Henry Ford is supposed to have claimed he would give away cars for $0 if he could charge what he wanted for parts. Well, the smartphone is the new car.“Taiwan-based handset component makers indicated that they have received increasing orders for accessories used in smartphones and/or tablets from overseas designers and/or trading firms, with Bluetooth keyboards, Bluetooth speakers, NFC (near field communication) devices and wireless power charging devices taking the largest portion.”
SeeTaiwan makers see booming orders for smartphone tablet accessories
The commentators here, blinded by the light of Wintel, who have been claiming small cheap computers are a “race to the bottom”, just an accessory to a legacy PC and unprofitable are plainly wrong. Smartphones are the new car or PC to many and people will pay for accessories. I’ve seen around here everything from cases and screen-protectors to external storage and apparently Bluetooth keyboards are popular. Margins have been tight with smartphones but manufacturers can make that up with accessories and services. Who needs an expensive, large, noisy, hot and fragile legacy PC when one can have a sleek sexy smartphone and have it all?
Further, smartphones are still growing rapidly in shipments/sales. IDC reports China had 117% per annum growth for Q1… If the smartphone is the new PC it’s taking over a lot faster than the legacy PC did. Small cheap computers rock.