SE Asia consumers snap up tablets to spur 41% increase in volume sales
Media tablets continue to be in strong demand across the Southeast Asia countries of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines in 2014 as consumers bought over 3.6 million of the popular gadget in the first four months of this year. Valued at USD 935 million, 8 per cent and nearly 980,000 more media tablets were sold this year compared to the same timeframe in 2013.
Data from GfK shows that fastest growing markets in the region are Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia, reflecting exponential volume growth of 151, 82 and 82 per cent respectively. With over 1.45 million units sold to generate over USD 252 million, Indonesia reigns as the largest market for media tablets, accounting for 43 per cent of total sales volume in the region.
“Four of the developing countries showed strong double to triple digit growth in media tablet sales volume as consumers are still lapping up this new technology. The market was negatively impacted in Thailand due to the political unrest in the country which has affect consumer spending to some extent, but we expect sales to revert to normalcy once the situation stabilises,” observed Gerard Tan, Account Director for Digital World at GfK.
GfK findings revealed an influx of entry level media tablets costing less than USD 100 in the region. While there were around 84 brands last year, the figure surged to 143 — translating to 70 per cent more players in the competitive market to vie for the consumer dollar. Thailand had the largest number of low cost media tablet brands available at 53, followed by Philippines which reported 39 of such brands.
“Media tablets were able to reach a wider range of consumer groups as prices fell below USD 100 and became much more affordable and attainable to those in the less affluent developing markets. Concurrently, GfK tracking this year revealed average prices of the device falling to USD 278, which is a substantial 25 per cent lower than last year,” commented Mr Tan.
According to GfK reports, growth of media tablets market in Southeast Asia this year was driven by models priced below USD300, which made up more than 3 in every 5 sold (63%)—a considerable development compared to last year’s 38 percent. However, within this segment, those priced between USD200-300 registered the most growth of 366 percent; even higher than the below USD100 segment which saw slightly lesser expansion of 214 percent.
In the biggest market of Indonesia, however, media tablets below USD 100 was the growth engine, turning in 68 per cent increase in sales volume or an additional 656,000 units sold in 2014. The country has the heaviest consumers for media tablet in this category with sales totalling 1.45 million.
“As penetration levels are still relatively low in Southeast Asia, there is still plenty of opportunities for existing and new manufacturers of media tablet to compete for a piece of the pie. With consumers now presented with more options of price ranges for the popular device, the adoption of media tablets in Southeast Asia will continue to see an upward trend for the rest of 2014,” Mr Tan concluded.