Red Rice sells out again
Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Corp’s (小米) Red Rice smartphones saw sizzling hot sales in Taiwan again on Monday, with 20,000 units sold out within a minute. In the fourth round of bulk online sales in Taiwan since its debut last year, the phone took only 54 seconds to sell out this time. A total of 48,000 units have been sold in Taiwan, according to the company. The low-cost model costs just NT$3,999 (US$135) in Taiwan, despite robust specifications that include a 1.5GHz quad-core processor from Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc (聯發科), a 4.7-inch screen with a pixel density of 312 pixels per inch and an 8-megapixel camera. In December, it took just 9 minutes and 50 seconds to sell all 10,000 smartphones on offer.
Asustek No. 2 in Japan
Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) was ranked as the second-largest PC vendor in Japan last year, thanks to its tablet sales, according to data from the Tokyo-based research firm BCN Inc. BCN, which tracks retail sales of consumer items in Japan, found that Asustek held a 16.1 percent share of Japan’s PC market last year — including notebooks, desktops and tablets — second only to Apple Inc’s 19.1 percent. In third to fifth places were Japanese companies NEC Corp with a 15.9 percent share of the market, Toshiba Corp with 13.2 percent and Fujitsu Ltd with 12.2 percent.