Eye on the East
The first wave of lower-priced Chinese-made LCD and plasma HDTVs could hit U.S. retailers sometime early next year, along with a new supply of discounted DVD players and recorders, flash-based MP3 players and stereo-ready Bluetooth products, many bearing unknown brand names.
These products, along with a slew of small and personal appliances and home security products, dominated the small booths at last month's packed Hong Kong Electronics Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Many of the 2,000-plus fair exhibitors from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China, as well as a sprinkling from Japan and Korea, displayed a broader assortment of flat-screen HD and ED TVs than ever before. The fair hosted nearly 30,000 international buyers from October 13 to 16. Sharing space with the Electronics Fair was Electronic Asia, a component parts exhibition that added more than 550 booths to an already crowded convention center.