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Apple beats Microsoft at their own game while Amazon primes the low end of tablet market, says IDC

Apr 29, 16:09

First-quarter seasonality combined with an overall disinterested customer base led to an annual decline of 14.7% in worldwide tablet shipments during the first quarter of 2016. Worldwide shipments of tablets (including slate and detachable form factors) reached 39.6 million, according to preliminary...

Acer Asia Pacific head eyes break-even operation in 2Q16

Apr 29, 16:06

Acer Pan Asia Pacific president Andrew Hou has pointed out that the company still saw losses in the first quarter in Asia Pacific and is looking to achieve a break-even operation in the second quarter.

Coretronic expects 2Q16 projector shipments to grow over 20%

Apr 29, 14:59

Coretronic shipped 243,000 DLP projectors in the first quarter of 2016 and expects to ship 95,000-105,000 units a month in the second quarter with quarterly growth of more than 20%, the company said at an April 28 investors conference.

Foxconn promoting Sharp products internally

Apr 28, 13:01

Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry) employees have recently established a team to display and promote Sharp's white goods such as dehumidifiers, air purifiers and refrigerators at Foxconn's plants, hoping to attract employees to purchase Sharp's products and help boost their sales in...

Taiwan market: Canon launches new flagship DSLR

Apr 28, 12:56

Canon has launched its latest flagship DSLR camera, the EOS-1D X Mark II in Taiwan. Canon has also upgraded Taiwan consumers' equipment protection plan.

Canon ESO-1D X Mark II

Asustek denies plans to split company businesses

Apr 28, 12:53

Asustek Computer has refuted a rumor that the company is considering separating its Open Platform business group, which includes motherboard, graphics card, monitor and peripheral product lines, and the System business group, which includes PC, smartphone and tablet product lines, to form independent...

Apple sees iPhone shipments drop in fiscal 2Q16

Newswatch - Apr 28, 10:23

Apple has announced that it posted quarterly revenues of US$50.6 billion and quarterly net income of US$10.5 billion, or US$1.90 per diluted share for the fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26. Quarterly iPhone shipments reached 51.1 million units, down 16.5% on year.

High-end smartphone sales decelerating, affecting IC orders

Apr 27, 11:49

Sales of high-end smartphones are decelerating, affecting orders for ICs and other parts and components, according to sources from Taiwan-based IC design houses.

PC, handset supply chain makers conservative about prospects for 2016

Apr 27, 11:15

Makers in the PC and handset supply chains in Taiwan are conservative about a business rebound in the second half of 2016 as well as the overall performance for the entire year amid unfavorable business news from the sectors, including layoffs at Intel and declining iPhone shipments.

HTC to launch accelerator programs to foster development of VR industry

Newswatch - Apr 26, 22:26

HTC has announced plans to inject over US$100 million to carry out a business accelerator program, HTC Vive X, to foster development of the virtual reality (VR) industry.

Cher Wang announcing HTC Vive X accelerator program in Beijing

HTC to hold Vive strategy, ecosystem conference in Beijing

Apr 25, 12:26

HTC will hold a conference on strategy and ecosystem for HTC Vive in the China market in Beijing on April 26. Company chairperson and CEO Cher Wang will host the meeting.

VR hardware to soar past US$2 billion mark in 2016, says IDC

Apr 22, 16:14

Worldwide shipments of virtual reality (VR) hardware will skyrocket in 2016, with total volumes reaching 9.6 million units. Led by key products from Samsung, Sony, HTC, and Oculus, the category should generate hardware revenues of approximately US$2.3 billion in 2016. While VR will drive nearly all...

Acer has no plans to make VR devices, says CEO

Apr 22, 15:55

Commenting on Acer's new Predator series products' support for virtual reality (VR) devices, Acer CEO Jason Chen has pointed out that the company's latest gaming products will be able to connect with the four current major VR platforms: Facebook's Oculus, HTC's Vive, OSVR and StarVR, but Acer has no...

Pegatron reshuffles executive positions

Apr 22, 15:23

Pegatron, in response to vice chairman Ted Hsu's departure to join Asustek Computer as chief strategy office, has decided to reshuffle its executive positions including CEO, COO, CTO and R&D director, with new executives to come into office on July 1, 2016, according to the company.

Acer unveils gaming notebooks, 2-in-1s, Chromebooks in New York

Apr 22, 14:30

Acer unveiled new gaming notebooks, 2-in-1 models and Chromebooks in New York on April 21 to specifically meet expected back-to-school demand in the third quarter of 2016.

Asustek new CSO expected to initially focus on enhancing competition with Gigabyte, MSI

Apr 22, 12:03

Vice chairman Ted Hsu for ODM Pegatron will return to Asustek Computer as chief strategy officer (CSO) and is expected to strengthen competition initially with Gigabyte Technology for motherboards and Micro-Star International (MSI) for gaming notebooks, Asustek's largest competitors in these sectors,...

Ted Hsu, Asustek new CSO

Asustek chairman refutes rumor about feeling tired about his work

Apr 21, 15:53

Asustek chairman Jonney Shih has responded to market speculation the he has invited Pegatron Technology vice chairman Ted Hsu to become Asustek's chief strategy officer in preparation to eventually have Hsu succeeded to the chairman position, is because Shih feels tired about his work. Shih said he...

Jonney Shih, Asustek chairman

LeTV unveils LeSEE electric vehicle

Apr 21, 14:47

China-based LeTV has hosted a new product launch conference, showcasing its latest smartphones and LCD TVs. At the show, LeTV also showcased its LeSEE electric vehicle for the first time.

Vendors to release 2-in-1s with stylus in 3Q16

Apr 21, 14:45

Rising demand for 2-in-1 devices has increased the adoption of stylus support by brand vendors. In addition to Microsoft and Apple, Huawei, Acer, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell and Asustek Computer are also planning to release 2-in-1 devices with a stylus for the third quarter.

China white-box players eye VR, robot business opportunities

Apr 21, 14:08

With virtual reality (VR) becoming a hot topic in the IT industry, China-based white-box players have been aggressively releasing inexpensive head-worn VR devices and home-care robots, and even formed a supply chain ecosystem specifically for VR products. Currently, the retail channel in Shenzhen is...

Digitimes Research: Shipments of Oculus Rift CV1 delayed on shortage of lenses

Apr 21, 10:51

Shipments of Oculus' first virtual reality (VR) device, the Rift CV1, will be delayed to August due to a shortage of parts. While Oculus is reluctant to reveal which components are in short supply, Digitimes Research's sources indicate that there is a shortage of its customized Fresnel lenses.

Acer founder surprised at Asustek leadership change

Apr 20, 16:06

Asustek Computer will have co-founder Ted Hsu, currently vice chairman for ODM Pegatron, return to become chief strategy officer, triggering speculation that Asustek chairman Jonney Shih is going to retire and let Hsu succeed him. In response, Acer founder Stan Shih said that corporate management changes...

Stan Shih, Acer founder

Digitimes Research: AMD discrete GPU market share expected to rise

Apr 20, 16:02

SoC-based graphics cards were the most widely adopted GPU product in 2015 with a market share over 70%. CPU with integrated GPU was the second-largest GPU products, but its market share has been dropping every year because of the PC market's weakening demand. Shipments of discrete graphics cards have...

AMD plans release of Polaris GPUs, Zen CPUs to boost sales in 2H16

Apr 20, 15:02

AMD has a chance to see a strong rebound in sales in the second half of 2016 thanks to the release of its Polaris-based GPUs in the third quarter and Zen-series x86 CPUs in the fourth, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Over 100 China makers rushing into VR device market

Apr 20, 14:01

More than 100 companies in China have stepped into the development of virtual reality (VR) devices, focusing on entry-level products initially, according to trade sources.

EMEA PC shipments declined 10% in 1Q16, says Gartner

Apr 19, 21:49

PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) totaled 19.5 million units in the first quarter of 2016, a 10% decline from the first quarter of 2015, according to preliminary results by Gartner.

Toshiba reportedly to sell notebook factory in China

Apr 19, 21:10

Toshiba will reportedly sell its notebook factory in Hangzhou, eastern China, and has inquired about a few Taiwan-based notebook ODMs' interest, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Dell launches enterprise notebook with ultra-thin bezel design

Apr 19, 15:28

Dell has launched its new enterprise notebook, the Latitude 13 7000, featuring a 13-inch display with an ultra-thin 7mm bezel making the overall chassis as small as a typical 12-inch notebook, in Taiwan. The notebook adopts a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic chassis to enhance the bezel's sturdiness.

Asustek notebook orders for BYD still low

Apr 19, 12:36

Asustek Computer is ready to launch its new notebooks soon with Pegatron Technology remaining its major supplier, followed by Quanta Computer, Wistron, BYD and Compal Electronics. However, the order volume to China-based BYD is still small due to its unsatisfactory manufacturing performance, according...

Pegatron vice chairman Ted Hsu reportedly to become Asustek chairman

Apr 19, 11:55

Asustek Computer chairman Jonney Shih reportedly plans to resign from his position and will let Pegatron Technology's vice chairman Ted Hsu succeed him. Asustek confirmed that Hsu will return to become the company's strategy officer and will also join the board of directors, but Asustek and Pegatron...

IDF Shenzhen 2016: Intel promotes 2-in-1 products from newcomers

Apr 15, 11:46

At Intel Developer Forum (IDF) Shenzhen 2016, several brand vendors including Huawei, TCL, Samsung Electronics and India-based Micromax, have showcased their latest 2-in-1 devices. Sources from the upstream supply chain believe that the competition in the 2-in-1 device market will grow fiercer in 2016...

Mobile products, IoT, VR and robots spotlighted at Hong Kong Electronics Fair

Apr 14, 15:53

Hong Kong Electronics Fair Spring Edition is being hosted from April 13-16 and products such as smartphones, tablets, wearables, peripherals, IoT applications, robots and virtual reality are the focuses of the show.

Foxconn to acquire TeleEye

Apr 14, 14:48

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is planning to invest HK$240 million (US$30.95 million) to acquire a 50.07% stake in Hong Kong-based TeleEye Holdings for HK$0.55 per share via a subsidiary. Foxconn said it will start the acquisition after receiving approval from Hong Kong's Securities...

Foxconn to acquire TeleEye

Pegatron sees increased March revenues

Stockwatch - Apr 13, 11:11

ODM Pegatron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$89.369 billion (US$2.72 billion) for March, increasing 35.98% on month and 2.81% on year, and those of NT$256.520 billion for January-March slipped 37.79% on quarter and 6.47% on year.

Acer reports on-year decline in March revenues

Stockwatch - Apr 12, 16:01

Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$24.264 billion (US$749.31 million) for March 2016, representing a 50.01% increase on month and 1.94% drop on year.

PC shipment decline continues in 1Q16, says IDC

Apr 12, 16:01

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 60.6 million units in the first quarter of 2016, an on-year decline of 11.5%, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Shipments were in line with conservative expectations for a decline of 11.3%, and anticipated a relatively weak environment during the first...

HTC partners with Microsoft and GameStop to establish experience centers

Apr 12, 15:35

HTC has been seeking partnerships for its Vive virtual reality device and in addition to cooperation with car vendors Audi and BMW, HTC has also partnered with Microsoft and GameStop to establish experience centers in the US and Canada for the device.

Quanta sees strong growth in March notebook shipments

Apr 12, 11:52

Quanta Computer's notebook shipments grew by 65% on month to reach 3.8 million units in March. Although Quanta expects its second-quarter shipments to see sequential growth, it is not able to predict the extent of growth due to low order visibility.

Synnex Technology reports on-year revenue drop in March

Stockwatch - Apr 11, 21:30

Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$28.89 billion (US$890.21 million) for March 2016, representing a 42.99% increase on month and 14.71% drop on year.

MSI sees revenue growth in March

Stockwatch - Apr 11, 21:25

Micro-Star International (MSI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$8.21 billion (US$252.98 million) for March 2016, representing a 20.96% increase on month and 20.23% increase on year.

Gigabyte reports revenues for March 2016

Stockwatch - Apr 11, 21:24

Gigabyte Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.87 billion (US$150.06 million) for March 2016, representing a 46.86% increase on month and 26.6% increase on year.

Compal, Inventec, Wistron see notebook shipments grow in March

Apr 11, 15:05

Notebook ODMs Compal Electronics, Inventec and Wistron have seen their March notebook shipments grow from February as their clients had been pushing their shipments before the first quarter ended.

Asustek reports increased March revenues

Apr 11, 12:53

IT vendor Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$48.57 billion (US$1.48 billion) for March, rising 37.23% on month and 15.30% on year. Its January-March consolidated revenues totaled NT$119.254 billion, falling 10.11% sequentially but growing 6.58% on year.

Acer China eyes enterprise business opportunities, says paper

Newswatch - Apr 8, 14:57

Acer China is turning to focus on the enterprise sector as demand for PCs in China continues to weaken, according to Acer China president Song Jinghua (transliterated from Chinese). He pointed out that Acer will push its Shared Resource Computing (SRC) terminal VDI solution to expand in China's enterprise...

Vendors see stable demand for enterprise notebooks thanks to Windows 10

Apr 6, 16:01

Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have seen their clients from the enterprise sector aggressively pulling in orders recently, but orders from the consumer sector remain weak, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Quanta reports decreased profits for 2015

Newswatch - Apr 6, 11:11

Quanta Computer has reported that its net profits declined 5.6% on year to NT$17.827 billion (US$538.91 million) for 2015, the lowest level in nine years. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$4.62 for 2015.

Compal aims to hike 2016 revenue proportion for non-notebook products to 30%

Apr 1, 15:36

Compal Electronics aims to increase the revenue proportion for non-notebook product lines in 2016 to 30%, according to the company.

Acer debuts Chromebook 14

Mar 31, 22:21

Acer has expanded its line of Chromebooks with the Acer Chromebook 14 with a battery life of up to 14 hours. In addition, the device is equipped with a 14-inch display and an all-aluminum chassis. The device targets students and businesses.

Acer Chromebook 14

Winbond, C-Media enter Oculus supply chain, says report

Newswatch - Mar 31, 22:15

Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics and C-Media Electronics have both entered the supply chain of virtual reality device vendor Oculus, according to a report from Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA).

Competition to grow fierce in June for 2-in-1 devices

Mar 31, 14:35

As first-tier brand vendors are ready to release new 2-in-1 devices around June and newcomers such as Huawei, Haier, TCL and Samsung Electronics have launched own-brand 2-in-1s, sources from the upstream supply chain expect competition to become fierce in the month.

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