“Disruptive”. Investor-pleasing rhetoric with little substance?

In an interview with the Financial Times this week, HTC CEO Peter Chou talked of the company launching a tablet in the near future. He stated that the product would be disruptive. Disruptive. What a nebulous statement that has become. I’m sure it resonates well among the investment community keen to see HTC’s fortunes reenergized, but for folks within the technology space it’s difficult to see the form in which HTC’s tablet disruption will manifest. Industrial Design: HTC has some pedigree here. The HTC One smartphone is a beautiful piece of industrial design, milled from a single block of aluminium, … Continue reading “Disruptive”. Investor-pleasing rhetoric with little substance?

Average Selling Price of mobile devices

I’ve frequently commented about the impact of handset subsidies on the mobile operator community. It got me thinking about the expectancy of consumers for low cost smartphones and the real price paid for the device by the mobile operator. It side-tracked me a little and I spent the best part of the day trawling through handset manufacturer annual reports and quarterly statements to record what they call ‘Average Selling Price’ (ASP). This is the unit price of a device as charged to the mobile operators / distributors etc. It turned out to be a useful exercise. Other than paying thousands … Continue reading Average Selling Price of mobile devices