Mobile devices, especially those running Microsoft Corp’s latest Windows 8 operating system, are expected to catch the public’s attention at an year-end 3C fair, the event’s organizer said yesterday.
“The IT Month exhibition is not only a market for exhibitors to sell their products, but also an education platform for the public to learn how the latest technologies, including the recently launched Windows 8 operating system, and their applications can make their life more convenient,” Raff Liu (劉瑞復), chairman of the Taipei Computer Association (TCA, 台北市電腦公會), said at a press conference.
The 33rd annual Information Technology (IT) Month is also likely to stimulate a wave of replacement demand for Windows 8-based PC products, the association said.
“We believe the fair may create replacement demand for Windows 8-supported products and we expect sales of the products to increase significantly during IT Month,” Liu said.
Major PC brands, including Acer Inc (宏碁), Asustek Computer Inc (華碩), Gigabyte Technology Corp (技嘉科技), Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想), Sony Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co, Dell Inc and Toshiba Corp are to display their new Window 8-supported products at the fair, while HTC Corp (宏達電), Samsung Electronics Co and LG Electronics Co are to display their Android-powered smartphones.
Other than smartphones, tablet computers and traditional PCs, TVs, digital cameras and GPS devices will also be displayed at the fair, the association said.
The IT Month expo is scheduled to start on Saturday and is to run until Dec. 9 at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 and Hall 3.
The fair, which will feature 350 exhibitors at 1,765 booths, is expected to attract more than 900,000 visitors, the association said.
After the nine-day exhibition in Taipei, the event will travel south, stopping in Greater Taichung from Dec. 14 to Dec. 19, in Greater Kaohsiung from Dec. 28 to Jan. 2 and in Greater Tainan from Jan. 10 to Jan. 15. Admission to the expo is free.