Tablets, Android TVs Debut At SINOCES

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Qingdao, China - Tablets, Android-based smart TVs and statistics underscoring the rapid growth of China's CE market captured the attention of attendees at SINOCES, where laptops mingled with washing machines and personal grooming kits on the display floor.

Tablets put in their first appearance at the show, with Chinese companies Lenovo and Haier showing their first Android models for the China market. Haier has no current plans for U.S. sales, but Lenovo plans an announcement next week to bring the device, or a version of it, to the U.S> market.

Domestic laptop supplier Hasee also showed a tablet, but company representatives didn't know whether the product would be sold in the U.S.

For its part, China-based Hisense showed its first Android-based smart TVs, all with 3D technology. The company plans to bring the TV technologies to the U.S. at an unspecified time as part of an effort to move up-market in this country, Hisense executives told TWICE. The Android TVs became available in China about three months ago.

Little information was available about the new tablets, but a member of Haier's engineering group said the Haier Haipad features the Android 3.0 OS, which is optimized for tablets. It ships in China in a month.

 The Lenovo tablet, also Android-based, shipped in China in April. Company literature show the Lenovo tablet features a Qualcomm 1.3GHz processor, 10.1-inch screen, Flash 10.1, GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. 3G-equipped versions feature 800/1900HMz CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A and 850/1900/21000MHz HSDPA technology, making them suitable for use in U.S. 3G networks. The device also comes in 16GB and 32GB versions, and a laptop-like docking station is available. Information on the tablet's Android version was unavailable.

As Chinese companies displayed new products, Germany-based market-research company GfK Group reported Chinese-market statistics to industry members at an industry summit during the show. GfK said China's share of the global CE market will grow from 10 percent in 2008 to a projected 13 percent in 2011. The company also reported a 19 percent gain in 2010 global CE sales to $904 billion and projected a 6 percent gain in 2011.

International companies putting in an appearance include Siemens appliance group, Philips, Panasonic, Toshiba and Microsoft, which appeared for the first time.


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