Sign up | Log in



PR Today

Home >> Press Release

Lightweight notebooks increasingly sought after in Korea: GfK

Nearly three in every ten purchased in 2013 is an ultrathin model weighing below 2.3 kg

12 February, 2014, SEOUL – Market saturation has brought about the slowing down of demand for matured technological products, one of which is the laptop in recent years. However, a segment within laptop which has been bucking the downtrend and continues to report surging sales is the ultrathin laptops. Defined generally by GfK as laptops weighing less than 2.3 kg and measuring less than 21mm in height; this segment has been steadily gaining share in the laptop market consecutively in the last five years.

Nearly 1.7 million laptops were sold in retail shops in Korea in 2013; around 8 percent less than the previous year. The ultrathin segment only accounted for 17 percent in 2012 but managed to grow its share substantially to reach 29 percent within a year as consumers snapped up some 490,000 units of such laptops in 2013. This reflects a robust 58 percent growth over the previous year.

“The ultrathin version of laptop cost around 20 percent more than the normal type but Koreans do not mind forking out the extra money to buy this compact model, which has been gaining immense popularity in recent years,” said Chang KyungEun, Managing Director of GfK in Korea. “The PC market has started trending down due to maturation of the local market but the ultrathin segment has continued to remain in strong demand and even turned in double-digit growth in volume sales in the past year.”

In spite of the shrinkage of the overall value of the laptop market by 11 percent in 2013, the ultrathin segment drew over USD502 million in sales revenue—USD99 million, or 26 percent more than the year before.

The upward growth trend of ultrathin segment is expected to sustain especially with the intensifying competition among manufacturers. The numbers of models available in the local market has more than doubled in the past 12 months, from 308 in 2012 to 685 in 2013, providing a wider mix of features and designs for consumers to choose from. The average price of the ultrathin segment has corresponding dropped around 18 percent in the span of one year thereby increasing its affordability.

“Whereas tech savvy consumers were previously more interested in a laptop’s features and performance such as CPU Cores and clocking speed, the focus in 2013 has shifted and the market is now into design more than anything else,” noted Chang.

Towards the end of 2013, the 2-in-1 PC, also known as the computing tablet entered the local market; gaining acceptance amongst consumers in the country and managing to garner 5 percent share in the overall mobile PC market.

“The computing tablet has been well-received since its launch and this product is anticipated to have a significant impact on the overall mobile PC market here,” said Chang. “It is likely that the ultrathin segment may face some challenges in the long run, but in the near future, we expect growth to continue on an uptrend,” concluded Chang.  

About GfK

GfK is one of the world’s largest research companies, around 13,000 experts working to discover new insights into the way people live, think and shop, in over 100 markets, every day. GfK is constantly innovating and using the latest technologies and the smartest methodologies to give its clients the clearest understanding of the most important people in the world: their customers. In 2012, GfK’s sales amounted to €1.51 billion.

To find out more, visit or follow GfK on Twitter:

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below

Today's  Stories    February 13, 2014 Subsribe Now !
• Corruption main cause of rice subsidy problems: NIDA survey Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Rice exports slump as prices rise
• Airbus ProSky opens new offices in Singapore
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

• Textiles and Garments Industry
• Coffee industry
• Leather and footwear industry
• Shrimp industry

• Singapore faces threat of early, prolonged haze
• Japanese outflows to Laos up 15%
Asean Analysis                    13 February  2014 Advertise Your Brand
• Asean Analysis-February 13, 2014
Asia-Pacific needs 11,000 aircraft over the next 20 years
Asean Stock Watch    12 February 2014
• Asean Stock Watch-February 12, 2014
The Biweekly Update
• The Biweekly Update  February 7, 2014

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent
• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore • Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline • Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2019 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand