Micromax launches Canvas Lapbook L1160 laptop at Rs 10,499

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Indian consumer electronics company Micromax has added yet another entry-level laptop to its Lapbook series with the launch of the Canvas Lapbook L1160. Made in association with Microsoft and Intel, the L1160 is priced at Rs 10,499. The laptop will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting May 4.


PC shipments up 10.6% in Q4 2015: Gartner

APACTimes of India — MUMBAI: Gartner said shipments of personal computers in India grew nearly 11% in the fourth-quarter, but the research firm added that it does not see significant growth in the market going forward. PC shipments in India totalled nearly 2.6 million units, Gartner said. The research firm showed that Lenovo increased its share of the market to 25.3% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, from 18% a year ago.


40% of Dell India’s sales comes from channel partners

IndiaTimes of India — PUNE: Almost two years after Dell revamped its go-to-market strategy, channel partners account for 40% of the American computer technology company’s sales. The share of the channel partners is higher in India than the global average for the company, Neeraj Matiyani, director, storage solutions, enterprise solutions group, at Dell India said without sharing exact numbers.


Huawei MateBook shipments expected to reach 400,000 units in 2016

ChinaDigi Times — Huawei’s MateBook 2-in-1 is expected to achieve annual shipments of 400,000 units, a lot lower than market watchers’ expectations of 1-2 million units as Huawei is mainly pushing the device in the high-end enterprise market instead of consumer segment, plus the China-based vendor is still not familiar with the notebook channel and business model, according to sources from the upstream supply chain, adding that the company will need to conquer these issues in order to boost shipments.


Dell increases sourcing of PC component from China

TaiwanDigi Times — Dell reportedly has significantly increased its desktop component supply from China-based players for 2016 and is planning to increase the supply share to above 70% in 2017, looking to reduce costs and tighten its relationships with local governments for a better chance to land procurement orders, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, the news has not been confirmed by Dell.


Huawei goes luxe with MateBook

China.gifStraits Times — Huawei is jumping into the 2-in-1 market with the 12-inch MateBook, its answer to the Microsoft Surface and the iPad Pro. With Alcatel also unveiling its own Windows 10 tablet at the Mobile World Congress and Samsung announcing the Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1 at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, it seems that this is the year non-traditional PC-makers are trying their hand at cracking the Windows 10 tablet market.


China’s Huawei Officially Enters PC Market

China.gifChina Tech News — Chinese telecom device maker Huawei announced in Spain that the company has officially entered the PC sector by launching its PC product Huawei MateBook. Yu Chengdong, Huawei’s chief executive officer of consumer business, said that Huawei hopes to build a consumer-oriented smart terminal experience. The launch of Huawei MateBook represents the company’s step forward to meet this goal.

China’s Huawei Officially Enters PC Market

HP Malaysia offers DaaS to help enterprises enhance employee productivity

MalaysiaMIS Asia — Computer and services firm HP is offering a Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) programme to Malaysian enterprises to better deploy and manage their PC technologies.  HP PPS sales managing director Kym Lim said businesses “want to move fast, be more efficient, and still provide the best experience to demanding employees. However the time, cost and complexity of procuring and maintaining their PC infrastructure is a challenge.”


Lenovo Tumbles as Sputtering PC, Phone Demand Hammers Sales

ChinaBloomberg — Lenovo Group Ltd. plunged in Hong Kong trading after quarterly revenue declined for the first time in more than six years on stalling demand for phones and computers. Shares fell 10 percent in their biggest decline in two years. The world’s largest PC maker said revenue dropped 8 percent in the three months ended December, even as broadening cost cuts delivered a surprise rise in net income.


Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments in 2016 to fall 2.5% on year, from TW

Hong KongDigi Times — There were 157.4 million notebooks shipped globally in 2015, decreasing 9% on year, and the shipments will further slip 2.5% to 153.5 million units in 2016, according to Digitimes Research. Among vendors, Lenovo will take up 22.5% of shipments in 2016, followed by Hewlett-Packard with 21.4%, Dell 13.8%, Apple 11.9%, Asustek Computer 10.2%, Acer 8.9%, Samsung Electronics 2.8%, Toshiba 1.7% and Fujitsu 1.1%, Digitimes Research indicated.


Notebook players to take measures to save costs and expand into non-PC market in 2016, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — With the notebook market expected to continue seeing a single-digit percentage shipment decline in 2016, brand vendors and ODMs are expected to become more aggressive pushing into the Internet of Things (IoT) sector to boost their non-PC incomes and adopting components from China-based suppliers to save costs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.


Microsoft launches Surface Pro 4 in India

IndiaBusiness Standard — Software giant Microsoft India on Thursday launched Surface Pro 4 — its most awaited slim and light Windows 10-based tablet-cum-laptop with pixel sense technology. “Surface Pro 4 is designed to reinvent personal computing. It is a highly prolific and versatile device that will push the limits of performance and productivity in the most elegant way,” Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman of Microsoft India, said at the launch.


Worldwide desktop shipment decline to shrink from 15% in 2015 to 7% in 2016, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Although worldwide desktop shipments are expected to drop up to 15% on year in 2015, the volume in 2016 is only expected to decline less than 7% in 2016 thanks to increasing demand for high-end gaming, professional workstation and embedded-related products, while mini PCs are also expected to see stable demand, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.


Worldwide PC shipments will continue to decline into 2016 as short-term outlook softens, says IDC, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall 10% in the fourth quarter of 2015, pulling on-year growth for all of 2015 down to negative 10.3%, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Short-term headwinds like the strong US dollar, depressed commodity prices, and existing inventory have also lowered the outlook for early 2016, although shipments are still expected to stabilize by the end of 2016 and grow slightly toward the end of the forecast as commercial replacements rise.


Toshiba, Fujitsu considering PC units merger: Sources

JapanTimes of India — TOKYO: Toshiba Corp and Fujitsu Ltd are considering a merger of their personal computer businesses, two people familiar with the matter said, as the companies look to shed struggling units to overhaul their operations. The Japanese electronics firms are in the early stages of exploring a combination and it is unclear whether a deal will be reached, said the people, who declined to be named because the discussions remained confidential.


Digitimes Research: Global all-in-one PC shipments to drop 3.9% on year in 2015, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — With consumer demand for all-in-one PCs remaining weak, and Apple’s new high-end iMacs and the price cut for previous-generation models failing to drive sales, Digitimes Research expects all-in-one PC shipments to decline 3.9% on year in 2015 and reach around 13 million units. Since the market is unlikely to see any effective expansion, shipments in 2016 are expected to stay flat from 2015 or drop slightly by 0.5% on year.


Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments to decline 17.5% on year in 4Q15, from Taiwan

TaiwanDigi Times — Global notebook shipments (not including detachable 2-in-1 products), are expected to drop 17.5% on year and 5.3% sequentially in the fourth quarter as most notebook vendors already completed their inventory preparation for the year-end holiday sales in the third quarter and are still conservative about overall demand in the fourth quarter, according to the latest Digitimes Research quarterly notebook report.


Microsoft increases monthly Surface Pro shipments by 60% for 4Q15, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Microsoft has raised its Surface Pro 2-in-1s’ monthly shipments to 500,000 units for the fourth quarter, up 60% from 300,000 units originally to prepare for the year-end holiday sales, according to sources from the related upstream supply chain. Surface Pro 4’s manufacturer Pegatron Technology is expected to benefit from the increasing orders.


Singapore PC market grew 12% in 1H 2015: Gartner

SingaporeDigital News Asia — PC vendors shipped a total of 588,300 units in Singapore in the first half of 2015, a 12 percent growth over the same period last year, according to industry research firm Gartner, Inc.  In a statement, principle research analyst at Gartner, Lillian Tay said, “Growth was driven by mobile PCs as shipments increased 18.4 percent compared to the same period a year ago, while desk-based PCs declined 2.3 percent.”


Asustek takes 40% share in global gaming notebook shipments in 1H15

TaiwanDigi Times — Asustek Computer was the largest gaming notebook vendor in the first half of 2015 and acquired a share of around 40% in shipments of gaming notebooks featuring Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M, 960M, 970M and 980M graphics cards, according to sources from the supply chain. Following Asustek, Lenovo was the second largest with a shipment share of 30%, mainly relying on demand from China, the sources said.


Commentary: Taiwan notebook ODMs may not see profitability improve in 2H15

TaiwanDigi Times — The top-four Taiwan-based notebook ODMs all saw their profits decline significantly in the second quarter of 2015, and it still remains unclear if they can turn around in the second half of the year amid slowing economic growth globally. Wistron, a front-runner in terms of profitability, saw its net profits sink 89.4% sequentially to NT$77 million in the second quarter of 2015. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$0.03, the lowest quarterly earnings since the third quarter of 2004.


Quanta Computer ships 4.1 million notebooks in August

TaiwanDigi Times — ODM Quanta Computer shipped 4.1 million notebooks in August, increasing 28.1% on month, according to the company. Quanta expects notebook shipments in September to remain unchanged from August, but shipments in October are likely to drop. If September notebook shipments are the same as in August, shipments in the third quarter will be 11.4 million units, growing 6.54% on quarter which is higher than the originally estimated 0-5%, Quanta said.


Xiaomi said to release notebook in 2016 with help from Inventec and Foxconn

ChinaDigi Times — China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi reportedly is planning to launch a notebook in 2016 and is currently developing the device jointly with its ODM partners Inventec and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry). So far, the notebook’s mass production schedule has yet to be confirmed, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.


Portable PC sales to remain flat despite Windows 10 launch, says ABI Research, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — According to the latest market data findings from ABI Research, total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015, essentially flat compared to 2014 levels. Assuming that the free upgrade promotion to Windows 10 OS offered by Microsoft is successful, much of the Windows installed base are likely to use their current computer hardware for at least a while longer.


Indian market grows fastest for Dell

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: India was the fastest growing market for Dell last year, the first full year since the company went private. The growth was two times faster than in the second fastest growing market. And the growth did not come from a low base. India is Dell’s third largest market, after the US and China. Dell India MD Alok Ohrie told TOI that the company grew 30% in its fiscal year ended January 2015, compared to the year before.


Acer unveils Windows 10-based Cloudbook entry-level laptops

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwanese computer maker Acer refreshed its entry-level notebook lineup Tuesday with two models powered by the Windows 10 operating system, as part of efforts to develop its cloud computing business. The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 feature a fan-less design of just 17.9mm thick, while the 11-inch model weighs just 1.15kg and the 14-inch model weighs in at 1.6kg.


Digitimes Research: Taiwan 3Q15 notebook shipments expected to drop 12.2% on year

TaiwanDigi Times — Taiwan-based ODMs will ship an estimated 32.067 million notebooks (not including detachable hybrid models) during the third quarter of 2015, accounting for 81.6% of the global total and increasing 2.4% on quarter but decreasing 12.2% on year, according to Digitimes Research. There will be 39.288 million notebooks shipped globally in the third quarter, growing 2.5% on quarter but slipping 12% on year, Digitimes Research indicated.


Taiwan notebook ODMs face growing competition from China-based LCFC, Uniwill

TaiwanDigi Times — China-based ODMs LCFC (Hefei) Electronics Technology and Uniwill Technology are expected to have notebook shipments in 2015 significantly increasing on year, posing increasing competitive pressure on Taiwan-based notebook ODMs, mainly Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec, according to industry sources in Taiwan.


Worldwide PC shipments declined 9.5% in 2Q15, says Gartner, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.4 million units in the second quarter of 2015, a 9.5% decline from the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner. This was the steepest PC shipment decline since the third quarter of 2013. PC shipments are projected to decline 4.4% in 2015.


No clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, say sources, from TW

TaiwanOrders received this coming July will be crucial for the second half 2015 business prospects for Taiwan-based component makers in the notebook and PC industry supply chain, according to sources in the supply chain. Intel’s decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform until the second half of 2015 has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems, affecting the sales performance of most component suppliers, said the sources.