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Talk of the Day -- 5 hottest tech items for Chinese New Year
Central News Agency
2014-01-02 11:14 PM
Apple's iPad mini Retina and iPhone 5S, Microsoft's Xbox One with Kinect 2, Lenovo's Yoga tablet, and Nike +FuelBand will be the five top-selling technology devices ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, according to the prediction of one technology hardware analyst. Kirk Yang, a leading analyst at Barclays Capital, said tech that enjoys thriving sales during the Christmas shopping season in Western countries tend to see similar frenzied buying during the Lunar New Year holiday in Chinese-speaking societies. Taiwanese companies in the supply chains for those tech items are also expected to benefit from the coming shopping spree, he said.

Meanwhile, Franklin Templeton Investments said future technological innovations must be able to simultaneously satisfy demands for medical use, social networking and daily consumption. The company forecast that 3D printing technology, cloud-powered wearable devices, devices running on the Internet of Things, and large flexible display installations will be the most popular exhibits at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) to be held in Las Vegas Jan. 7-10. The following are excerpts from a special report in the Monday edition of the Commercial Times on popular tech gifts for the Lunar New Year festival: The iPad mini Retina is expected to emerge as the top selling tech device during the Lunar New Year holiday for the second consecutive year. In addition to its high-resolution Retina display and weight of just 331 grams, the iPad mini has another attraction -- its plentiful storage space. The 128GB version can store a large quantity of data, meeting the needs of movie-lovers. The Xbox One has seen booming sales since its launch, with more than 2 million units sold in its first 15 days on the market. Its biggest attraction lies in its ability to connect with the Kinect 2 control device to offer a new level of interactive functionality. Lenovo's Yoga tablet, meanwhile, outspecs Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX with its battery life of 16 hours. The 10-inch version boasts as much as an 18-hour battery life. The Nike +FuelBand has also emerged as a popular item as it can track how many calories the wearer burns on the way to work, in addition to all the traditional functions of a wristwatch. Lastly, the iPhone 5S is expected to attract iPhone 4S users as their two-year contracts come to an end, given the new device's lighter build, faster features and fingerprint reader. (Jan. 2, 2014) (By Sofia Wu)

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