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Talk of the Day -- Google-Asustek tablet sold out

2012/07/16 23:04:34

Google Nexus 7 tablet, which is being made by Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc., has emerged as one of the hottest devices on the market, according to media reports.

Google unveiled Nexus 7 tablet at its annual developers conference in San Francisco late last month. The company has been accepting orders over the past two weeks, but delivery did not formally began until last Friday.

According to U.S. technology website, the tablet has sold out in many stores.

A Reuters report quoted GameStop as having confirmed that it has completely sold out of is Nexus 7 inventory and does not expect to have the device back in stock until August.

Two other retailers -- Sam's Club and Staples -- have also announced on their websites that Nexus 7 is out of stock.

Major retailers said they are applying for urgent re-stocking, but some reports said Nexus 7 can still be bought from certain stores.

Nexus 7 features the latest build of Android, called 4.1 Jelly Bean, and comes with a 7-inch display and a quad-core processor. Two models are available -- the 8GB version sold for US$199 and the 16GB version old for US$299.

Meanwhile, local media reports said MediaTek Inc., Taiwan's top handset chip designer, outpaced U.S.-based mobile chipset giant Qualcomm Inc. in handset chip sales in China in June.

The following are excerpts from the local media coverage of tablet and handset chip market developments:

United Evening News:

A week after Google started delivery of its brand-name Nexus 7 tablet, Apple Inc.'s iconic New iPad will be launched in China this coming Friday.

With the tablet race heating up between Apple and non-Apple camps, market analysts said local technology companies in both camps' supply chains, including Asustek, Hon Hai and Quanta, will see their sales increase significantly in the coming months.

Booming sales of Nexsus 7 will contribute to Asustek's July sales, market sources said.

Nexus 7's first shipment was estimated at 1 million units and the figure is expected to double in the third quarter of the year, the sources said, adding that Asustek's Q3 revenues could post a 10 to 20 percent quarter-to-quarter growth.

Other Taiwanese companies in the Nexus 7 supply chains such as IPS panel supplier Hydis and touchscreen maker TPK will also benefit from Nexus 7 sales boom, the analysts said.

After resolving its iPad trademark dispute with China's Proview Co., Apple will finally launch its New iPad in the Chinese market July 20.

As China accounts for 20 percent of Apple's total revenues, the launch of New iPad is expected to help boost Hon Hai's sales in Q3. Hon Hai, the main assembler of Apple's iPads, has incurred sales declines for three months in a row. (July 16, 2012).

United Evening News:

The latest research report released by JPMorgan Chase on smartphone market trends in China said the annual smartphone sales in China will reach 170 million units this year, accounting for 25 percent of the world's total.

The report further said the market share of Asian handset chip suppliers have continue to rise, the number estimated at 75 million to 80 million units in the first half of the year.

In June, the report said, Taiwan's MediaTek outperformed Qualcomm for the first time in handset chip sales to China.

According to the report, MediaTek smartphone chip sales hit 8 million sets in China in June.

As competition remains intense, the average price for mid-to-low-level smartphone chipsets has dropped to US$6 apiece, the report said. (July 16, 2012).

(By Sofia Wu)