Qualcomm makes splash with VR announcements
Feb 24, 17:01
Qualcomm has made several announcements in the virtual reality (VR) space including introducing a new virtual reality development kit (VRDK) for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and the launch of a head mounted display (HMD) reference design.
MWC 2017 set for a new round of competition for smartphones
Feb 24, 12:20
A number of Android phone brands are expected to showcase their new models for 2017 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC), heralding a new round of competition in the global smartphone space, according to industry sources.
Samsung steps up cooperation with China-based handset suppliers
Feb 24, 11:41
Samsung Electronics has stepped up its contact with handset supply chain makers in China, aiming to strengthen its cooperation ties with ODMs and component suppliers to enable access to more competitive production capacity and component supplies, according to sources from Taiwan-based supply chain...
HTC aims high while LG look low in India smartphone market
Feb 23, 11:44
HTC has reiterated its stance that it wants to focus on the high-end of the India smartphone market while LG Electronics is reportedly making plans to increase its presence in the volume segments, according to reports coming out of India.
Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile to collaborate on 5G NR trials at 3.5 GHz
Feb 22, 16:35
Qualcomm, ZTE, and China Mobile have announced plans to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on the 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP. The trials will operate in sub-6 GHz mid-band spectrum at 3.5 GHz and intend to drive the mobile ecosystem toward...
Taiwan market: Xiaomi launches Mi Note 2, Redmi Note 4X
Feb 22, 11:46
Xiaomi has launched its Mi Note 2 and Redmi Note 4X smartphones in the Taiwan market. The two models will be available starting March 1, with the Mi Note 2 priced at NT$16,999 (US$552), and the Redmi Note 4X at NT$4,999.
New iPhone shipments to reach 100 million in 2017, says TrendForce
Feb 22, 11:06
Apple's latest refresh of the iPhone series scheduled for later this year will include three new models, with one of them having significant hardware and design upgrades such as an AMOLED display and 3D facial recognition, market research firm TrendForce indicated.
Xiaomi likely to unveil in-house developed CPUs on February 28
Feb 21, 18:59
Xiaomi Technology has sent out invitations for a product event to be held on February 28, during which the vendor is expected to unveil its in-house developed Pinecone CPUs and an entry-level to mid-range smartphone, according to industry sources.
Sated China smartphone market to sit back and digest inventory in 1Q17
Feb 21, 12:22
After seeing record shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016, the China smartphone will ease up and try to digest inventory in the first quarter of 2017. Smartphone shipments in the China market are expected to see a year-on-year dip in the quarter, marking the first on-year quarterly decline since...
Display bookings to top US$2 billion in Fiscal 2017 for Applied Materials
Feb 17, 17:02
Semiconductor equipment provider Applied Materials delivered another strong quarter for its display business, with its first quarter display revenues increasing 66% on year to US$422 million and its orders tripling to US$632 million. The company noted that since 2012 it has grown its display revenues...
MediaTek to lag in 10nm-chip race, says paper
Newswatch - Feb 17, 12:37
MediaTek may suffer a setback in the ongoing 10nm mobile chip race as the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) has reported that Xiaomi Technology has decided to not develop a customized 10nm Helio X30 chip with MediaTek.
Lenovo quarterly sales down 6% on year
Feb 16, 14:48
Lenovo has announced results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2016. Quarterly revenues were US$12.2 billion, a 6% decrease year-on-year. Third quarter pre-tax income was US$101 million, a 68% decline year-on-year. Net income fell 67% year-on-year to US$98 million.
Samsung limps to smartphone gold in 2016
Feb 16, 12:49
Nearly 1.5 billion smartphones were sold to end users in 2016, an increase of 5% from 2015, according to market research firm Gartner. And despite a sloppy second half of the year, Samsung held on to remain the top vendor worldwide for the year, shipping 306 million devices.
Asustek expects sequential drop in 1Q17 revenues
Feb 16, 11:55
Asustek Computer expects first-quarter 2017 revenues from the PC product line to decrease 15-20% on quarter, those from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to slip 10-15% and those from DIY motherboards, graphics cards and components to drop 0-5% due to off-season effects, said company CEO...
Notebook shipments get bump in 4Q16
Feb 15, 15:57
The final quarter of 2016 brought good news to the global notebook industry, as shipments showed an on-year increase for the first time since 2012, according to data from Digitimes Research.
Foxconn reaffirms US$5 billion investment in India
Feb 15, 15:06
Amid concerns Foxconn is reconsidering plans to set up a mobile handset in India, the Taiwan manufacturing firm has reportedly met with ministers from the state of Maharashtra where it reaffirmed its intent to invest US$5 billion in the state, according to multiple media reports out of India.
Samsung reportedly earns AMOLED panel orders from Apple
Feb 15, 12:55
Samsung Display has received AMOLED panel orders from Apple for its upcoming iPhone, according to reports coming out of Korea, reinforcing a recent report from Digitimes that indicated that Apple has ordered sufficient OLED panels from Samsung Display, and that the supply chain will start working on...
Apple said to be testing China AMOLED panels
Feb 15, 12:25
China panel makers are looking to cut into the display supply chain for the iPhone, with news coming out that Apple is reportedly testing AMOLED panels from BOE Technology in consideration for use in future iPhones.
HTC reports heavy losses for 4Q16
Feb 14, 21:14
HTC has posted net losses of NT$3.1 billion (US$100.49 million) or NT$3.77 per share for the fourth quarter of 2016. The company has recorded losses for seven consecutive quarters.
Taiwan market: Oppo aims to sell 800,000-1,000,000 smartphones in 2017
Feb 14, 13:37
China-based vendor Oppo aims to ramp up shipments of its smartphones in the Taiwan market to 800,000-1,000,000 units in 2017, up from 400,000 units shipped a year earlier, according to an internal estimate by the vendor.
HMD, TCL to unveil new Nokia and BlackBerry smartphonnes at MWC 2017
Newswatch - Feb 10, 12:11
HMD Global and TCL are expected to unveil new Nokia and BlackBerry smartphones, respectively, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) to be held at the end of February in Barcelona, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Samsung leads VR device makers in 2016, says report
Feb 9, 13:54
Samsung Electronics led the global VR (virtual reality) device makers by shipping a total of 4.51 million units of its Gear VR devices in 2016, according to a Korea-based ET News report, which cited data from SuperData Research.
Fire at Samsung SDI factory caused by defective batteries
Feb 9, 12:16
Just weeks after Samsung stated that it was defective batteries that caused its Note 7 to burst into flames and that the company had implemented several controls to prevent it from happening again, a fire broke out at the Samsung SDI battery factory in China.
IBM, Nokia and AT&T get together to foster trust in IoT
Feb 9, 12:15
In a 2016 AT&T survey, 58% of the companies they spoke to stated that were not confident in the security of their IoT devices. This is not surprising considering that in the past three years, AT&T has seen a 3,198% increase in attackers scanning for vulnerabilities in IoT devices.
Intel announces US$7 billion investment for 7nm fab
Feb 9, 12:13
Intel has announced plans to invest more than US$7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world. The high-volume factory is in Chandler, Ariz., and is targeted to use a 7nm manufacturing process. It will produce microprocessors.
Samsung developing clam-type smartphones, said sources
Feb 9, 10:23
Samsung Electronics reportedly is developing clam-type smartphones and is expected to begin small production of its first foldable model featuring a flexible AMOLED display in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.
Number of connected things to surpass global population in 2017
Feb 8, 14:13
The number of connected "things" in the overall installed base of Internet of Things (IoT) worldwide in 2017 will surpass the total global population for the first time in 2017. According to Gartner there will be 8.4 billion connected things in use worldwide in 2017, up 31% from the 6.4 billion...
MediaTek announces chipset for dual-camera smartphones
Feb 8, 10:58
MediaTek has announced the launch of its MediaTek Helio P25, the newest addition to the MediaTek Helio P series mobile processor family. The new chipset combines a 16nm Octa-core processor with MediaTek Imagiq (the company's advanced Image Signal Processor (ISP) technology) and dual camera features...
Qualcomm extends deadline for NXP purchase offer
Feb 7, 12:31
Qualcomm has announced that it has extended the offering period of its previously announced cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding common shares of NXP Semiconductors. The tender offer is now scheduled to expire on March 7, 2017, unless extended or earlier terminated.
HTC January revenues hit 9-month low
Feb 7, 11:50
Smartphone vendor HTC saw its consolidated revenues decline 27.16% on month and 27.98% on year to a nine-month low of NT$4.664 billion (US$148 million) in January.