Gadget mania: Wearable devices the next big thing in ASEAN

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smart watchesNew-generation smartphones and “smartwatches”are the next big thing in the gadget universe in Southeast Asia when they will enter the market in 2014.

Thailand Mobile Expo 2013, the country’s largest mobile exhibition currently held in Bangkok, offers a glimpse of things to come as it, for the first time, features a “wearable device zone”.

Smart wearable wrist devices, especially smartwatches and wristbands, are expected to gain popularity especially in the healthcare industry, where they are used for monitoring health and exercise.

Global research firm Canalys predicts worldwide sales of smartwatches will grow ten-fold to 5 million units in 2014 from 500,000 in 2012 and 330,000 in 2011 thanks to a number of new players in the market including Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Samsung and Sony are already actively promoting their smartwatches in the Thai market.

The new smartphones, equipped with large displays and high-performance cameras, are set to become the new generation of mobile computing device and could replace the currently popular seven-inch tablets.

Nokia recently launched the Lumia 1020 phone with a 41-megapixel camera, followed by Sony’s Z1 with a 20.1-MP camera, the LG G2 with a 5.2-inch display and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 with a 5.7-inch screen plus a 13-MP camera.

Handsets priced above 20,000 baht ($625) and below 4,000 baht ($125) are expected to be major sellers.

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New-generation smartphones and “smartwatches”are the next big thing in the gadget universe in Southeast Asia when they will enter the market in 2014.

Reading Time: 1 minute

smart watchesNew-generation smartphones and “smartwatches”are the next big thing in the gadget universe in Southeast Asia when they will enter the market in 2014.

Thailand Mobile Expo 2013, the country’s largest mobile exhibition currently held in Bangkok, offers a glimpse of things to come as it, for the first time, features a “wearable device zone”.

Smart wearable wrist devices, especially smartwatches and wristbands, are expected to gain popularity especially in the healthcare industry, where they are used for monitoring health and exercise.

Global research firm Canalys predicts worldwide sales of smartwatches will grow ten-fold to 5 million units in 2014 from 500,000 in 2012 and 330,000 in 2011 thanks to a number of new players in the market including Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Samsung and Sony are already actively promoting their smartwatches in the Thai market.

The new smartphones, equipped with large displays and high-performance cameras, are set to become the new generation of mobile computing device and could replace the currently popular seven-inch tablets.

Nokia recently launched the Lumia 1020 phone with a 41-megapixel camera, followed by Sony’s Z1 with a 20.1-MP camera, the LG G2 with a 5.2-inch display and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 with a 5.7-inch screen plus a 13-MP camera.

Handsets priced above 20,000 baht ($625) and below 4,000 baht ($125) are expected to be major sellers.

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