering the tri-band LTE-A service.
Worldwide tablet shipments have risen at a slower pace and will grow at only a single-digit rate in 2015, according to MediaTek. About 70 million iPads were shipped in 2014, while shipments of Windows tablets reached around 15 million units. Including shipments of Android tablets, estimated at 170-175 million units, the overall shipments of tablets worldwide came to 255-260 million units in 2014, MediaTek said.
Indonesia’s Ministry of Education is looking to replace textbooks with tablets in its schooling system. It intends to start by piloting the approach in outlying frontier towns, where pupils are most disadvantaged. Textbooks are more vulnerable to wear and tear than tablets, and are costly to distribute, the department believes.
China is still unregulated when it comes to pirating, with Apple’s legal team having little to no presence in the country. The lack of oversight allows pirates to come out of the woodwork, including the new Onda V919 Air tablet, running Android and Windows 8.1. The Onda V919 Air looks like an exact copy of the 10-inch iPad, complete with the home button and front-facing camera on the front, and what looks like aluminum edges.
MUMBAI, INDIA: iBall has launched iBall Slide Octa A41 which is an Octa-core 7” tablet. The Octa A41 is armed with an Octa core ARM Cortex 1.7 GHz processor. With 2GB Ram built in (rare in 7” Tablet PC), this 7 inch tablet provides multi-touch display of Wide FHD screen of 1920×1200 pixel resolution with IPS screen panel.
In addition to Samsung Electronics and Apple, Sony is also expected to launch a large-size tablet in the first half of 2015 and the device will enter mass production shortly, according to sources from the related supply chain. Sony’s above 12-inch tablet is expected to target mainly the high-end segment and its price may exceed US$1,000, the sources said. Although Sony has withdrawn from the PC market, it remains aggressive about the tablet product line, the sources noted.
Though its Xperia Z3 smartphone range was introduced just months ago (at IFA in September), Sony may be on the verge of announcing its successor. The next generation of premium smartphones from the brand could include the Z4 Ultra and the Z4 Compact, according to Android Origin. The Xperia Z4 Ultra is said to be an impressive 6.44in phablet with a QHD display (2560×1440 pixels), a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 16MP camera and 3GB of RAM. Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, this high-end smartphone is also said to come with a stylus.
China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) is looking to expand production capacity at its 8-inch wafer fab in Shenzhen, while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) both plan to build additional capacity at their 8-inch fabs in China, according to company sources.
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market continued to record strong on-year growth in the third quarter of 2014, spurred by a huge increase in shipments of Android-based devices. The latest figures announced by IDC showed that the market expanded 29.6% in volume terms during the quarter to reach a total of 4.15 million units. This growth was most evident in the consumer segment, where a number of IT festivals and back-to-school promotions across the region helped boost tablet demand.
Xiaomi’s cheap phablets, the Redmi Note and Redmi Note 4G, are sweeping across South and Southeast Asia. The 4G version launched in China in August, followed by Singapore and India in November, selling out quickly in all of its inaugural flash sales. The Note series capitalizes on Asia’s love of a) low prices and b) big screens. So how does it stack up against big screen rivals in the same price range?
The days of personal computers (PCs) and laptops may be numbered. “The PC is already on its way out; laptops have started to disappear,” said Barry Lerner, South Pacific regional chief information officer of Huawei Australia. “We’re going into the small (mobile) devices, and the tablets. Businesses and customers will start to utilize cloud.”