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Gateway today announced the company is entering the Chinese market with PCs and displays

With the increasing Chinese middle-class, many manufacturers are looking to the country for new and expanding markets for their products. One of the categories of products in high demand in China is electronics such as computers and portable phones.

To try to capture some of this market, Gateway announced availability of its products in China. Today Gateway unveiled new notebook and desktop computers as well as displays for the Chinese market.

Gateway products are now available in PC malls and retail stores across China including the Best Buy store in Shanghai. The PCs Gateway is peddling to Chinese customers include Intel Core 2 Duo processors and the Windows Vista Operating system.

“China is home to some of the world's most savvy computer users and we're confident they will recognize the value Gateway brings to this market,” said Ed Coleman, Gateway's CEO. “We believe Gateway's strong history of quality and innovation, combined with Digital China's outstanding reputation for service and support, will lead to success in the marketplace.”

Even with the Chinese government censoring Internet access, computers and electronics remain big business in the country. Gateway now competes with other computer companies such as LenovoToshiba and others in the Chinese market.

The Chinese computer industry is growing by leaps and bounds; in 1990 85,000 computers were sold in Mainland China. In 1999, 4.7 million computers sold in mainland China, representing a 56% annual growth. Looking at these figures, it’s no wonder computer companies are rushing to enter the Chinese market.

Ironically, many of the computer manufacturers just now entering the retail market in China are actually building their computers in China and sourcing computer components built in China. Computer components are one of China’s biggest exports, in 1999 China exported $3.91 billion in computer components. In the first seven months of 2000 alone China exported $2.77 billion in computer components.

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DailyTech = lazy news
By paydirt on 8/16/2007 10:52:22 PM , Rating: 2
So I guess DailyTech is just a house organ for the major tech companies. Why aren't there interesting tidbits like how much Dell plans to sell those computers for in China.

RE: DailyTech = lazy news
By Gul Westfale on 8/17/2007 12:57:16 AM , Rating: 3
you=lazy reader... they are talking about gateway, not dell.

but anyway, here is the chinese dell page:

click on small business desktops and you can see they start at 4000 yuan.
4000 yuan comes out to about 530 dollars, so they're actually not that cheap.

By DeepBlue1975 on 8/16/2007 9:06:23 PM , Rating: 2

One of the categories of products in high demand in China is electronics such as computers and portable phones.

I guess there "portable computers and phones" would make more sense.

Indeed, you have non portable phones and full blown desktop PCs, but the land line phone market is really pale in comparison with other consumer electronic products' markets.

RE: Mistake??
By DeepBlue1975 on 8/16/2007 9:07:56 PM , Rating: 2
And I point out a supposed mistake by using the quoting tag wrong :(

Yeah, bash me, I would down rate myself on that one, too :D

been a long time
By Gul Westfale on 8/16/2007 7:41:12 PM , Rating: 2
it's been a long time that i haven't heard anything from gateway. they used to have lots of ads in magazines, but in the last 2 years or so it seemed to me like they disappeared.

but then, maybe up here in canada they wanted to focus on their emachines brand, as i see those a lot at big box retailers. maybe a healthy number of sales in china can lead to a gateway revitalisation? we will have to wait and see, i guess.

i have to say that i don't miss them much; i roll my own and the HP/compaq people seem to make decent enough systems... and then there's dell. do we need another maker of nondescript PCs for the mom-and-pop market?

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