Taipei, Friday, September 19, 2014 10:08 (GMT+8)
mostly cloudy
Taipei
33°C
Digitimes Research: MWC 2014 shows new tablet trends
Jim Hsiao, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Thursday 6 March 2014]

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 demonstrated some new trends of the tablet industry: tablets with phone functions are starting to catch attention from brand vendors; some major brand vendors are developing tablets for the niche market, a sign of their concerns over the future tablet market; and China-based brand vendors, apart from Lenovo, are also competitive in the tablet market.

Expecting demand for smart communication devices from emerging markets to surge in 2014, brand vendors also showcased several tablets with phone functions during the show, in addition to their entry-level/mid-range smartphones. Asustek Computer, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Huawei all released their new tablets with phone functions and provided 4G LTE or dual SIM support for differentiation, Digitimes Research found.

For the conventional tablet segment, Samsung Electronics released its new high-end and entry-level devices in January, but other first-tier vendors did not unveil new tablets for the segment at the show. Instead, they focused on strengthening their existing product lines. Asustek is currently placing its focus on the Fonepad line as the Android on Bay Trail platform is still not yet available, while rumors about it receiving new Nexus tablet orders remain rumors.

Lenovo did not release any new entry-level tablets during the show, but unveiled a higher-end Yoga Tablet. Sony turned even more conservative about its tablet strategy after quitting the PC business.

Huawei released 7- and 8-inch tablets with specifications comparable to those from other first-tier vendors during the show. Although Huawei's in-house developed chips (Hisense) are still inferior to those of other major players in terms of compute performance, the player's ambition for the tablet market is obvious.

Realtime news
  • Mid-range handset sales spur HD panel demand

    Displays | 7min ago

  • China market: HTC to launch smartphone Desire 820

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 21:38

  • TSMC starts using electric shuttle buses in Hsinchu Science Park

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:36

  • Spansion inks cross licensing of flash technologies, patents with Winbond Electronics

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:20

  • Digitimes Research: Intel cooperation with Fossil to develop smartwatches will help expand influence in wearables market

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:19

  • TSMC expected to see 20nm revenue proportion rise to 20% in 4Q14

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:19

  • Apple Watch along with other smartwatches will spur a new wave of wearables demand

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:18

  • TSMC confident of keeping global market share of over 80% for 28nm processes in 2015, says CFO

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:17

  • Taiwan TV panel makers see orders surge as China vendors slash TV prices

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:17

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan panel makers plan to further develop on-cell touch panels for large-size applications

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:16

  • Global solar cell demand in 2014 estimated at 40GWp, say Taiwan makers

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:15

  • Foxconn refers labor dispute at Brazil factory to arbitration court

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:15

  • Taiwan market: Digital camera sales value in 2014 estimated at NT$6-7 billion, say retail channels

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:14

  • China market: Leading smartphone vendors beefing up retail, online marketing

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:13

  • Acer becomes candidate supplier for China procurement orders

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:12

  • Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom lowers 300M/100M FTTH price

    Before Going to Press | Sep 18, 20:10

Pause
 | 
View more

Analysis of China's revised domestic semiconductor industry goals

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jul 16, 18:09

Facing a funding shortage for local IC manufacturers, the China State Council in June 2014 published guidelines to strengthen government support for China's semiconductor industry, while stating the short-, mid-, and long-term goals for the related industry supply...

The transition to 4k TV - UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Jun 26, 13:59

Ultra HD TV vendors are facing challenges due to an overall slowdown in the TV industry and are concerned whether relative supply chains can provide compatible Ultra HD content and services. However, trends show that content makers as well as panel and chip makers...

Taiwan LCD monitors – 2Q 2014

TAIWAN FPD | Aug 25, 14:48

Taiwan's monitor shipments grew 10% in the second quarter compared to a low first-quarter base. With panel makers reducing their supply of monitor applications and monitor vendors reluctant to increase their shipments, Taiwan's makers will only see a single-digit...

China smartphone market and industry – 2Q 2014

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Aug 12, 17:41

A delay in the launch schedule for low-cost 4G smartphones resulted in a mere 4.8% increase in second quarter shipments in the China market. However, with telecom operators planning on increasing their subsidies in the second half of the year, demand will be...

Taiwan small- to mid-size LCD panels – 2Q 2014

TAIWAN FPD | Aug 6, 21:18

Taiwan makers' small- to medium-size panel shipments reached 351.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014, up 16.8% sequentially but down 2.8% on year.

MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC
DIGITIMES Marketing Services
DIGITIMES Translation Services
  • 2014 global high brightness LED market, trends and shipment forecast

    For the global LED lighting market, the market size will reach US$25.82 billion in 2014 or a market penetration rate of 23.4%. This is attributable to exponential shipment growth for light bulbs, tubes, and directional lamps.

  • Greater China touch panel shipment forecast through 2015

    This Special Report provides forecasts through 2015 for Greater China touch panel shipments with breakdowns based on technology (glass, film, resistive), application (smartphone, NB and tablet) and by firm.

  • 2014 global tablet demand forecast

    This report analyzes the main players, their strategies and shipments forecasts for 2014, as well as other factors contributing to either growth or decline in various segments within the tablet market, with a particular focus on Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft, along with whitebox vendors.