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Ideal MEGA actual orders are about 4,000 units

New AirPods may have active noise reduction version

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Apple AirTags face class action lawsuit

Hema and RT-Mart refute rumors of being sold to COFCO

Li Bin talks about new energy vehicle batteries again

Yu Chengdong: Huawei’s smart car business will be profitable this year

JD.com and BYD reach cooperation

Samsung Galaxy Fit3 smart bracelet Chinese version starts pre-sale

Xiaopeng Motors new product price is 100,000-150,000

Samsung Home Appliances New Product Launch: AI for All

AWE’s four major TV brands launch new products

Model Y will increase in price in Europe and the United States

PS5 Pro may be released this Christmas season

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Ideal MEGA actual orders are about 4,000 units

"Late Auto" exclusively reported that Li Auto's new product MEGA received orders for nearly 4,000 units within half a month of its release.

It is reported that Ideal’s expected orders for the MEGA within 24 hours of its release were about 3,000 units, but only half of them were ultimately realized. The production capacity of the factory MEGA this month is 5,000 units.

Before the release, Ideal's annual sales forecast for MEGA was 70,000-80,000 units. Currently, internal discussions are underway to lower the target to 50,000-60,000 units, but no specific confirmation has been made. Li Auto's overall sales target this year is 800,000 units.

Lideal MEGA is Li Auto's first pure electric vehicle product. It is an MPV model priced at RMB 559,800. It was officially released on March 1 and will be delivered on March 12. After its release, the car and Ideal CEO Li Xiang’s remarks caused heated discussions on the Internet.

New AirPods may have active noise reduction version

According to Mark Gurman, the new model of AirPods will replace the second and third generation AirPods and come in two versions: "entry" and "mid-range." Both will feature a new design, improved fit, and a USB-C charging compartment. The mid-range version will be equipped with active noise reduction function and "Find My" speaker function in the charging box.

According to reports, Apple’s suppliers are preparing for the release of AirPods and plan to start mass production in May. They will produce 20 million to 25 million earphones, which is more than the production of previous new models. The new AirPods are expected to be released in September or October.

Gurman also mentioned that the new AirPods Pro could be launched as soon as next year. Apple is currently developing camera-equipped AirPods, which may not be available for a few years.

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Apple AirTags face class action lawsuit

Three people recently sued Apple's AirTag devices for helping criminals track victims. Apple seeks to dismiss the lawsuit.

On Friday local time, a judge ruled that the three plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit had "sufficient claims" for AirTag's negligence and product liability.

The complaint states that AirTags, which cost only US$29 (equivalent to approximately RMB 209), have become "the weapon of choice for stalkers and abusers."

Apple argued that it used "industry-first" security measures when designing AirTags, such as alerting possible victims, and therefore it should not be held responsible for misuse of AirTags. But the complaint states that this feature and other security measures are not effective enough.

Hema and RT-Mart refute rumors of being sold to COFCO

On March 16, it was reported that Alibaba had internally confirmed that Hema and RT-Mart would be sold to COFCO Group. Hema is valued at about 20 billion yuan, and RT-Mart is valued at about 10 billion yuan. A framework agreement between the two parties has been drawn up, and Jack Ma made the final decision within Alibaba.

In response to this news, the public relations representatives of Hema and RT-Mart denied it on WeChat Moments the next day. Hema also responded to reporters saying that the sales and prices were false news.

Li Bin talks about new energy vehicle batteries again

At the 2024 China Electric Vehicles 100 Forum on March 16, NIO CEO Li Bin discussed new energy vehicle batteries again.

Li Bin responded to the cooperative research and development plan for long-life batteries announced with NIO at the NIO long-life battery strategic communication meeting held on the 14th of this month. Li Bin mentioned that most new energy vehicle batteries have an 8-year warranty, and after driving hundreds of thousands of kilometers, the battery can only guarantee 70% health. Once it drops below 70%, the safety of new energy vehicles will drop sharply. The service life of most cars is not more than 8 years.

Li Bin pointed out that in the past few years, the range, safety, cost, charging and other issues of new energy vehicles have been improved, but battery life has not become a higher goal in the past eight years.

Li Bin said that if we are not technically prepared for the battery issues of new energy vehicles, it will be a very big burden in the future.

Yu Chengdong: Huawei’s smart car business will be profitable this year

At the 2024 China Electric Vehicle 100 Forum on the 16th, Yu Chengdong, Huawei's managing director and chairman of the automotive solutions BU, said that Huawei's automotive BU is expected to turn a profit this year and can start positive development in April. In the first three months of this year, the smart car selection business has turned a profit.

Yu Chengdong said that Huawei's automotive BU's annual loss was once as high as 10 billion yuan, which has been reduced to a loss of 6 billion yuan last year.

Earlier, Huawei’s smart car Zhijie S7 was delayed in delivery and caused complaints from pre-ordered car owners. Yu Chengdong responded that the Zhijie S7 was mainly due to chip shortages and factory relocation, which delayed its launch and mass production. It is expected to return to normal status starting in April.

JD.com and BYD reach cooperation

On March 16, JD Group and BYD signed a contract at JD headquarters, officially reaching a comprehensive strategic cooperation.

According to reports, the two parties will comprehensively cooperate in the fields of passenger car omni-channel marketing and after-sales service system, commercial vehicle all-scenario cooperation and special scene customization, digital intelligent supply chain services, corporate operation material centralized procurement and comprehensive services:

  • JD Auto will carry out multi-dimensional cooperation with BYD in vehicle sales, corporate cooperation, marketing innovation, user operations, battery maintenance and other aspects.
  • JD Logistics will provide BYD with inventory management, order fulfillment and international logistics services for pre-production parts and after-sales spare parts.
  • JD Industrial will carry out in-depth cooperation with BYD in the field of digital procurement, jointly explore the construction and upgrading of digital procurement systems in the automotive industry, and help enterprises increase procurement efficiency and reduce costs.
New product

Samsung Galaxy Fit3 smart bracelet Chinese version starts pre-sale

On March 16, the Samsung Galaxy Fit3 smart bracelet, which has been released overseas, was officially launched in China.

Galaxy Fit3 will be available in three colors: Ink Black, Cherry Fall Pink, and Galaxy Silver. According to reports, this smart bracelet supports 101 types of motion detection, supports an ultra-long battery life of 13 days on a single charge, and is equipped with a 5ATM/IP68 protection level and can be worn while swimming.

Galaxy Fit3 is priced at 339 yuan in China. It is currently available for pre-sale on JD.com and other platforms, and will be officially launched on March 22.

Xiaopeng Motors new product price is 100,000-150,000

He Xiaopeng, chairman of Xpeng Motors, shared information about Xpeng Motors’ new products on Weibo.

He Xiaopeng said that the new products will target the price range of RMB 100,000 to RMB 150,000 and will focus on smart driving experience.

According to reports, He Xiaopeng revealed at the 2024 China Electric Vehicles 100 Forum that the new product will be launched within a month and will be equipped with Xiaopeng's high-level intelligent driving system and even an unmanned driving system, and can achieve profitability.

Samsung Home Appliances New Product Launch: AI for All

Yesterday, the 2024 Samsung Home Appliances New Product Launch Conference was successfully held, releasing a full range of ecological products such as new MICRO LED, Neo QLED 8K/4K series, OLED series, Lifestyle Art TV and BESPOKE colorful platinum series.

At the press conference, Samsung shared its corporate development vision of "AI for All", which is committed to using AI to allow people to have a more intuitive and convenient device experience than ever before, and showcased a series of products and services that can help achieve this goal. , demonstrating the integration of AI with functions of TV displays, refrigerators, washing machines and other home appliances.

Samsung stated that in the future, Samsung will make full use of the power of AI to promote business innovation, unlock new experiences, and provide consumers with "technology with AI, art, and home" with "technology with warmth."

Model Y will increase in price in Europe and the United States

Tesla announced on March 15 and March 16 respectively that it would increase the price of Model Y cars in the United States and some European countries.

The price of Model Y sold in the United States will increase by US$1,000 starting on April 1, and the price of Model Y in some European countries will increase by 2,000 euros (approximately US$2,177) or the equivalent in local currency starting on March 22.

The Associated Press learned from multiple Tesla stores that China's Model Y is also expected to have a price increase. The specific increase is unknown, but it is expected to be similar to the price increase in North America. Tesla China has not yet made a clear response.

new consumption

PS5 Pro may be released this Christmas season

Sony is reportedly developing a PlayStation 5 Pro that will likely feature a more powerful GPU that is three times faster than the existing PS5 model.

It is reported that a document on Sony's developer portal shows super-resolution technology (PSSR). It is rumored that this technology will use PlayStation's machine learning function to improve the image, and may support 8K resolution improvement.

According to sources, this game console may be released during the Christmas season of 2024.

Panda employees ask for salary via micro-payments

Yesterday, the official Weibo of the cake brand Panda Bugo posted an "Employees Asking for Salary" Weibo, saying that on March 15, Yang Zhenhua, the founder of Panda Buzao, lost contact, thousands of employees have not been paid their wages for three or four months, and social security provident funds have been cut off. As of the time of publication, the boss himself was still out of contact, and the DingTalk company group was suddenly disbanded. He had no choice but to speak out online.

Screenshots posted online show that Yang Zhenhua posted a message saying that his poor decision-making led to the company's capital chain being broken, the company going out of business, and his personal bankruptcy. Individuals are no longer able to repay their debts. It is recommended that shareholders, cooperative suppliers, etc. take legal measures to protect their rights as soon as possible.

Supreme Shanghai store will open on March 23

Supreme's Shanghai store announced that it will officially open on the morning of March 23, and Supreme's official WeChat mini program will also be launched simultaneously.

Supreme officials also put up huge light advertisements in downtown Shanghai to promote the upcoming new store.

good-looking

"Zhou Chu Eliminates Three Evils" box office exceeded 500 million

On March 17, the official Weibo of the movie "Zhou Chu: Three Evils" announced that the cumulative box office of "Zhou Chu: Three Evils" exceeded 500 million.

The movie "Zhou Chu Eliminates Three Evils" directed by Huang Jingfu and starring Ethan Ruan is currently showing in mainland cinemas, with a Douban score of 8.1.

Emma Stone teams up with 'Poor Thing' director for new movie

The new film "Kinds of Kindness" directed by Oscar-nominated director Yorgos Lanthimos has announced that it will be released in North America on June 21. The film will reunite Emma Stone. The two collaborated on "Poor Thing" last year, for which Stone won the Oscar for Best Actress.

The cast of "The Good Kind" will also include Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Zhou, Joe Alwyn, Mamodo Assi, Hunter Schaffer wait.

It is reported that the movie consists of three independent stories, with each actor playing a different role in each story.

The film of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s final concert is expected to be introduced to the Mainland

According to reports, the concert documentary "Ryuichi Sakamoto | Masterpiece" is expected to be introduced to theaters in mainland China, and the trailer released with Chinese subtitles indicates that it will be "released soon."

This film records the last piano recital performance of musician Ryuichi Sakamoto before his lifetime, and was directed by Sakamoto Ryuichi's son Sora Ono.

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