- Published on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:19
Companies are also raising buyer interest via visually appealing designs.
- Enhanced audio: China makers are raising the speaker power output to 60W. Some are integrating hi-fi speakers or class D amplifiers for better sound quality.
- Feature upgrades: Larger LCDs and video playback can be expected in upcoming models, with several capable of supporting a wider range of media formats. Products can charge not only the iPod but also the iPhone and iPad series. To ensure safety, most releases have overcurrent and -voltage, and short-circuit protection. More businesses are pursuing MFI licensing to guarantee compatibility.
- Improved aesthetics: To boost visual appeal, suppliers are exploring nontraditional designs such as round, and toy and animal shapes. They are using multicolor patterns and high-gloss spray oil or paint finish. Companies are likewise adopting quality materials such as metal alloy and solid wood.
- Adding value: Multimedia playback, FM radio, touch buttons and Bluetooth connectivity are the popular add-ons. Built-in HDD, and eSATA and LAN ports can also be incorporated on request.
All Best Technology Ltd
Description: 3.2in LCD; 2x4W speaker power output; stereo alarm clock, radio, charging functions; touch button
Dongguan Songman Technology Co. Ltd
Description: Blue-backlit LCD; 2x3W speaker power output; clock, alarm, FM radio; remote control; for iPod, iPhone
Guoguang Electric Co. Ltd
Model: All In One
Description: 2.1-channel speaker; 2x20W+20W power output; FM radio; 3.5mm earphone jack, Mini-USB port
M&C Electronics Co. Ltd
Description: Audio-out port; remote control; for iPod, iPhone
Shenzhen Fenda Technology Co. Ltd
Description: 14W speaker, 24W subwoofer power output; S-Video, line-in port, 3.5mm jack; for iPod, iPhone; cUL, FCC, RoHS
Shenzhen Modeltime Electronics Co. Ltd
Description: Built-in speaker; touch button, FM radio; USB, auxiliary ports; for iPod, iPhone, iPad; CE, RoHS
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