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Wearable devices on show at Mobile Expo

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Enhanced smartphones and wearable devices are generating interest and sales at the Thailand Mobile Expo 2013 which opened yesterday. 

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The newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which was sold with a promotional offer of the Galaxy Gear at half price, or 4,450 baht for the first 660 buyers at the opening of Thailand Mobile Expo 2013, drew large crowds on Thursday. SOMCHAI POOMLARD

Wearable devices make debut

Suchit Leesa-Nguansuk

A new wave of new-generation enhanced smartphones and "smartwatches" looks set to create another exciting battle and more business opportunities in the multi-billion baht handset market.

The large-screen smartphones and wearable wrist devices are set to become the next big things in the handset world next year.

Thailand Mobile Expo 2013, the country's largest mobile exhibition, offers a glimpse of things to come. The four-day event, which started Thursday at the Queen National Sirikit Convention Center, for the first time features a "wearable device zone" .

Opas Cherdpunt, the managing director of M Vision, organiser of the expo, said smart wearable wrist devices, especially smartwatches and wristbands, are expected to gain popularity in the healthcare industry, where they are used for monitoring health and exercise.

The global research firm Canalys predicts global sales of smartwatches will grow ten-fold to 5 million units next year from 500,000 last year and 330,000 in 2011 thanks to a slew of new players in the market including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.

Samsung and Sony are actively promoting their smartwatches in the Thai market.

Smart accessories to add new capability to smartphones or tablets that can help people live a greener lifestyle with greater security are also another highlight product area at this year's expo.

Mr Opas said smartphones equipped with large displays and high-performance cameras will be the new generation of mobile computing device.

Nokia recently launched the Lumia 1020 phone with a 41-megapixel camera, followed by Sony's Z1 with a 20.1-MP camera, the LG G2 with a 5.2-inch display and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 with a 5.7-inch screen plus a 13-MP camera.

"Personally, I believe large-screen smartphones will replace seven-inch tablets in the near future," said Mr Opas.

He said smartphones are expected to be the best-selling products at the expo, as vendors have introduced attractive promotions bundled with mobile tariff packages with operators.

"Sales of handsets look set to be strong despite the economic slowdown and shrinking consumption spending," said Mr Opas.

Handsets priced above 20,000 baht and below 4,000 baht are expected to be major sellers.

Mr Opas said M Vision expects total sales revenue will reach 1.5 billion baht over the four-day event, with over 40 telecommunications-related firms.

The number of visitors is also expected to increase by 15% this year.

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Vocabulary:

-fold: times, e.g., ten-fold (ten times) - เท่า

accessory: an extra piece of equipment that is useful but not essential - ตัวประกอบ, อุปกรณ์

attractive: having features or qualities that make something seem interesting and worth having - น่าดึงดูด

bundle: a number of things that belong, or are sold together - รวมชุด

capability: the ability to do something - ความสามารถ

consumption: using, eating or drinking something - การบริโภค

convention: a large formal meeting of people who do a particular job or have a similar interest, or a large meeting for a political party - การประชุมใหญ่

debut: performing or being introduced to the public for the first time - การเปิดตัว

device: a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร

display: computer screen; the words, pictures, etc. shown on a computer screen - จอภาพของเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์

enhance: to improve the quality, amount or strength of something - ปรับปรุง, ทำให้ดีขึ้น

exhibition: a public show where art or other interesting things are put so that people can go and look at them - นิทรรศการ งานแสดง

featured: included someone or something as an important part - มีบทบาทสำคัญใน

firm: a business or company - บริษัท

generation: a group of people in society, a type of technology, a system, etc. which exists at a certain time - รุ่น

glimpse: to take a quick look - กวาดตามองอย่างรวดเร็ว ดูอย่างคร่าวๆ

global: throughout the world - ทั่วโลก

highlight: the most exciting, impressive, or interesting part of an event - เหตุการณ์สำคัญ, จุดสำคัญ

launch: to start selling a new product or service to the public - เริ่มวางขาย

monitor: keep track of - ตรวจ, ติดตาม, เฝ้าสังเกต

operator: a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ

popularity: a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - ความเป็นที่นิยม, ความเป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

replace: to put a new thing in the place of something old - เลิกใช้และนำสิ่งใหม่มาใช้แทน

research: a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it - การวิจัย

revenue: income from taxes or business activities - รายได้

security: protection; safety from attack, harm, or damage - ความมั่นคง, ระบบรักษาความปลอดภั, ความปลอดภัย

shrink: to become smaller, or to make something smaller - หดตัว, เล็กลง

slew: a large number or amount of something - จำนวนมาก

tariff: a list of fixed prices that are charged by a company for services or a hotel or restaurant for rooms, meals, etc - ราคา

vendors: companies that sell a particular product - กลุ่มผู้ขาย, ผู้ขาย,ผู้จำหน่าย

wave: an activity or situation which is happening again or is being repeated after a pause -

wrist: the part of your body between your hand and your arm - ข้อมือ

zone: an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed - พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต

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