SK Telecom’s Smart Appcessories Launches In the Chinese Market.
SK Telecom has recently announced that it has manage to finalize the contract to supply their Smart Appcessories, which includes Albert, a smart robot, and Smart Beam, a small sized pico projector for all HDMI devices, towards the Chinese market, signlaing the company’s entry into the ICT country.
Smart Appcessory, is a recently new word that see the combination of application and accessory. Appcessory means app-enabled peripheral devices that extends its function of smart devices including smartphone and tablet PCs.
During the Mobile Asia Expo 2014, held in Shanghai on June 12th, SK Telecom had signed a contract to export over 30,000 units of Albet, a smart robot, to JSD, the number one distributor of domestic robots in China.
Pursuant to the contract, SK Telecom shall first supply over 6,000 units of Albert to JSD in 2014, followed by 8,000 units and 16,000 units in 2015 and 2016 consecutively.
JSD at the moment, operation 45 offline stores all over China and the number of stores are expect to exceed around 100 by the end of this year. For Albert, JSD shall secure around 100 dedicated personnel and run demonstration centers.
By mutually interaction with the robot, the user can efficiently learn through five senses and sensibility and multimedia effect of video/audio function making it much more easier to learn and interesting.
Using smartphones as its brain, Albert is easy to control. Also, it provides around 1,000 kinds of diverse contents including English learning content and entertaining functions suitable for children such as robot soccer.
At the signing ceremony, Cao Rui, Managing Director of JSD, said, “Signing this contract, the two companies will introduce the Korea’s leading ICT-applied smart robot to Chinese customers who have high expectations for their children’s education and I believe we can set the stage for infinite growth and ceaseless value creation for customers in China.”
SK Telecom sees this deal as evidence of global competitiveness of Albert in terms of its educational effectiveness and the company plans to focus on creating contents for the global market hoping to create a new ‘Korean ICT Wave’.
Meanwhile, last April, SK Telecom also concluded a contract with WanChang Group, a China-based distributor of IT products, to supply 10,000 units of Smart Beam, an ultra-mini pico projector for smartphones.
Cumulative sales of Smart Beam have reached as many as 80,000 units since its launch in September 2012 and it is also being sold at Korean Air and Asiana Air’s in-flight duty free shop as a premium IT product.
Moreover, as Smart Beam is globally recognized for distinctive competitiveness, SK Telecom exported around 8,000 units to seven different countries including Germany and Japan last year. Earlier this year, the company signed a sales contract with a Brazil’s biggest distributor of mobile devices to provide 5,000 units.
While Smart Beam is to be launched in China from June in line with the sales contract with WanChang Group, SK Telecom is also currently in talks with device distributors of other overseas markets such as Japan, the U.S. and Denmark. The company set its sales target to be 200,000 units for this year alone expecting sales of the product to dramatically grow. For the company, Smart Beam’s entry into China is especially meaningful as the country is a newly emerging ICT consumer market and therefore can further boost global growth of the product.
SK Telecom’s Smart Appcessories including Smart Beam and Albert could draw global attention as a result of the company’s efforts to create new customer value through convergence of smart devices and global expansion of multimedia content consumption with smartphones.
Park Chul-soon, Senior Vice President and Head of Convergence Business Office, said, “Smart Appcessory shows SK Telecom’s commitment to create new economic/industrial value and change customers’ lives by applying convergence technology to different smart devices and the company will maximize business performance of Smart Appcessory in China and other global markets thereby creating a new ‘Korean ICT Wave’.”