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Smartphones to represent 80% of total handset shipments in 4Q15, says IC Insights

Jul 3, 15:31

Smartphones first accounted for more than 50% of total quarterly cellphone shipments in the first quarter of 2013. In fourth-quarter 2015, smartphones are forecast to reach 435 million units or 80% of total cellphones shipped, according to IC Insights. On an annual basis, smartphones first surpassed...

Taiwan market: iPhone 6 sales slowing down, say channels

Jul 3, 15:00

Sales momentum of iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus in the Taiwan market seems to have slowed down due to a waning enthusiasm over for the large-size iPhone devices as well as market expectations of the release of next-generation iPhones in September, according to sources at retail channels.

New iPhone enters production, say Taiwan makers

Jul 3, 11:37

Makers in the iPhone supply chain have started delivering parts and components to the two iPhone OEMs Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron for production of next generation iPhone devices, which are widely expected to come in September, according to sources at the supply chain.

iphone

India to be second-largest smartphone market by 2017, says Strategy Analytics

Jul 2, 22:13

Worldwide smartphone sales are forecast to grow from 1.5 billion units in 2015 to a record 1.7 billion by 2017, according to Strategy Analytics. China, India and the US are the big three countries driving smartphone growth worldwide.

China market: Xiaomi ships nearly 35 million smartphones in 1H15, says report

Jul 2, 16:08

Xiaomi Technology shipped a total of 34.7 million smartphones in the first half of 2015, increasing 33% from a year earlier period, the China-based QQ.com quoted company chairman Lei Jun as reporting.

China market: Xiaomi appoints new CFO

Jul 2, 15:51

China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology has appointed Shou Zi Chew, a former partner of Hong Kong-based DST Investment Management as chief financial officer.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone shipments see weaker-than-expected growth in 2Q15

Jul 2, 15:23

China's smartphone industry in the second quarter did not see growth as strong as Digitimes Research had anticipated previously and it grew only slightly more than 15% sequentially and by a single-digit percentage on year.

China market: Meizu launches flagship smartphone MX5

Jul 2, 11:46

China-based smartphone vendor Meizu has launched its new flagship model, the MX5, which supports TD-LTE/FDD LTE, running on Android 5.0.

China market: HD leads over Full HD in May smartphone sales, says firm

Jul 1, 21:55

In May 2015, 32.6% of smartphone sales in China were for HD units while 21.4% were for Full HD, according to a new report from Sigmaintell Consulting.

Taiwan market: Huawei to launch 7-inch tablet with dual-SIM feature; Aaeon releases new ruggedized tablet

Jul 1, 21:20

To differentiate from their competitors, several tablet brand vendors have started to develop tablets with unique functions in order to attract demand. China-based Huawei launched the MediaPad X2, supporting dual 4G SIM cards and is targeting mainly enterprise buyers that frequently travel.

HTC reportedly to build handset production facilities in India

Jul 1, 14:57

HTC reportedly will team up with India-based Global Devices Network to set up handset production facilities in Noida with trial production to begin in mid-July, according to industry sources.

HTC chairperson Cher Wang and NorthEast United FC owner John Abraham

China market: Huawei launches Honor 7

Newswatch - Jul 1, 10:59

China-based smartphone vendor Huawei has unveiled its new Honor 7 smartphone for the local market. Shipments of Honor-brand smartphones totaled 20 million units worth US$2.6 billion in the first half of 2015.

Huawei Honor 7 smartphone

Taiwan market: Sony Mobile, Huawei expanding mobile device sales

Newswatch - Jun 30, 16:16

Sony Mobile Communications and Huawei have both recently launched their latest products in Taiwan and are looking to expand their presence in the local market.

Compal 2015 shipment goals unchanged, says president

Jun 29, 11:00

Compal Electronics in early 2015 set a goal of shipping 45.2 million notebooks, 50.5 million tablets, smartphones and other smart mobile devices as well as 4.4 million LCD TVs in 2105, and although global demand for such products so far in 2015 has been short of original expectation, the ODM's shipmment...

Compal president Ray Chen (right) and chairman Rock Hsu (center)

China market: Meizu ready to launch MX5, says paper

Jun 29, 10:37

China-based smartphone vendor Meizu will unveil its new model, the MX5, at a product event on June 30, according to the China-based 21st Century Business Herald.

Apple may switch to OLED displays for iPhone, reports Korea media

Jun 26, 15:37

Rumors published by the media in South Korea are stating that Apple is considering switching to OLED displays for iPhones shipping as early as 2018.

Commentary: Sales of Apple Watch not optimistic

Jun 26, 15:02

Sales of Apple Watch have been lower than expected, totaling about three million units in two months since its availability in late April. Although the smart wearable device will be available to more consumers around the globe at the end of June, prospects are still not optimistic.

Wayfair, Etsy, and Amazon post over 100% on-year growth in mobile commerce in 2014

Jun 26, 14:45

US e-commerce giant Amazon, online home furnishings retailer Wayfair, and online handmade sales platform Etsy posted over 100% on-year growth in mobile commerce in 2014 (including smartphones and tablets). Other B2C e-commerce operators reaching the same performance include Germany-based online fashion...

Quanta Computer expects Apple Watch shipments to increase in 2H15

Jun 26, 14:16

With related yield rates significantly improved, the Apple Watch is expected to see a significant shipment growth in the second half of 2015, boosting the revenue performance of the device's manufacturer Quanta Computer, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. As for recent market rumors...

Foxconn to be largest handset, tablet, desktop ODM/OEM in 2015, says chairman

Jun 26, 11:41

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will be the largest OEM/ODM for handsets, tablets and desktops in 2015, company chairman Terry Guo claimed at its 2015 shareholders meeting on June 25.

Digitimes Research: White-box players pushing 10.1-inch Windows tablets

Jun 25, 14:42

During a survey of southern China's white-box tablet supply chain recently, Digitimes Research found that Intel will not be able to supply its Cherry Trail-based solutions to white-box players until the end of the third quarter. Most white-box players will only be able to use Bay Trail-T CR solutions...

Foxconn, Pegatron, Inventec listed among top-10 handset manufacturers, says IDC

Jun 25, 14:32

Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics, Pegatron Technology and Inventec have been listed in the global top-10 handset manufacturers for the first quarter of 2015 by IDC. Other Taiwan-based makers including Compal Electronics, Arima Communications and Wistron were not in the top-10.

Apple to increase flexible PCB purchases, say sources

Jun 25, 14:29

The forthcoming iPhone 6S series will feature Force Touch technology, which will demand more flexible PCBs (FPCB). As a result, Apple is set to increase orders to its FPCB suppliers including Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect, according to industry sources.

Gigabyte Communications to withdraw from handset market

Jun 24, 22:19

Gigabyte Communications has decided to tentatively withdraw from the handset market after running the handset business line unprofitably for the past 11 years, according to industry sources.

HTC ships 4.75 million HTC One M9 in 3 months; unlikely to make new breakthrough in China

Jun 23, 22:21

HTC has so far shipped only 4.75 million units of its new flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9, since the model launched in the latter half of March, down 43.75% as compared to shipments of the HTC One M8 during its initial three months, according to a Chinese-language China Business Journal

Arima expects smartphone shipments to stay flat in 2015

Jun 23, 21:26

Arima Communications expects its handset shipments in 2015 to stay at the same level as in 2014 during which it shipped 10.59 million smartphones, according to company president Stephen Lee.

Asustek counting on online sales to turnaround handset business

Jun 23, 15:31

The establishment of Asus Digital International (ADI), an e-commerce joint venture, by Asustek Computer and online shopping operator Uitox, has helped Asustek ramp up its smartphone shipments and also make a turnaround of its handset business, according to industry sources.

Samsung pushing to release Galaxy S7 in 2H15

Jun 23, 11:00

In order to offset competition from Apple's next generation iPhone that is expected to be released in the second half of 2015, Samsung Electronics is pushing R&D for its next Galaxy S smartphone being referred to as Galaxy S7, with the intention of releasing the device also in the second half of...

China market: Xiaomi launching consumer loan company, says report

Jun 18, 14:02

China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology will launch an online consumer loan company in Chongqing, allowing the smartphone vendor to step into China's financial market, according to a Beijing Business Today report.

Acer has no acquisition plans, says CEO

Newswatch - Jun 17, 14:05

Acer will continue to invest in its smartphone business but will not consider a merger or acquisition for the time being, according to company CEO Jason Chen.

Acer CEO Jason Chen

Taiwan market: Asustek to launch high-spec version ZenFone 2

Newswatch - Jun 17, 13:50

Asustek Computer plans to launch the flagship model of its ZenFone 2 series with 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM priced at NT$11,990 (US$388) in the Taiwan market on June 18, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Global wearable shipments to reach 45-50 million in 2015

Jun 17, 11:42

The release of the Apple Watch will help accelerate the growth of the wearable market, pushing global shipments of wearable devices to 45-50 million units in 2015, up 125-150% from 20 million units shipped a year earlier, according to sources at Taiwan's supply chain.

Taiwan market: HTC ships over 1 million HTC Desire family smartphones

Jun 16, 21:23

HTC has shipped over one million units of its HTC Desire family products, including the HTC 816, HTC 820 and HTC 626, in the Taiwan market during the period from May 2014 to April 2015, according to Jack Tung, president of HTC North Asia.

HTC dismisses acquisition speculation

Jun 16, 15:22

HTC will not consider any possible acquisition offer from Asustek Computer, and it has not contacted Asustek to discuss the possibility for such a deal, the Taiwan-based smartphone vendor has said in a statement.

Taiwan market: Sony Mobile launches flagship Xperia Z3+ smartphone

Jun 16, 10:52

Sony Mobile Communications has launched its latest smartphones including the flagship Xperia Z3+ and mid-range M4 Aqua Dual in Taiwan and is looking to boost its share in Taiwan's high-end Android-based smartphone market to 40% in 2015, according to Sony Mobile Taiwan general manager Jonathan Lin.

Sony Mobile showcases the Xperia Z3+, M4 Aqua Dual

Synnex Technology mulls tapping three more overseas markets, says paper

Newswatch - Jun 15, 14:02

IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International is evaluating the feasibility of expanding operations into Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines, Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times (CT) cited company president Evans Tu as indicating.

Asustek net profit deceases in 2014

Jun 12, 15:20

Asustek Computer has posted consolidated revenues of NT$477.4 billion (US$15.43 billion) for 2014, up 3% on year and net profit of NT$19.47 billion, down 9% on year. The 2014 net profit dropped on year because in 2013 the company's earnings were boosted by substantial non-operating incomes from selling...

Pegatron chairman expects IT industry to see rising demand in 2H15

Jun 12, 11:52

Commenting on the IT industry's overall weaker performance in the first half, Pegatron Technology chairman TH Tung said the IT industry was slack during the first half, but many players have grown busy since early June in order to release new smartphones, tablets and notebooks, and he expects demand...

Australia market sees a major drop in tablet and 2-in-1 shipments in 1Q15, says IDC

Jun 11, 22:04

IDC has found shipments of tablets and 2-in-1s totaled 770,752 units in Australia in the first quarter of 2015; this represents a 40% on-quarter decline. Whilst a seasonal slump in the first quarter is customary, the magnitude of this decline is steeper than expected. Shipment decline of 25% on year...

Mobile phone shipments grow in Australia market in 1Q15, says IDC

Jun 11, 16:03

According to IDC, 2.32 million units of mobile phones were shipped into Australia in the third quarter of 2015. This represents a decline of 22% on quarter, which is expected when taking into account seasonality and excess channel inventory. When compared to a year ago, the overall mobile phone market...

Tablet vendors developing models for business, gaming and education applications

Jun 11, 14:20

Tablet brands are developing models for business, gaming and education applications as a means to cushion off the impact of slacking demand caused by the rising popularity of large-size smartphones and are expected to begin rolling out new models in the third quarter of 2015, according to sources at...

Arima Communications settles licensing dispute with InterDigital

Stockwatch - Jun 11, 11:07

Arima Communications has signed a settlement agreement and release of claims with the US-based InterDigital Group to end the licensing royalty disputes between the two companies, according to Arima's filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Synnex Technology sees decreased May revenues

Jun 10, 21:27

Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International on June 10 reported consolidated revenues of NT$21.90 billion (US$712 million) for May, decreasing 15.4% on month and 15.1% on year.

Foxconn revenues down 14% on month in May

Jun 10, 21:24

Foxconn Electronics has reported revenues of NT$301.6 billion (US$9.71 billion) for May, down 14.4% from the previous month but up 12.6% from a year earlier. For the first five months of 2015 revenues amounted to NT$1.668 trillion, increasing 15.4% on year.

Asustek revenues drop on year in May

Stockwatch - Jun 10, 16:32

Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$33.682 billion (US$1.09 billion) for May 2015, representing a 1.94% increase on month and 8.58% drop on year.

Acer revenues drop on year in May

Stockwatch - Jun 10, 16:31

Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$17.664 billion (US$571.61 million) for May 2015, representing a 11.63% increase on month and 30.86% drop on year.

Digitimes Research: Japan telecom operators to differentiate smartphones with special features

Jun 10, 15:57

Smartphones launched by the top-three Japan-based telecom operators for summer 2015 are almost identical in hardware specifications, but the carriers have been trying to differentiate their products with special features, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan market: Tablet sales to reach 1.2 million units in 2015; Huawei to launch MediaPad X2

Jun 10, 11:05

Sales of tablets in the Taiwan markets are expected to decline 14% on year to 1.2 million units in 2015 due to dwindling demand and impact from the rising popularity of large-size smartphones, according to sources at local retail channels.

Taiwan market: Huawei launches P8 lite

Jun 9, 21:42

China-based Huawei has launched its P8 lite smartphone in the Taiwan market in cooperation with Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET). Huawei aims to ship over 100,000 units of the P8 lite in the local market.

Huawei P8 lite

Asustek handset business starts generating profits in May

Jun 9, 11:31

Asustek Computer has said that it shipped over 1.5 million smartphones in May, allowing its handset business to start generating profits in the month.

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