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Sony to launch 12-inch tablet in 1Q15, say Taiwan makers

Oct 24, 11:49

Sony Mobile Communications will launch a 12-inch tablet in the first quarter of 2015. Several other vendors are also developing large-size tablets for launch in the first or second quarters, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Taiwan market: HTC maintains largest market share by sales volume in September

Newswatch - Oct 24, 09:45

There were 730,000 handsets sold in the Taiwan market in September and HTC maintained the largest market share at 20.8% in terms of sales volume, followed by Samsung Electronics with 14.2%, Asustek Computer with 12.7% and Apple with 11.8%, according to data compiled by local retail channels. Apple...

Apple rumored to raise payments to accelerate iPhone 6 Plus production

Oct 23, 15:46

Seeing higher-than-expected iPhone 6 Plus demand, Apple is rumored to be considering raising its payments to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) by 20-25% to encourage the Taiwan-based EMS provider to accelerate mass production efficiency for the device, according to sources from the upstream...

Taiwan market: Samsung launches 2 entry-level LTE smartphones

Oct 23, 15:21

Samsung Electronics has launched two low-priced 4G LTE smartphones, the Galaxy Grand Prime and Galaxy Core Prime, in the Taiwan market targeting the entry-level segment.

Supply chain estimated to deliver 50 million units of iPhone 6 in 2014

Oct 23, 15:06

Strong demand for Apple's iPhone 6 has boosted Pegatron Technology's orders for 2014 and the maker is expected to ship close to 25 million units before the end of 2014, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will also deliver about 25 million...

iphone 6

Digitimes Research: Apple turns to focus on price management to save tablet business

Oct 23, 13:55

Digitimes Research believes Apple is planning to sacrifice its gross margins to save its tablet business, which has already fallen into decline. Apple's entry into price competition is also expected to impact sales of its competitors' high-end tablets.

Sony Mobile to amend strategy for releasing flagship models

Oct 22, 22:12

Sony Mobile Communications will amend its policy for the launch of flagship models by releasing only one new model a year, instead of two models currently, according to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Wearable sensor market to expand sevenfold in 5 years, says IHS

Oct 22, 16:01

Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013-2019, according to IHS.

Apple announces financial results for fiscal 4Q14

Oct 21, 22:19

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter that ended September 27, 2014. The company posted quarterly revenues of US$42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of US$8.5 billion, or US$1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenues of US$37.5 billion and net profit...

Apple likely to supply more iPhone 6 Plus to satisfy strong demand from China, say sources

Oct 21, 16:03

Apple may have to adjust again the supply ratios of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus due to higher than expected demand for the iPhone 6 Plus in China, according to industry sources.

Lenovo to set up secondary brand for mobile devices

Oct 21, 14:13

The Lenovo Group has announced that it will create a new company to focus on sales of smart devices and services through Internet. The new company will operate under a separate name and brand starting April 1, 2015.

Global smartphone shipments grow 9.1% in 3Q14, says TrendForce

Oct 21, 12:08

Global smartphone shipments grew 9.1% to reach 310 million units in the third quarter of 2014, and iPhone 6 shipments surpassed Apple's target of 73.5 million units to reach 80 million units, according to a report from TrendForce.

Commentary: China ODM services increasing as local vendors aim to cut costs and expand handset lineups

Oct 20, 16:21

Low-priced, high-specification handsets are continuing to be focus for handset vendors in China, with Xiaomi, Coolpad and Huawei Device expected to push segment in 2015 in order to combat competition from international vendors.

Asustek expects at least NT$2 billion in profits from handset business in 2015

Oct 20, 15:14

Asustek Computer expects its handset shipments to grow dramatically to 16 million units in 2015, helping its profits from the business line to reach at least NT$2 billion in the year, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Asustek is expected to ship over eight million handsets in 2014...

Asustek expects growth in shipments and profits in 2015

Tablet vendors developing models for education, business, gaming applications to boost growth in 2015

Oct 17, 14:48

Tablet vendors have been developing models designated for education, business and gaming applications in order to boost shipment growth in 2015 due to saturation in global demand for consumer tablets, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Google launches Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus Player

Oct 16, 14:33

Google has launched its next-generation Nexus 6 smartphone with Motorola Mobility and its new tablet, the Nexus 9, in cooperation with HTC. The search engine giant has also teamed with Asustek Computer to roll out its new STB, the Nexus Player, according to a company press release.

Google Nexus 6

Acer CEO sees good sales during China National Day holidays; expects flat performance in 2015

Oct 15, 22:03

Commenting on the company's recent performance, Acer CEO Jason Chen said the company enjoyed strong sales in China during the country's National Day holidays starting October 1, but refused to unveil more details. Chen expects overall PC shipments to stay flat on year in 2015, but believes Chromebooks,...

Jason Chen, Acer CEO sees good sales during China National Day holidays

Elderly home monitoring growth drawing new players to the market, says ABI Research

Oct 15, 16:07

Over the next five years, a new generation of elderly home care services will drive wearable device shipments to more than 44 million in 2019 up from just six million in 2013. In 2014 alone, shipments of wearable devices linked to elderly care systems will more than double over those in 2013, according...

Japan market: KDDI to launch mid-range Firefox smartphones in December

Oct 15, 15:42

Japan-based mobile operator KDDI will team up with its hardware production partner LG Electronics to release a Firefox-based smartphone in December, targeting the mid-range segment, according to industry sources.

Ergotech showcases 3G smartwatch at Hong Kong Electronics Fair

Oct 14, 10:40

Taiwan-based Ergotech Technology is exhibiting a smartwatch featuring 3G voice communication functionality at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair Autumn Edition 2014 from October 13-16.

Ergotech 3G-enabled smartwatch

HTC unveils HTC Desire Eye, Re camera

Newswatch - Oct 13, 15:54

HTC has unveiled its new selfie phone, the HTC Desire Eye as well as a small, handheld camera called the Re camera.

iPhone 6 pre-orders in China reach 20 million, says report

Oct 13, 15:13

Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China are estimated to have reached 20 million during the pre-order period from October 10-13, according to a report from China-based QQ.

Supply chains conservative about 4G handset development in China during 4Q14

Oct 13, 13:35

Handset supply chain makers are continuing to see the effects of lagging 4G handset sales in China as vendors clear out reserves of 3G units.

Foxconn, Pegatron see large sequential growth in September revenues

Oct 13, 10:37

Foxconn Electronics saw its September consolidated revenues of NT$415.412 billion (US$13.7 billion) increase 51% on month and 22.95% on year, while ODM Pegatron had those of NT$105.988 billion hiking 62.8% on month, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: Enterprise segment to benefit, but PC segment to suffer from HP spin-off

Oct 9, 15:49

Hewlett-Packard (HP) will separate into two companies, HP Inc. and HP Enterprise with the former focusing mainly on PC and printer products and the later on servers, storage, software and services.

Microsoft rumored to cease Surface tablet business

Oct 9, 14:59

Microsoft continues to see weak sales for its Surface Pro 3 tablet and is reportedly planning to cancel the product line since shipment performance has been far lower than expectations, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Worldwide PC shipments down in 3Q14

Oct 9, 13:38

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 78.5 million units in the third quarter of 2014, an on-year decline of 1.7%, according to IDC.

New battery and charging technologies required for 8 billion mobile devices in 2019, says ABI Research

Oct 9, 13:35

ABI Research forecasts that the installed base of mobile devices (smartphones, basic mobile phones, wearables, tablets, and notebooks) will reach eight billion by 2019, providing a huge installed base for rechargeable batteries and charging solutions.

Smartphones with screen sizes over 4.8-inch make up 80% of Taiwan own-brand shipments in 3Q14, says MIC

Oct 9, 12:36

Shipment volume of the Taiwan smartphone industry has topped around 5.4 million units in the third quarter of 2014, according to MIC. "The new rollouts of Samsung, Sony, and Apple in September have caused consumers to delay purchases and therefore dragged the sales momentum of HTC M8," said...

Taiwan-based IC design houses look to slow sales in 4Q14

Oct 8, 21:53

Most Taiwan-based IC design houses are expected to see their revenues slide 10-15% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014 as order visibility for the quarter remains lower than expected after the October 1 holiday season in China, according industry sources.

Xiaomi expects to ship 60 million smartphones in 2014, 100 million units in 2015

Newswatch - Oct 8, 16:08

Xiaomi Technology shipped 26.11 million smartphones in the first half of 2014 and aims to ship a total of 60 million units for all of 2014, according to company president Lin Bin.

Digitimes Research: Availability of Android One phones to affect sales of low-priced models in India

Oct 8, 15:13

The launch of Android One smartphones by India-based vendors in their local market starting September will affect sales of current models priced at around INR6,000 (US$98) as well as low-priced models offered by Samsung Electronics, according to Digitimes Research.

Synnex September revenues hit record

Oct 8, 13:59

IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$33.9 billion (US$1.12 billion) for September, a monthly record with growth of 18.1% on month and 9.0% on year.

Apple adjusts supply ratio for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Oct 7, 12:06

Seeing that demand for the iPhone 6 Plus is much stronger than expected, Apple has already adjusted its supply ratio for the two new smartphones, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Vapor chamber looks promising for smartphone cooling

Oct 6, 16:30

In addition to ultra-thin heat pipes, cooling module makers have also developed vapor chamber solutions for mobile devices and several Japan-, Taiwan- and Korea-based smartphone vendors have already expressed interest in the solutions, according to sources from the smartphone supply chain.

iPhone 6 chip orders to remain high in 1Q15, say sources

Oct 6, 16:04

Orders for chipsets for production of the iPhone 6 devices in the first quarter of 2015 have exceeded 50 million units, according to an industry estimated.

HTC nets NT$0.78 per share for 3Q14

Oct 6, 14:56

Smartphone vendor HTC has reported unaudited net operating profit of NT$160 million (US$5.3 million), net profit of NT$640 million and net EPS of NT$0.78 for the third quarter of 2014.

Tablet shipments continue to drop due to pressure from notebooks, large-size smartphones

Oct 3, 16:02

Tablet shipments are continuing to be pushed down by low-priced notebooks and large-size smartphones, and are expected to continue to decline into 2015, according to market watchers.

Asustek to launch smartphones in Brazil in October

Oct 3, 15:43

Asustek Computer launched its ZenFone-series smartphones in the Taiwan market in April 2014 and has so far sold more than one million units. The company will launch ZenFones in Brazil in October and TD-LTE-enabled models in the China market through cooperation with China Mobile in November, according...

HTC appoints new COO

Oct 3, 15:40

HTC has appointed its chief engineering officer David Chen to serve as chief of operations, responsible for supervising HTC's R&D, operations and manufacturing.

Smartwatches storm wearables market; flexible displays are critical, says IHS

Oct 3, 15:00

The display panel market for all types of wearable electronic items is forecast to enjoy very rapid growth in the years to come. From a projected US$300 million in 2014, industry revenues will climb more than 80% annually for at least four more years as high resolution and color displays are increasingly...

iPhone 6 Plus to account for 60% of total iPhone 6 device shipments, say sources

Oct 3, 14:44

Sales of iPhone 6 Plus will be higher than expected, to account for 60% of total shipments of iPhone 6 devices, judging from recent shipments of analog ICs to the two iPhone 6 device producers, Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron Technology, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Sony Mobile launches entry-level Xperia E3

Oct 3, 14:05

Sony Mobile Communications has launched its Xperia E3 in the Taiwan market, priced at NT$6,900 (US$227) unlocked targeting the entry-level segment. The model is the lowest-priced LTE-enabled phone ever released by Sony Mobile.

Tablet demand slows as competition from notebooks and smartphones increases, says DisplaySearch

Oct 2, 18:51

Global tablet demand is slowing and shipments are forecast to grow only 2% on year in 2014. According to DisplaySearch, 254 million tablet units will ship in 2014, which is less than the 14% growth DisplaySearch previously forecast. Driven mainly by replacement cycles, tablet demand will continue to...

Japan Patent Office to cut examination process to five months

Oct 2, 18:41

To help enterprises acquire patents quicker, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) has established a new examination system which will reduce the processing time from two years to five months.

Branded tablet growth expected to disappoint with only 2.5% growth; Apple down and Samsung up, says ABI Research

Oct 1, 16:30

The 200 million annual shipments milestone for branded tablets continues to elude OEM vendors and overall growth for 2014 is set to come in at a disappointing 2.5%. Apple and Samsung continued to lead branded vendors in shipment share during the first half of 2014 although with mixed fortunes. Even...

Taiwan market: Samsung launches Galaxy Note 4, Gear S and Gear Circle

Oct 1, 15:50

Samsung Electronics has launched its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 4, as well as new smart wearable devices, including Gear S and Gear Circle, in the Taiwan market. The Galaxy Note 4 is available at NT$24,900 (US$818) unlocked.

Taiwan market: InFocus launches M510t smartphone via cooperation with Asia Pacific Telecom

Oct 1, 15:34

US-based vendor InFocus on September 30 launched the M510t smartphone featuring Qualcomm S400 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 5-inch HD IPS touch screen, in the Taiwan market at a contract-free retail price of NT$5,488 (US$181) through cooperation with Asia Pacific Telecom.

Digitimes Research: China 4G smartphone demand fails to surge; CoolPad, Lenovo, Xiaomi unlikely to achieve 2014 targets

Oct 1, 15:15

After visiting China's smartphone industry in August and September, Digitimes Research found that demand for 4G smartphones in China did not rise as expected and most vendors' domestic shipments did not achieve any growth.

Taiwan market: LG introduces G Tablet 8.0 LTE

Sep 30, 16:08

LG Electronics has launched its mid-range tablet, the G Tablet 8.0 LTE, in the Taiwan market. The G Tablet 8.0 LTE, the first LTE-enabled tablet introduced into the local market by LG, comes after the Korea-based vendor started marketing its G Tablet 7.0 and G Tablet 10.1 in July.

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