Taiwan, China notebook vendors halt notebook sales in Russia, report says
Newswatch - Dec 22, 16:20
Asustek Computer, Acer, Micro-Star International (MSI), Gigabyte Technology and Lenovo have stopped selling their notebooks in Russia as they have been suffering losses due to a free fall of the country's currency, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Worldwide CE market forecast to grow 4.5% in 2014, says Futuresource
Dec 22, 15:35
It has been another difficult year for many CE vendors as convergence takes its toll on dedicated product segments and competition has squeezed profits in key areas like TV. However, worldwide CE sales are still forecast to rise by 4.5% in 2014 to reach US$707 billion (trade value), driven largely...
Apple supply chain preparing for new MacBook Air and Apple Watch
Dec 22, 15:32
Following a pilot production at the end of 2014, Apple's new 12-inch MacBook Air is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. And with the Apple Watch also beginning production at about the same time, Apple's supply chain players...
Thin clients emerge unscathed from the battle with PCs in EMEA, says IDC
Dec 18, 15:41
The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) thin-client market posted single-digit growth in the third quarter of 2014, according to IDC. In 2014, during a transition period of IT upgrades, thin clients were competing directly and intensely with commercial PCs for markets share. Although thin clients...
Microsoft rumored to make head-worn gaming device in 2015
Dec 18, 14:55
Microsoft is rumored to be planning to mass produce a head-worn virtual gaming device in 2015 and is expected to showcase the product at the E3 gaming show in June, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Acer CEO to be future chairman, says Shih
Dec 18, 14:50
Acer founder Stan Shih at a press event on December 17 said that Acer's CEO Jason Chen will become the next chairman of Acer after the current chairman completes his 3-year term. The company is also running a "Shadow Plan" to train management personnel.
Asustek tops Taiwan-based global brands in 2014, says MOEA
Dec 18, 11:48
IT vendor Asustek Computer has been appraised as the most valuable Taiwan-based global brand in 2014 with brand value of US$1.723 billion, increasing by 0.70% on year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
Foxconn IT shopping mall in Taipei to open in March 2015
Dec 17, 23:18
Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry) new IT shopping mall in Taipei, Taiwan has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the air bridge between the building and Guang Hua Digital Plaza, an existing IT shopping mall in the city.
Digitimes Research: Verizon to ship three million own-brand tablets in 2015
Dec 17, 15:47
Several mobile communication industry-related players have achieved strong tablet sales for 2014 and in addition to brand vendors such as Lenovo and Huawei, several telecom carriers are also achieving good results selling own-brand 4G tablets that bundle with their telecom services, according to Digitimes...
Taiwan market: PND market becoming more centralized on few brands
Dec 17, 15:14
The PND device market in Taiwan has become more centralized on four brands, Garmin, Papago, Mio and TomTom, as second-tier and white-box makers have switched to focus on wearable devices and driving recorders which now look to have more potential, according to industry sources.
SSD/HDD hybrid business-use notebooks expected to increase in 2015
Dec 16, 22:03
In view of continual drops in SSD prices, notebook vendors are more willing to adopt SSD/HDD hybrid storage devices for business-use models in 2015, with the proportion of hybrid business-use notebooks expected to increase from about 10% currently to 20%, according to Taiwan-based notebook supply chain...
Apple, Samsung pushing tablets for year-end holiday sales
Dec 16, 14:53
Apple and Samsung Electronics have been offering price cuts for their tablet products for the year-end holidays recently, looking to boost their sales performances for the fourth quarter. Apple will have a chance to sell around 20 million iPads in the fourth quarter, while Samsung's tablet sales may...
Android inspires another bright quarter for MEA tablet market, says IDC
Dec 15, 16:13
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market continued to record strong on-year growth in the third quarter of 2014, spurred by a huge increase in shipments of Android-based devices. The latest figures announced by IDC showed that the market expanded 29.6% in volume terms during the quarter to reach...
MEA PC market braves stormy conditions to record shipment growth, says IDC
Dec 15, 09:59
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PC market posted on-year growth in the third quarter of 2014, spurred in large part by two significant education deals in Pakistan and the revival of the market in Egypt. The latest figures from IDC showed that the market expanded 2.1% in terms of shipments during the...
Taiwan market: Artifacts introduces Romo
Dec 12, 15:22
High-end retail chain Artifacts has introduced Romo, a programmable robot toy that can be controlled via a connection with an iPhone, for sale in the Taiwan market at a retail price of nearly NT$5,000 (US$161) through its seven chain stores and online shopping platform, according to Artifacts Taiwan...
Taiwan notebook ODMs looking to expand medical electronics business
Dec 12, 12:03
In view of stagnant demand for notebooks, Taiwan-based notebook ODMs are turning to focus on strengthening their medical electronics business and are forming relationships with hospitals, clinics and medical service providers and looking for potential partners for joint ventures or mergers, according...
MSI revenues up in November
Stockwatch - Dec 11, 15:48
Micro-Star International (MSI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$7.5 billion (US$240.47 million) for November 2014, representing a 1.14% increase on month and 7.03% increase on year.
AMD expanding into China Internet cafe market
Dec 11, 14:56
AMD hosted i-Cafe Conference in China on December 10, forming partnerships with hardware companies such as Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), Asustek Computer, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Sapphire, as well as China's Internet cafe players to expand into China's Internet cafe ma...
Intel, AMD pushing new tablet lineups despite weakening demand
Dec 11, 14:51
Although demand for tablets has weakened with shipments expected to see an around 10% growth in 2014 and a flat performance in 2015, Intel and AMD are still aggressively preparing their new tablet products for 2015, looking to take as much share as possible of a market estimated at about the 200 million...
Synnex Technology sees decreased November revenues
Dec 11, 11:36
Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$26 billion (US$846 million) for November, decreasing 4.1% sequentially and 17.5% on year.
Acer sees slight on-month growth in November revenues
Dec 10, 21:41
Acer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$28.49 billion (US$912.92 million) for November, up 0.94% on month, but down 7.33% on year, and combined consolidated revenues for the first 11 months of 2014 of NT$300.86 billion, down 9.33% on year.
Smart connected devices continued to grow in Western Europe in 3Q14, says IDC
Dec 10, 21:35
The smart connected device market posted another quarter of growth in Western Europe, driven mainly by increased demand for personal computers. According to figures published by IDC, PC, tablet, and smartphone shipments totaled 60.1 million units, with volume 8.6% higher compared with the same quarter...
Wistron, Quanta, Inventec to enhance software R&D capability
Dec 10, 15:15
Notebook ODM Wistron will set up a software R&D center with 200 engineers initially in southern Taiwan, while fellow maker Quanta Computer will expand software R&D manpower to support production of data center servers to compete for orders for setting up private or private/public hybrid cloud...
Taiwan market: Acer, Asustek see strong sales at IT Month
Dec 9, 15:54
PC sales in the Taiwan markert are expected to see sequential growth in the fourth quarter as both Acer and Asustek Computer achieved around 30% on-year growth from sales at the just concluded IT Month 2014 consumer trading show in Taipei.
Asustek November revenues buoyed by smartphone demand
Dec 9, 15:38
Asustek Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$48.95 billion (US$1.57 billion) for November, up 5.1% on month, but down slightly by 0.72% on year, and combined consolidated revenues for the first 11 months of 2014 reached NT$435 billion, up 2.73% on year.
Taiwan market: Samsung launches MILC Smart Camera NX1
Dec 8, 21:32
Samsung Electronics on December 8 unveiled its Smart Camera NX1, a flagship MILC (mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera), for immediate launch in the Taiwan market at a recommended retail price of NT$85,990 (US$2,774) for a camera body plus a 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens and a price of NT$48,990 for...
ECS revenues up on month in November
Stockwatch - Dec 8, 16:04
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.93 billion (US$158.06 million) for November 2014, representing a 57.52% increase on month and 15.43% drop on year.
Acer wins order for Iconia W511 by Tasmania Police
Dec 5, 14:16
Acer has announced its Iconia W511, a Windows 8 tablet, has been ordered by the Department of Police & Emergency Management, Tasmania State, Australia, for use by more than 1,000 police officers to replace 1,000 existing desktops.
Digitimes Research: China makers increasing influence in Chromebook market
Dec 5, 10:35
Following China-based chip maker Rockchip entering the supply chain for Chromebooks, additional China-based makers including Bitland and BYD are expected to further their presence in Chromebook supply chain in 2015 in order to meet upcoming demand from vendors as they expand their lineups, according...
Asustek expects to achieve 2015 shipment goals despite pessimistic outlook
Dec 4, 15:29
Despite many research firms having estimated that global tablet and smartphone shipment growths will dramatically weaken in 2015 and Apple, Samsung Electronics and Asustek Computer are unlikely to be able to achieve shipment performances similar to those in the past few years, Asustek is still confident...
Asustek aims at 3rd-largest global notebook market share in 2015
Dec 3, 14:46
Asustek Computer aims to ship at least 22.1 million notebooks to have the third-largest global market share in 2015, with more than 30% of the shipments to be low-cost Transformer Book T100, T200, EeeBook-series and Chromebook models, according to supply chain makers, adding that ODM Quanta Computer...
Asustek catching up quickly with MSI in gaming notebook business
Dec 2, 14:32
Asustek Computer's good brand recognition in the high-end PC segment and price cut strategy, has reportedly helped the company to surpass Micro-Star International (MSI) in gaming notebook shipments in Taiwan and is trailing closely behind MSI in China, Europe, North America and Southeast Asia, according...
Touchscreen clamshell notebooks to be phased out of the market
Dec 1, 15:32
Despite Microsoft and Intel aggressively promoting clamshell-type touchscreen notebooks, orders for such devices from vendors have already disappeared completely, and after existing inventories in the channel are cleared, this type of notebook will be phased out of the industry, according to sources...