Comex 2012 is coming end of this month. There will be a lot of anticipation on the likely prices of popular gadgets like laptops, cameras, tablets and mobile devices. I am definitely not forgetting the eager wait for the price of storage to drop. How much storage is enough? 1TB, 2TB or 5TB? Will there ever be a situation where space is enough at all? I am sure the folks from Seagate and Western Digital are lining up their resellers with products to entice their customers.
With the launch of the Microsoft Windows 8 soon, I am sure some of the brands are primed and readied for the upgrade. However, I do feel if the new operating system are launched earlier, consumers will definitely prefer to get their sets complete. Mucking around with installation discs can be painful, regardless how painless Microsoft or any software vendors endeavour to provide for their customers. Of course, I am reflecting on my past experiences installing Windows 3.1 for Workgroup with diskettes (remember those?). I have installed Windows 8 (developer) via USB drive and for the most part, the experience is rather painless and fast. Be it HP, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo or any other brands, I hope they provide the same seamless experience.
On the camera front, we have multiple new entrants but I am not sure if many will make an appearance during Comex 2012. Of course I am referring to the latest Canon EOS M. We have seen a lot of very compact APS-C size sensor cameras and the usual micro four-thirds. The Sony Nex series of camera are enjoying their brand dominance on the compact APS-C market. This is my perception of course. As with their Xperia smartphones, Sony is just flooding the market with many different versions of Nex cameras. Enough to make you not look at any other brands. (again, my perception )
LG just announced that, worldwide, that they have sold 5 million LTE smartphones. Will this be a reflection of the expected trend in Singapore? Will we see more people get over their 3G grievances and get on the 4G LTE network. Afterall, John Chan from CNET already proved that you can get very close to promised 4G LTE speeds (with some provisions). It will be interesting to see the shopping patterns for the smartphone market. Otherwise, with the new iPhone from Apple expected to be launched in September this year, I expect some consumers will be holding their wallets back. If the new iPhone unveil disappointing results, these consumers will hop on the Korean wave, Samsung or LG.
Big brands and big products aside, I expect that the small consumer goods and gadgets will enjoy the bulk of attractions and sales. There will be the usual candidates of printers & projectors from Sharp, Epson et al. Of course, this is my perception and you do not have to take my word for it. I expect consumers will be looking at squeezing performance out of their slightly ageing computers by adding memory and solid state drives. Some will make the jump to the 802.11ac super high speed wireless routers. Comex 2012 will be full of promises, most will be delivered. Remember to ask for more freebies when you do make your big purchases yeah? =)
30 AUG – 2 SEP 2012
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