AMD falls to 4th rank MPU supplier in 2012, says IC Insights
May 21, 15:54
A slowdown in notebook and desktop PC purchases coupled with strong growth in smartphones and tablets knocked AMD down to fourth place in microprocessor (MPU) sales in 2012 from second, where AMD had been perched behind Intel since the 1990s, according to IC Insights.
Taiwan makers expected to benefit from Lenovo targeting smartphones in 2013
May 20, 21:28
China-based Lenovo jumped into the world's 10 largest smartphone vendors for the first quarter and has set an ambitious goal of shipping 60 million smartphones in fiscal year 2013 (April 2013-March 2014), which is expected to benefit Lenovo's existing Taiwan-based ODMs and EMS providers Compal Communications,...
Handset vendors in discussion over producing 6-inch and larger phones
May 20, 15:51
Following the release of various-sized 6-inch and larger handsets from Asia-based vendors such as Huawei Device and Samsung Electronics, Nokia is reportedly in discussion about making larger-size handsets that may be released in the next year, according to industry sources.
Ruggedized PC vendors eyeing 7- to 8-inch tablet market
May 17, 16:09
As 7- to 8-inch displays are expected to become a new specification for ruggedized tablets in 2014, vendors, such as Taiwan-based Getac Technology and Japan-based Panasonic, are eyeing the market for such devices.
Synnex Technology reports profits for 1Q13
Stockwatch - May 17, 14:55
IT and consumer electronics products Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$73.637 billion (US$2.47 billion), gross margin of 3.23%, net operating profit of NT$577 million, net profit of NT$1.043 billion and net EPS of NT$0.63 for first-quarter 2013.
Asia Pacific leads worldwide mobile phone sales growth in 1Q13, says Gartner
May 16, 22:10
Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled nearly 426 million units in the first quarter of 2013, a slight increase of 0.7% from the same period in 2012, according to Gartner. Worldwide smartphone sales totaled 210 million units in the first quarter of 2013, up 42.9% from the first quarter of...
Taiwan market: HTC, Samsung optimistic about May sales
May 16, 21:25
HTC and Samsung Electronics introduced new flagship models for 2013, the HTC One and Galaxy S4, in April. Both firms believe May sales of the new flagship models will exceed the monthly sales of previous generation of flagship models in the first month after launch. In addition, HTC and Samsung both...
Samsung reportedly to supply panels for Microsoft 7.9-inch tablet
May 15, 22:18
Microsoft will reportedly release a 7.9-inch Surface tablet at the end of June featuring displays from Samsung Display, but LG Display (LGD) and Taiwan-based firms have yet to be included in the panel supplier list for the new device, according to industry sources.
New generation iPhone may adopt sapphire crystal glass for home button
May 15, 21:46
Market rumors that the new generation of Apple's iPhone may adopt sapphire crystal glass for the home button have been circulating and Taiwan-based sapphire substrate maker Tera Xtal has reportedly sent samples to Apple for verification. However, the firm refused to comment on the rumors.
Wistron expected to become largest ODM for BlackBerry in 2013
May 14, 19:58
Wistron has taken over BlackBerry's R&D staff of about 100 members based in Chicago and is expected to undertake production of 50-60% of the vendor's smartphones launched in 2013, becoming its largest ODM, according to Taiwan-based handset supply chain makers.
Computex 2013 expected to create US$25 billion in business opportunities
May 13, 16:27
Computex Taipei 2013, which will run from June 4-8, is expected to attract 40,000 international buyers and create business opportunities worth US$25 billion. The show will have about 1,700 exhibitors occupying 5,000 booths. Firms such as Intel, Microsoft, Acer, Asustek computer, Corning, Nvidia, Marvell,...
Nokia introduces Asha 501
May 10, 15:59
Nokia has unveiled the first of a new Asha family of smartphones, the Asha 501, targeting the sub-US$100 budget smartphone segment in emerging markets, including India, Latin America and Africa.
Pegatron to expand workforce by 40% in 2H12
May 10, 12:19
Pegatron Technology CEO Jason Cheng, at the company's recent investors meeting, said that the company will start expanding its production workforce in mid-June with the worker number to grow from 100,000 currently to 130,000-140,000, a growth of 40%.
Spreadtrum 1Q13 revenues beat guidance
Newswatch - May 9, 18:39
China-based handset solution vendor Spreadtrum Communications has announced revenues of US$189 million for the first quarter of 2013, down 6.9% sequentially but up 17.3% on year. The sales figures were higher than the company's guidance of US$180-186 million set for the quarter, the company noted.
Smartphone brands to introduce new flagship products in 3Q13
May 9, 15:20
Smartphone brands such as HTC, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics all plan to introduce new flagship models in the third quarter of 2013 in order to take on the forthcoming new iPhone scheduled to be released in the second half of the year, according to industry sources.
Nokia names new China chief
May 8, 16:00
Nokia has appointed Eirk Bertman to serve as its new general manager of Nokia China, effective June 1, 2013. Bertman will replace outgoing Gustavo Eichelmann who will resign for personal reasons.
Synnex Technology April revenues down on month, up on year
May 8, 11:05
IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$26.49 billion (US$892 million) for April, decreasing 2.7% sequentially but increasing 10.8% on year.
HTC April revenues up sequentially
May 6, 21:32
Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC on May 6 reported consolidated revenues of NT$19.591 billion (US$659 million) for April, increasing by 23.35% on month but decreasing by 36.87% on year, and those of NT$62.379 billion for January-April, slipping by 36.88% on year.
HTC 2Q13 guidance lower than expectations
May 3, 15:47
HTC's guidance for revenues of NT$70 billion (US$2.37 billion), gross margin of 22-24% and operating margin of 1-3% for the second quarter of 2013 are lower than market expectations, according to industry observers.
Apple and Samsung to ship a combined 110 million tablets in 2013
May 3, 12:16
Taiwan-based TFT-LCD panel makers have received surging orders from international tablet vendors and China-based white-box ones, according to Taiwan-based supply chain sources, adding that Apple and Samsung Electronics together will ship 110 million tablets in 2013.
Worldwide tablet market surges ahead on strong 1Q13 sales, says IDC
May 2, 12:28
Worldwide tablet shipments continue to surge, growing 142.4% year over year in the first quarter of 2013, according to research firm IDC. Tablet shipments totaled 49.2 million units in the quarter, surpassing that of the entire first half of 2012. With growth fueled by increased market demand for smaller...
Mobile devices lead electronics purchases, says CEA
May 2, 12:24
Consumers' desire for mobility is driving sales of tablets, smartphones, e-book readers and wireless mobile hotspots, according to a new study released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The study also found that consumer electronics (CE) spending is up for individuals (35%) and households...
Taiwan market: HTC adjusts New HTC One supply to retail channels
Apr 30, 10:37
HTC has adjusted the supply of its New HTC One smartphones to retail channels in Taiwan by delivering the models every 1-2 days in small volumes, instead of supplying larger volumes every 2-3 weeks in order to quickly respond to market demand and adjust supply volumes, according to market sources.
Supply of any-layer PCBs to fall short in 2H13
Apr 29, 22:14
Global supply of any-layer HDI PCBs will likely struggle to keep up with demand in the second half of 2013, when the market for mobile devices enters its peak season, according to sources at Taiwan-based PCB manufacturers.
Competition between 7-inch tablets arises in 2H13
Apr 29, 12:13
As tablet players are turning their focuses from the 10-inch segment to 7-inch for the second half of 2013, sources from the upstream supply chain believe the competition between Apple iPad mini and 7-inch Android tablets will become fiercer than before.
Samsung posts record 1Q13 profit on smartphone sales
Apr 26, 15:51
Samsung Electronics has announced that net profits climbed to an all-time high of KRW7.15 trillion (US$6.4 billion) in the first quarter of 2013. Consolidated revenues and operating profits for the quarter came to KRW52.87 trillion and KRW8.78 trillion, respectively, in line with company guidance.
Digitimes Research: MediaTek increasing chipset portfolios for tablets
Apr 26, 14:52
Riding high on a fivefold increase in shipments of application processors in 2012 triggered by a robust growth of the mobile device market in China, MediaTek has been strengthening its deployment in 28nm process and has also increased the portfolios of its chipset solutions for tablets since the beginning...