Despite recent technological advancements in mobile devices and consumer trends shifting towards the latest portable products, sales of mobile computers managed to hit nearly 4.9 milllion units in South-East Asia’s six key markets in the first three quarters of this year.
Smartphone ownership continues on its uptrend across South-East Asia, raising total sales in the last 12 months in the seven markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia to a high of nearly 120 million units.
Singaporeans are well known to be avid shoppers and with the proliferation of the Internet and deepening penetration of smart mobile devices, online shopping has become a viable and popular option for many.
According to the January and February 2014 reports from global market research firm GfK, which started tracking retail sales of smartwatches this year, the smartwatch market was already worth around US$345,000 in the first two months of 2014.
Compact system cameras, also known as mirrorless cameras, turned in a positive performance in 2013, garnering 2.6% growth in volume sales over 2012 amidst a downsizing trend in the overall digital still camera (DSC) market in Singapore.
In the last 12 months, demand for laptops and tablets grew to hit combined sales of nearly 14.2 million across six of the region’s key markets – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines – reflecting a 32% growth in volume sales compared to the previous year.
Consumers in South-East Asia continue to snap up mobile handsets at a rapid pace, with the smartphone segment moving at hyperspace speed, according to the latest survey findings from GfK Asia.
The proliferation of social media along with rising popularity for Internet-connected devices has hit another electronic gadget which is seeing surging adoption across South-East Asia, according to market research firm GfK.
In January to September this year, consumers across six key markets in South-East Asia spent over US$4.72 billion on nearly 8.8 million tablets and laptops, reflecting a growth of 12% in value and 26% in volume compared to the same period last year.
In the last 12 month, sales of over 118 million units across the seven key markets in the region—Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines – brought the total worth of the mobile phone sector to more almost US$137 billion, according to the latest results from GfK Asia.