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Samsung launches Galaxy S4 Crystal Edition in Thailand

Galaxy S4 Crystal Edition

Galaxy S4 Crystal EditionThe Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most popular flagships of the year. But with the arrival of several other flagships in the market today, the smartphone has taken a back seat on our minds. And to breath a new life to the smartphone, Samsung has decided to launch a new variant called the Crystal Edition. This variant is currently available in Thailand but there’s no info on whether Samsung will launch it elsewhere. The Galaxy S4 Crystal Edition has Swarovski crystals embedded on the back in a stylish fashion and will probably appeal to women going by the design and the pattern.

The smartphone costs 20,300 Thai Baht in the region which is close to $630. Not a lot expensive from the standard Galaxy S4, but we’re not sure if the customers will accept the whole idea of paying extra for a few crystals on the back with no upgrades inside. Although Samsung hasn’t confirmed it yet, we can expect other regions of the world to get it soon.

Source: Samsung Thailand

Via: GSM Arena

MediaTek Enters Tablet Market With Entry-Level And Mid-Range Smartphones

MediaTek Inc., a Taiwan-based electronics company known for making wireless chipsets, has announced its decision to join the smartphone competition. According to the company, the time is right for them to enter the market, especially since smartphone prices are going downhill, and there is fiercer competition in the brand-handset market. In Southeast Asia alone, the chipset market is predicted to be heading for a 400 percent growth in terms of sales.

MediaTek’s decision will help make locally-based smartphone makers in producing more competitive products in the increasing race to create mobile devices that strike a balance between the functions they offer and the prices they demand. Furthermore, it will aid the second phase of the Thai government’s One Tablet per Child program.

In the past, MediaTek used to focus on manufacturing mobile phone chipsets for feature phones. In fact, the company is an important part of the global supply chain, producing chipsets for 550 million cellular phones for different parts of the world. Apart from feature phones, however, MediaTek’s products may be found in high definition televisions, DVD and Blu-Ray devices, as well as optical storage. According to its website, it is “one of the 10 largest IC design companies in the world, and no.1 in Asia.” Last year, the company earned a revenue of $3 billion.

Now, MediaTek’s objective shifts to entering the smartphone market with MediaTek-branded smartphones that will aim for the entry-level and mid-range market segments. The company will sell such phones for prices under US$200.

This year, MediaTek hopes to hit 95 million smartphone chipsets in sales, which would effectively secure their position as the world’s third-largest smartphone chipset manufacturer.

For starters, the company has unveiled the MediaTek MT6577, a low-end to mid-range Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone with a dual-core 1GHz processor.

MediaTek likewise teamed up with Samart I-Mobile in making a chipset for “the world’s first dual core processor featuring analogue TV.”

via bangkokpost

Nvidia Q4 Revenue Hurt By Disk Drive Shortage

Nvidia, makers of the Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 processors found in dual core and quad-core processor toting Androids, has lowered it’s expectation for fourth quarter sales.  Nvidia will report their Q4 earnings after the markets close on February 15th.

Nvidia is feeling the pinch that other chip manufacturers are feeling after major flooding in Thailand halted production of disk drives in the second half of 2011. The disk drive shortage slowed computer sales and with less computer sales came less orders for chips for the Santa Clara based chip manufacturer.

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