Tablet PCs received the most number of buyer inquiries among all consumer electronics, computer, and telecom products on the Global Sources website in June 2012. The category accounted for 43 percent
Hot product: Tablet PCs most searched electronics on Global Sources for 10 months
in a row
Buyer inquiries for tablet PCs remain high; demand for iPhone accessories growing
as iPhone 5 launch nears.
Tablet PCs received the most number of buyer inquiries among all consumer
electronics, computer, and telecom products on the Global Sources website in June
2012. The category accounted for 43 percent of total inquiries received by the top
Driven by new releases from industry giants such as Apple, Samsung, Amazon and
Microsoft, inquiries for tablet PCs have soared 97 percent from the same month a
year ago. Most searches focused on less-expensive China-made white-box tablets
priced about $200.
And although June 2012 figures dropped 23 percent from the previous month, the
line remains red hot, consistently receiving the biggest number of inquiries for the
past 10 months.
China suppliers are expected to turn out 40 million tablet PCs this year, with 30
million units shipped abroad.
USB flash drives placed second in June, with inquiries jumping 25 percent from May.
Novelty designs and USB 3.0 are the current trends in the line, with China makers
leveraging their strength in aesthetics and OEM capability to capture a significant
share of orders.
Hard drives are the standout, with inquiries surging more than 600 percent YoY.
Buyers turned to China to fulfill sourcing requirements as production in Thailand,
the world’s key hub for hard drives, practically ground into a halt in October 2011
after months of pervasive flooding.
Anticipation for the iPhone 5 is spurring searches for related products on the Global
Sources website such as accessories for the iPhone, mobile phone cases and
chargers, and power banks. Inquiries for the first soared 78 percent month-on-
month in June. Leather cases for the iPad, wired headphones and microSD cards are
also highly in demand among international volume buyers.
Read the full report on Global Sources top 20 electronics products: June 2012.
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