Taipei COMPUTEX: 'A good indication' of tech outlook, says Barclays
Central News Agency
2014-06-01 09:18 PM
Taipei, June 1 (CNA) Computex Taipei, the world's second largest computer trade show scheduled for June 3-7, will feature technology trends that are likely to emerge in the second half of the year, according to British bank Barclays Plc.

Innovative wearable devices, wireless charging and health monitoring devices, and applications associated with the "Internet of Things" can be expected at the show, along with next-generation PCs, notebooks and tablets, Barclays said.

"We expect the show to provide a good indication of the tech demand outlook for the second half of 2014, especially in the back-to-school season," Kirk Yang, Barclays' head of technology hardware research for Asia except Japan, said in a May 29 note to clients.

Among Taiwanese PC manufacturers, Yang said, he is looking for new products from Asustek Computer Inc. and Acer Inc. at the computer trade show.

Asustek's rumored T200 and T300 convertible notebooks are expected to be among its "hero products," following its successful T100 model, he said.

The new models will feature larger display sizes of 12 and 13 inches, fairly good hardware specifications and potentially attractive pricing, Yang added.

He also said he expected Asustek's new low-cost ZenFone smartphone series to penetrate more countries based on its new feature of supporting fast-speed 4G LTE mobile networks.

As for Acer, Yang said the struggling PC maker will focus more this year on its cloud-based storage service, known as Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC), demonstrating its capability to transform from just a notebook brand into a software service vendor.

"However, we believe it will be years before we see a meaningful contribution to profit from this new business (of Acer's)," Yang added.

Asustek is scheduled to host a pre-show press conference Monday, reportedly to debut a new lineup of thin-and-light notebooks, tablets and smartphones.

Acer has no plans to hold any press conferences at Computex Taipei this year, but its chairman, Stan Shih, will deliver a keynote speech titled "Open Cloud-Service Platforms: Welcome to the Age of IoT (Internet of Things)" on June 4 at the Computex Summit Forum.

On May 30, Acer unveiled the specifications and functions of its first wearable device, the Liquid Leap, one month after it was first introduced in New York.

The 1-inch touch-screen smartband with fitness tracking, phone and text message notification, and music control, will be sold together with the 5-inch Acer Liquid Jade smartphone in selected markets from the third quarter of the year, the company said. Both devices are expected to be displayed at Computex Taipei.

The five-day computer trade show will feature 1,700 exhibitors and is expected to draw over 130,000 visitors, including 38,000 international buyers, according to the organizers.

(By Jeffrey Wu)


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