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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — LG plans November shipments in Korea of the first smartphone with a curved display that follows the contours of the human face, but the company didn’t announce ship dates in other countries.
The 6-inch G Flex phablet, part of LG’s premium G series, reduces the distance between a user’s mouth to the microphone to improve voice and sound quality. The curved shape is said to increase the sound level of a user’s voice by 3dB compared with flat smartphones.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
LOS ANGELES – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) outlined what three key customer groups – women, teens and seniors – look for when shopping for CE products during a panel at CEA’s Industry Forum last month, here.
The panelists from CEA — Chris Ely, industry analysis senior manager; Tara Hutton, market research director; and Kevin Tillman, senior research analyst — discussed purchasing power of each demographic group, consumers’ ability to price compare and where they shop.
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. — Combined factory-level sales of 3G/4G cellphones and tablets will outpace sales of traditional CE products on a global basis for the first time in 2013, IHS forecast.
Cellphones, media tablets and PC tablets will generate $354.3 billion in sales in 2013, or 3 percent more than the CE industry’s $344.4 billion in factory revenue. Only last year, the CE market was 30 percent larger than the cellphone and tablet markets, IHS said.
FRAMINGHAM, MASS. – Apple lost share in the global tablet market in 2012 and the first half of 2013, but in the U.S., Apple gained share in 2013’s first half following a slight dip in 2012, IDC statistics show.
In the first half, Apple also regained the lead in U.S. tablet shipment in units.
Apple’s first-half share of factory-level tablet shipments rose to 48.9 percent compared with Android’s second-place 45.5 percent, with Windows tablet share at 4.8 percent and Windows RT share at 0.4 percent.
NEW YORK — Retail-level tablet sales grew 30 percent in units through September compared with the year-ago period even though sales of larger models with screens of 9 inches and larger fell 36 percent, The NPD Group found.
Sales of tablets with screen sizes of 7 inches to 8.9 inches were up a whopping 550 percent, given the launch of small models from such companies as Google, Amazon, Apple and others.
STAMFORD, CONN. — Combined worldwide shipments of PCs, tablets and cellphones will rise 4.5 percent in 2013 to 2.32 billion units in 2013, driven by tablet and cellphone growth, research and consulting company Gartner forecast.
Worldwide shipments of traditional desk-based and notebook PCs will drop 11.2 percent to 303 million units in 2013, Gartner forecasts. Sales of ultramobile PCs will rise 90 percent to 18.6 million, but the entire PC market (desktop, notebook, and ultramobile) will still decline 8.4 percent, the company said.
ARLINGTON, VA. — Twenty-eight percent of brick-and-mortar shoppers wind up making their CE purchases at the retailers’ websites, a new study shows.
The report, from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), also indicates that just less than half (45 percent) of brick-and-mortar customers use their mobile devices to help them shop while in stores, and 4 percent will use them to make a purchase.
FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — IDC is predicting that PlayStation 4 sales will just barely beat out Microsoft’s Xbox One this holiday season.
It also said overall console sales will enjoy a slight uptick in sales compared with 2012.
The report credited the PS4’s lower price point for its expected dominance this year.
LOS ANGELES — Nearly a quarter of consumers plan to spend more this holiday season in anticipation of better deals and discounts, a new survey shows.
According to a poll by PriceGrabber, the comparison shopping site, 66 percent of respondents believe retailers will offer better prices due to the state of the economy, and the number of shoppers who plan to take advantage of those deals by spending more is up 11 percent over last year.
CHICAGO — With a shorter holiday shopping season, ShopperTrak, the provider of shopper analytics, predicted that four of the 10 busiest shopping days will occur between Dec. 20 and Dec. 24.
Retailers should expect to see more shoppers making last-minute purchases this holiday season, and ShopperTrak advised retailers to prepare accordingly.