Mobile devices
  • Liu Lirong, chairman of China's Gionee Communication Equipment, has reportedly seen his holdings of nearly 41% stake in the smartphone company frozen by a district court in China, fueling speculation about the firm's financial health, according to industry sources.
  • TCL to report strong earnings for 2017
    The China-based TCL Group has announced that its net profits for shareholders were likely to grow 62-75% on year to CNY2.6-2.8 billion (US$403.6-434.6 million) in 2017.
  • Component orders for iPhone devices likely to drop significantly in 1Q18
    Component suppliers in the iPhone supply chain are likely to be forced to prolong their Lunar New Year holidays in the first quarter of 2018 due to low order visibility for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, according sources from the supply chain.
  • Along with mature development of ECG (electrocardiography) and PPG (photoplethysmograph) sensing technologies, ICT firms are keen on developing monitoring devices for use in mobile medical care, which is expected to see demand take off, according to Digitimes Research.
  • HTC launches the HTC U11 Eyes
    HTC launched its new smartphone, the U11 Eyes, in the Taiwan market on January 15 and began to take pre-orders immediately. The new model, which features 2D facial recognition capability, will be available starting February 1 at a price tag of NT$14,900 (US$504).
  • IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$35.463 billion (US$1.18 billion) for December, decreasing 8.36% sequentially but increasing 8.59% on year.
  • Fitbit Ionic
    US-based Fitbit will launch Fitbit Ionic smartwatch in the Taiwan market in mid-February at a recommended retail price of NT$10,880 (US$365).
  • Not many Android-based smartphones launched in the first half of 2018 will come with 3D sensing technology due to technological and cost barriers, according to industry sources.
  • Inventec has announced consolidated revenues of NT$44.45 billion (US$1.5 billion) for December, down 1.3% on month, but up 15.6% on year. Its 2017 consolidated sales came to NT$467.5 billion, up 9.1% on year.
  • HTC unveils Vive Pro
    HTC has unveiled a new version of its Vive headset, Vive Pro, at CES 2018 as the company moves to further enhance its VR hardware business along with other efforts to expand its VR ecosystem.
  • HTC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.02 billion (US$136.44 million) for December 2017, decreasing 29% on month and 37.3% on year, as sales of its new premier model, HTC U11+, released in November, have failed to rekindle its smartphone business.
  • Taiwan businesses have performed aggressively in conducting mergers and acquisitions (M&A) at home and abroad over the past year, and a spate of factors such as cross-domain integrations driven by AI (artificial intelligence) and big data technologies, incentives offered by the Trump administration...
  • KS Lu, Leadtek chairman, showing the amor H2
    Graphics card supplier Leadtek Research has launched amor H2 smart wristband for AI-based personalized health management, and aims to ship 500,000 units in 2018, with Japan, China and Taiwan to be the three largest markets.
  • About 7-7.5 million smartphones were sold in Taiwan in 2017, slipping nearly one million units or 9% from a year earlier - the worst-ever decrease in the local smartphone market, according to an industry estimate.
  • Samsung enhances its mid-tier smartphone portfolio in Taiwan
    Samsung Electronics has launched its 5.6-inch Galaxy A8 and 6-inch Galaxy A8+ in the Taiwan market with the availability to begin on January 15 at recommended retail prices of NT$14,990 (US$500) and NT$17,990 respectively.
  • Shipments of all-screen smartphones are expected to top 910 million units in 2018 compared to 130 million units shipped in 2017, according to China-based Sigmaintell Consulting.
  • Huawei has announced that it shipped 153 million smartphones in 2017, up 10.07% from the 139 million units shipped a year earlier.
  • HTC is expected to focus its R&D and marketing efforts on a limited number of smartphones for release in 2018 as it is struggling to bring a comeback to it smartphone business in the coming year, according to industry sources.
  • Taiwan-based IC-design houses are expected to see their revenues decline 15-20% sequentially in the first quarter of 2018 due to rising component inventory levels at channels as well as high handset inventories at smartphone vendors, according to sources from upstream supply chains.
  • Penetration rate of all-screen smartphones increasing
    Global shipments of handset-use all-screen 18:9 panels are expected to reach 230 million units in 2017 with Samsung Display accounting for a 60% share of the segment, according to a recent report released by market research firm Sigmaintell.
  • The smartphone market in China will become more concentrated in 2018 with a number of major brands including Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi Technology dominating the local market, according to industry sources.
  • Bolstered by the rapid development of e-commerce in Southeast Asia, aggregate tech procurements to be conducted in 2018 by the six regional countries - Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam - are expected to surge 18.6% from an estimate of US$70 billion for 2017, with...
  • Smartphone sales in the Taiwan market expanded 11.88% on month and 3.17% on year to a nine-month high of 650,000 units in November, according to data compiled by local retail channels.
  • Taiwan-based VCSEL (vertical cavity surface emitting laser) device providers, including Visual Photonics Epitaxy (VPEC), Epistar, Advanced Wirelss Semiconductor (AWSC) and Global Communication Semiconductors, are bracing for strong sales in 2018 as more and more smartphone vendors are incorporating...
  • The global shipments of wearable devices are expected to grow from 113.2 million units in 2017 to 222.3 million in 2021 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.4%, according to IDC.

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