Gigabyte plans a slow and steady 2014 with up to 500,000 smartphone shipments and first wearable devices
According to a report by the DigiTimes, renownedcomputer hardware manufacturer Gigabyte has primed its engines topush up to 500,000 smartphones of its own brand on the market thisyear. The maker will deliver more than ten new Android smartphones,utilizing processors by MediaTek and Qualcomm. Some of them willoffer LTE as well. However, the company's handset business targetsmainly the Asian and European markets, so most of these smartphoneswill end up in those parts of the world.
Compared to the millions of devicesthat most manufacturers target, such a figure is tiny. But thesmartphone business is incredibly saturated and difficult to competein, which makes Taiwan-based Gigabyte's decision seem cautious, butreasonable. As appetite comes with eating, perhaps the nowunpretentious maker will eventually discover the ambition to competeon a larger scale. Although they have kinks to be ironed out, so farGigabyte's GSmartsmartphones have provided decent value for the money.
Additionally, the company is preparingnew handset accessories and companion wearable devices, includingsmart-watches and bracelets. According to Gigabyte Communications, as reported by DigiTimes, they will bemade to match leading international vendors' smartphones, and will besold under the company's own brand.