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Oculus reportedly in talks with MSI for VR cooperation

Sep 22, 12:14

Oculus reportedly is also interested in virtual reality (VR) backpack PC products developed by Micro-Star International (MSI), and the two companies are currently in talks for cooperation, according to industry sources.

China market: Asustek launches ZenFone 3, notebooks and 2-in-1s

Sep 21, 16:09

Asustek Computer announced its new notebooks and smartphones including ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Ultra, ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro in China on September 20.

Acer to release VR backpack for 2017, targeting B2B market

Sep 21, 11:48

Acer is planning to launch a virtual reality (VR) backpack for 2017, but instead of the consumer sector, the product will mainly focus on the business to business (B2B) market. The product will sell with the StarVR head-worn VR device, which Acer has partnered with Sweden-based game developer Starbreeze...

Jerry Kao,IT products business division general manager at Acer

Worldwide smartwatch market to swell to 50 million units in 2020, says IDC

Sep 20, 00:47

A year after the launch of the Apple Watch established a new benchmark for the worldwide smartwatch market, new smartwatch shipments are expected to see only modest growth for the rest of 2016 due to late-in-the-year and iterative product releases. According to a new forecast from the IDC Worldwide...

Sprint intros MediaTek-powered smartphone

Sep 19, 14:36

Sprint has introduced the LG X Power, which features the MediaTek Helio P10-series chipset. The device is the first MediaTek-powered smartphone available from Sprint breaking new ground for MediaTek in the US market.

Quanta, Compal see increased notebook shipments in August

Newswatch - Sep 13, 14:59

Notebook ODMs Quanta Computer and Compal Electronics saw increased notebook shipments in August with Quanta's volume rising 800,000 units on month to reach four million units and Compal increasing 600,000 units to reach three million, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...

Acer Taiwan general manager appointment raises concern among IT vendors

Sep 12, 16:01

Acer has appointed Lin Chia-chang, general manager of its subsidiary Weblink International, as general manager of Acer Taiwan and Lin will also continue to head Weblink. However, several IT brand vendors that outsource their product distribution in Taiwan to Weblink are concerned that his double role...

Quanta revenues up slightly on month in August

Stockwatch - Sep 12, 11:10

Quanta Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$72.929 billion (US$2.313 billion) for August, up 1.04% on month but down 19.79% on year.

Acer sees August revenues drop on year

Stockwatch - Sep 9, 15:45

Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$18.974 billion (US$604.33 million) for August 2016, representing a 10.96% increase on month and 9.64% drop on year.

Apple introduces Apple Watch Series 2

Sep 8, 12:13

Apple has introduced the Apple Watch series 2, packed with fitness and health capabilities including a water resistance 50 meter rating for swimming, and built-in GPS so users can now run without an iPhone. The Apple Watch Series 2 also features a brighter display and a dual-core processor. Combined...

Apple Watch series 2 smartwatches

Digitimes Research: Taiwan handset makers to post decreased shipments in 4Q16

Sep 7, 12:13

Shipments of handsets, mostly smartphone models, by Taiwan-based handset makers are expected to peak at 14.49 million units in the third quarter of 2016 before sliding to 13.47 million units in the fourth quarter, according to an estimate of Digitimes Research.C

Acer Asia Pacific eyes enterprise business opportunity

Sep 5, 22:06

Acer Asia Pacific is gradually shifting its business focus from the consumer sector to the enterprise and currently, enterprise-related businesses contribute 40% to Acer Asia Pacific's revenues and the company is aiming to increase the percentage to 50% since the enterprise sector is more stable and...

IFA 2016: Acer unveils VR devices and new notebooks

Sep 1, 12:33

Acer has unveiled a number of new products, including ultrathin notebooks, Chromebooks, VR devices, 2-in-1 models, tablets and smartphones, at a product presentation prior to the opening of IFA 2016.

Acer new gaming notebook the Predator 21X

IFA 2016: Asustek launches new mobile devices

Sep 1, 12:16

Asustek Computer unveiled its latest innovations at the pre-show conference before IFA 2016 including its ZenWatch 3 smartwatch, new 2-in-1 devices and gaming notebooks.

Asustek ZenWatch 3 smartwatch

Acer, Asustek to release 18-inch and larger gaming notebooks

Aug 30, 11:18

Asustek Computer and Acer are planning to launch gaming notebooks with 18-inch and above displays. Asustek is currently developing an 18-inch gaming notebook, while Acer is looking to release a 21-inch model. Since these notebooks are expected to feature weight and size much larger than regular gaming...

SSD adoption in notebooks to top 50% in 2018, says DRAMeXchange

Aug 30, 11:09

DRAMeXchange has maintained its estimate given earlier in 2016 that the adoption of SSDs in notebooks would exceed 30% in 2016. The proportion is forecast to reach 56% in 2018, according to the research firm.

Vendors to shift away more orders from BYD

Aug 30, 11:07

Asustek Computer and Huawei are expected to shift more of their existing orders for notebooks and smartphones away from China-based BYD, which is having a difficult time fulfilling its promises in product quality and shipment schedule to the clients, according to sources from the upstream supply cha...

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to up over 16% on quarter in 3Q16

Aug 25, 10:36

Global tablet shipments will bounce back 16.3% sequentially to reach nearly 47 million units in the third quarter, but the volume will still be down over 10% compared to the same quarter a year ago, showing the market is still in no condition of recovering, according to Digitimes Research.

IDF San Francisco: Intel CEO introduces vision for merged reality

Aug 18, 10:21

The 2016 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) kicked off on August 16 in San Francisco with an opening keynote by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. Krzanich articulated the company's vision for the future of technology spanning virtual reality, autonomous driving, the industrial Internet, and the important role developers...

MSI announces new gaming notebooks using Nvidia GTX 10 series GPUs

Aug 18, 10:18

Taiwan-based motherboard and gaming notebook vendor Micro-Star International (MSI) has announced 11 new gaming devices under its four major product series - GT, GS, GE and GP. These products feature displays ranging from 14- to 18-inch, Intel's latest high-end processors and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 10...

MSI new gaming notebooks

Smartphone shipments to grow 5% in 2016 when Apple posts first annual decline, says Canalys

Aug 16, 14:00

Worldwide smartphone shipments will reach just over 1.4 billion units in 2016 representing a 5% on-year increase, according to Canalys. During the year, Apple is set to post its first annual decline in iPhone shipments, said the research firm.

Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments to drop below 150 million units in 2016

Aug 15, 22:46

Worldwide notebook shipments are expected to drop 7.3% on year to below 150 million units in 2016 as Windows 10's new anniversary update is not attractive enough to prompt a lot users to purchase new PCs and Intel's Kaby Lake-based processors only had a small upgrade from the previous-generation models...

Wistron, Inventec see mixed shipment performances in July

Aug 8, 22:32

Wistron and Inventec announced their shipment performances in July with Wistron shipping 1.5 million notebooks in the month, down 21.05% on month and Inventec 1.4 million mobile devices, down from 1.6 million units a month ago.

IPC maker Ennoconn sees revenues up on-year in July

Newswatch - Aug 4, 15:28

Industry PC supplier Ennoconn has announced consolidated revenues of NT$1.199 billion (US$37.79 million) for July, down 8.74% on month but up 36.68% on year.

TCAS 2016: MSI sees strong demand for gaming notebooks, says paper

Newswatch - Aug 1, 22:04

Micro-Star International (MSI) is seeing strong demand for its gaming notebooks at Taipei Computer Application Show (TCAS) and MSI has prepared 30 notebooks using solid state drive (SSD) to consumers, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report citing the company staff as saying...

Qualcomm, Oppo sign 3G/4G patent license agreement

Aug 1, 21:55

Qualcomm and GuangDong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications have entered into a new 3G and 4G patent license agreement for China, according to the companies.

Xiaomi announces new Mi Book Air notebooks

Jul 28, 21:30

China-based Xiaomi has announced two new Mi Book Air notebooks, featuring 12.5-inch and 13.3-inch displays and priced at NT$16,000 (US$498) and NT$24,000, respectively. The 13.3-inch model also features a discrete graphics card from Nvidia.

Chip orders for notebooks from Huawei and Xiaomi falling, say sources

Jul 27, 11:08

Chip orders for notebooks from Huawei Device and Xiaomi have fallen rapidly recently, according to industry sources.

Rebound in notebooks in Western Europe boosted PC shipments in EMEA in 2Q16, says IDC

Jul 25, 16:07

PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) performed above expectations, reaching 16.1 million units in the second quarter of 2016 - a 4.7% on-year decrease, according to IDC. Looking at regions, Western Europe stabilized at negative 0.8%, while Central and Eastern Europe and Middle...

Sharp to roll out new smartphone utilizing MediaTek 10-core chip, says report

Newswatch - Jul 22, 11:52

Sharp is reportedly engaged in the development of a new smartphone utilizing MediaTek's 10-core Helio X20 chip (dubbed MT6797).

Asustek to raise UK PC prices by 9% in October

Jul 21, 12:22

With the depreciation of the British pound because of the Brexit vote, Asustek has decided to raise prices in the UK by 9% in October, while Acer still has not yet reached a final decision. Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell both recently announced they will increase PC prices in the UK by 9-10%.

Digitimes Research: Technology remains key to MediaTek growth

Jul 20, 21:04

MediaTek should remain focused on enhancing its technology to better compete against rivals including Qualcomm, Spreadtrum and HiSilicon, and to explore new growth opportunities outside the China market, according to Digitimes Research.

Chip shipments for VR devices to boom

Jul 20, 12:28

Chip shipments for VR (virtual reality) devices are expected to surge during the year-end shopping season in Europe and the US, according to industry sources.

Xiaomi to announce two new notebooks at the end of July; manufactured by different ODMs

Jul 19, 12:18

China-based Xiaomi is planning to announce two new notebooks on July 27 with the 12.5-inch model manufactured by Inventec and having already entered into mass shipments. The 13-inch model will be handled by Wistron and the device's component supply is currently under evaluation and should begin mass...

Handset LED market to decline, says IHS

Jul 18, 22:14

The market for LEDs used in mobile phones – including backlighting behind the display, keypad illumination and camera flash - will decline at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6% from 2015 to 2021, according to IHS. Increased penetration of organic LEDs (OLED) is a primary reason for...

Clevo sees sales down slightly in June, looks to strong 2H16

Newswatch - Jul 15, 10:56

Clevo has reported revenues of NT$1.26 billion (US$39.37 million) for June, down 22% on month and 1.6% on year. Second-quarter revenues reached NT$4.32 billion, down 9.2% but up 5.8% on year.

Garmin enters Taiwan micropayment market

Jul 14, 11:52

Garmin has cooperated with Taiwan-based micropayment firm iPass to launch wearable devices that are able to measure heart rates and support micropayments.

Worldwide PC shipments decline 5.2% in 2Q16, says Gartner

Jul 13, 16:09

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 64.3 million units in the second quarter of 2016, a 5.2% decline from the second quarter of 2015, according to preliminary results by Gartner. This was the seventh consecutive quarter of PC shipment declines, but Gartner analysts said the market is showing some signs...

Asustek unveils new products for 2H16

Jul 13, 11:39

Asustek Computer has unveiled a number of new products for the second half of 2016, including ZenFone 3 family products, Transformer 3 Pro 2-in-1, and ZenPad 3S 10 tablet.

Asustek chairman Jonney Shih presiding the new product event

Acer, Asustek see stable operations in Venezuela, says paper

Newswatch - Jul 12, 16:12

Commenting on Elitegroup Computer Systems' (ECS) uncollected payments from the government in Venezuela for its Classmate PCs and Education Tablets, Acer and Asustek both say they have not had similar issues in the country, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...

Notebook ODMs look to shipment growths in 2H16

Jul 12, 12:00

Taiwan-based notebook ODMs Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec have announced their June shipments with Quanta shipping four million notebooks, up 300,000 units from a month ago.

Asustek sees growth in June revenues; conservative about 3Q16

Jul 12, 11:14

Asustek Computer saw its June consolidated revenues grow 33% on month and 2% on year to reach NT$42.39 billion (US$1.32 billion), but its revenues in the second quarter were down 14.64% sequentially and 5% on year to reach only NT$93.94 billion.

ECS to declare US$90 million in bad debt in 2Q16 due to orders from Venezuela

Jul 11, 21:58

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) was awarded a bidding project on classmate PC and education tablets by the government of Venezuela for over two million units at a total amount over US$400 million in the second half of 2014. The company completed shipping all the committed volumes by end of 2015....

US enterprise sector to see PC replacement trend in 2H16

Jul 11, 10:59

With the US Department of Defense deciding to upgrade four million units of their equipment to Windows 10 due to better security, sources from PC players expect the move to prompt other US government departments to follow suit, triggering a replacement trend in the enterprise PC sector.

Notebook shipments of Taiwan players from 2006-2016

Jul 9, 17:48

Taiwan makers produced over 90% of the notebooks worldwide in 2008. The top-five notebook makers – Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Asustek Computer – contributed 88% of the shipments from Taiwan.

Worldwide IT spending forecast to be flat in 2016, says Gartner

Jul 8, 10:21

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to be flat in 2016, totaling US$3.41 trillion, according to Gartner. This is up from last quarter's forecast of negative 0.5% growth. The change in the forecast is mainly due to currency fluctuations.

Acer expects no exchange losses in 2Q16 despite dropping EUR and GBP

Jul 7, 13:52

Commenting on a market rumor that PC brand vendors are planning to raise their PC prices in Europe in response to recent fierce depreciation in the euro and British pound, Acer chairman George Huang said that the company currently does not have plans to adjust its product prices and is unlikely to...

George Huang, Acer chairman

Taiwan market: Acer launches new notebook, to boost share to 24% in 4Q16

Jun 30, 14:08

Acer has unveiled its new notebook, the Aspire S13, for sale in the Taiwan market in the second half of 2016. The Aspire S13 features a 13.3-inch display, an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU and supports USBType-C, 802.11ac MU-MIMO technologies and with a built-in precision touchpad, supporting Windows 10's...

Acer Aspire S13 notebook

Philippines PC market hits record-high shipment levels in 1Q16, says IDC

Jun 29, 15:55

The performance of the Philippines PC market in the first quarter of 2016 exceeded expectations, posting the highest shipment levels since the third quarter of 2014. According to IDC data, PC shipments reached 518,645 units, growing 7% on year. Such robust growth reinforces the Philippines PC market's...

India PC shipments declined 7.4% in 1Q16, says Gartner

Jun 29, 15:52

PC shipments in India totaled nearly two million units in the first quarter of 2016, a 7.4% decrease over the first quarter of 2015, according to Gartner.

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