HTC to release new VR games, accessories to promote Vive
Jan 19, 15:41
HTC will release new VR games at the Taipei Game Show 2017 and plans to launch new accessories, including the HTC Vive Tracker and a wireless VR headphone, in the second quarter to promote sales of its Vive VR devices.
Apple reportedly planning 3 new tablets for 2017
Jan 19, 11:56
Apple reportedly is planning three new tablets for 2017, a 9.7-inch iPad with a friendly price range, a 10.5-inch iPad, and an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The products are still in planning, with the 9.7-inch model expected to enter mass production in the first quarter, and the other two in the second,...
Xiaomi to launch notebook with magnesium-lithium chassis in 2017
Jan 19, 11:53
Xiaomi Technology will launch a notebook featuring a chassis made of magnesium-lithium alloy in 2017. The chassis will be exclusively produced by a China-based joint-venture established by Taiwan-based thermal management solution provider TaiSol Electronics and Japan-based ShinSho. Inventec will undertake...
MacBook shipments to reach 15 million units in 2017, says paper
Newswatch - Jan 17, 15:32
Apple's MacBook shipments are expected to grow 10% on year to reach 15 million units in 2017 due to new MacBook Pro products. Related supply chain players including Quanta Computer, Shin Zu Shing (SZS), Auras and Wistron are expected to benefit from increased orders, according to a Chinese-language...
Acer, Asustek see notebook sales rising in Russia, says paper
Newswatch - Jan 17, 14:49
Acer and Asustek Computer saw their notebook sales in Russia grow strongly in the second half of 2016 thanks to an economic recovery triggered by rising oil prices, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
ASRock reportedly to take over Pegatron system integrator orders
Jan 17, 13:58
Pegatron Technology has been re-organizing its business groups since the second half of 2016 and has recently decided to gradually shift the group that handles small-to-medium-size motherboard and graphics card design, manufacturing and services for its system integrator clients to its subsidiary ASRock...
Smartphone vendors likely to brace for component shortages in 2017
Jan 16, 11:38
The risk for the global handset industry to brace for a shortage in supplies of some key components, including displays, memory products and optical sensing devices, in 2017 is rising due to strong demand from China-based smartphone vendors, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chains.
BYD wins price negotiation priority for 2017 Asustek notebooks
Jan 13, 11:31
Asustek Computer for the first time adopted online bidding for requests for quotations (RFQ) for notebooks to be launched in 2017, and China-based OEM BYD has won the first right for price negotiation, followed by Taiwan-based Pegatron Technology, Compal Electronics and Quanta Computer, according to...
MSI pushing new gaming products in 2017, says paper
Newswatch - Jan 12, 11:30
Micro-Star International (MSI) has released a total of 25 new VR-supported gaming motherboards targeting the mid-range to high-end sector and 21 new VR-ready mid-range to high-end gaming notebooks for early 2017, and is looking to expand its presence in the gaming industry by releasing multiple models...
Quanta sees growth in December revenues; Acer suffers drops
Jan 11, 15:57
Quanta Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$104.97 billion (US$3.28 billion) for December, the company's second highest record with on-month growth of 13.42% and on-year growth of 7.78%. The company's consolidated revenues for 2016 were only NT$894 billion, down 11.25% on year.
Gigabyte reports revenues for December 2016
Stockwatch - Jan 10, 15:39
Gigabyte Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.731 billion (US$116.84 million) for December 2016, representing a 18.5% drop on month and 3.04% drop on year.
MSI reports revenues for December 2016
Stockwatch - Jan 10, 15:36
Micro-Star International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$8.419 billion (US$263.65 million) for December 2016, representing a 3.66% drop on month and 9.7% increase on year.
Asustek sees better-than-expected 4Q16 revenue growth
Jan 9, 21:25
Asustek's fourth-quarter revenues reached NT$117.23 billion (US$3.66 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2016, up 9.1% from a quarter ago and better than the company's original expectation thanks to mass shipments of its ZenFone 3 series smartphones. However, the company's revenues are expected to drop...
Acer showcases MR head-mounted device at CES
Jan 9, 11:31
Acer exhibited a MR (mixed reality) head-mounted display device developed through cooperation with Microsoft at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas during January 5-8, according to Acer.
HTC unveils Vive Tracker to expand VR experience
Jan 6, 14:08
HTC has announced a new tracking module, dubbed the Vive Tracker, at the ongoing CES. The Tracker allows developers to turn all kinds of real-world objects into controllers for virtual reality experiences, the company said.
Quanta to make next-generation Apple Watch, says paper
Newswatch - Jan 3, 13:58
Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation Apple Watch in the third quarter and the wearable device will be manufactured by Quanta Computer and features better performance and longer battery life, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report citing market...
Shipments of Surface Studio better than expected in 4Q16, say Taiwan makers
Dec 28, 16:07
Global shipments of Microsoft's top-end Surface Studio all-in-one PC during the fourth quarter were originally estimated at 15,000 units mainly because its prices of US$2,999, US$3,499 and US$4,199 are much higher than other AIO PCs', but actually may reach 30,000 units based on orders, and Microsoft...
Asustek, Gigabyte restructing poorly performing businesses
Dec 27, 14:10
As the mobile device market is no long seeing strong growth, Asustek Computer has been reorganizing its loss-making tablet business since the first half of 2016, while Gigabyte Technology is also planning to adjust operations for some of its poorly-performing subsidiaries such as Gigabyte Communications,...
Foxconn appoints CMO, says report
Newswatch - Dec 26, 10:37
Foxconn Electronics has named Freddie Yuan as the first person to hold the title of chief marketing officer (CMO) for the company, with the appointment becoming effective in December, according to a Taipei-based Central News Agency (CNA) report.
Lenovo to downsize scale in Brazil, says report
Dec 22, 15:54
Lenovo will reduce its scale to decrease overall operating costs in Brazil, mainly through downsizing personnel by 84% from 8,000 employees currently to 800, and reducing total floor area at a factory to be set up in Sao Paulo State, southeastern Brazil, by 50%, according to tech.sino.com.
Robot products may not enjoy demand as expected in 2017, says market watchers
Dec 22, 12:33
Although many vendors have already entered into the robot market and released products aiming for 2017, some market watchers are pessimistic about their demand as these products are not essential to consumers and limitations over their usages and technologies still require more times to be fully con...
Dell leads in Windows Hello biometric security solutions, say Taiwan makers
Dec 21, 16:02
Among vendors of business-use notebooks, tablets and 2-in-1 hybrid models, Dell has leadership in adopting Windows Hello, Microsoft's new biometric security system built into Windows 10 that supports fingerprint, facial or iris recognition solutions matched with a dual-lens camera, and is expected...
AR/VR headsets to grow at 5-year CAGR of 108.3%, says IDC
Dec 19, 11:01
Worldwide augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headset shipments are expected to see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 108.3% over 2015-2020 forecast period, reaching 76 million units by 2020, according to IDC. The more affordable VR devices will continue to lead the market in terms...
China e-sports industry entering golden age, says IDC
Dec 15, 16:15
China's e-sports games revenues are expected to exceed CNY50 billion (US$7.3 billion) for 2016, up more than 50% from 2015 thanks to the increasing popularity of tournaments as more organizers and players jump on the bandwagon, according to IDC 2016 China E-sports Industry Review and Outlook.
TGS 2017 to begin on January 19 with VR spotlight, says paper
Newswatch - Dec 14, 21:55
Taipei Game Show (TGS) 2017 will be hosted from January 19-24, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan and virtual reality (VR) software and hardware are expected to be under the spotlight at the show, while many Taiwan-based game designers will also participate, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times...
India currency reform having mix influence on Taiwan IT players, says paper
Newswatch - Dec 14, 15:22
India's recent currency reform reportedly has made local consumers become less willing to make purchase and has impacted smartphone sales in the country; however, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec, which have plants in India, are only seeing limited impact since their manufacturing in the country...
MSI sees on-month drop in November revenues
Stockwatch - Dec 13, 21:59
Micro-Star International (MSI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$8.74 billion (US$273.59 million) for November 2016, representing a 6.85% drop on month but a 1.66% increase on year.
PC upstream suppliers conservative about Microsoft pushing MR ecosystem
Dec 13, 15:03
Microsoft has recently announced a plan to partner with PC brand vendors including Asustek Computer, Acer, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell and 3Glasses to push an ecosystem for mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) applications in 2017; however, some upstream suppliers are conservative about...
Coretronic ships 4.89 million energy-saving devices in November
Dec 12, 10:18
Coretronic shipped 4.89 million energy-saving devices consisting of backlight units, LCD display modules, lighting modules and touch modules, in November, flat on month, and 52.4 million units in January-November, slipping 22% on year, according to the company.
Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron post mixed November revenues growth
Dec 12, 10:17
EMS provider Foxconn Electronics saw its November consolidated revenues of NT$480.672 billion (US$15.1 billion) increase 1.85% on month but decrease 7.12% on year, while ODM Pegatron had those of NT$125.846 billion, dropping 16.55% on month but growing 3.69% on year, according to the companies.