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30% of Huawei smartphones in 2015 to be high-end products

Jan 30, 14:22

Huawei Device is aiming to develop more high-end and mid-range smartphones in 2015, with high-end units expected to make up 30% of its handset product portfolio during the year.

Asustek facing challenges in 2015

Jan 29, 15:20

Although Asustek was able to achieve revenue growth in 2014, the company's mobile devices and motherboard businesses are still surrounded by tough competitors. However, the Taiwan-based vendor is still optimistic about its performance in 2015 and expects its smartphone business to advance to a bigger...

Samsung to increase smartphone production in India, says paper

Jan 29, 14:38

Samsung Electronics, in view of fast growing demand for smartphones in India, will invest INR5.17 billion (US$84.23 million) in its smartphone factory there to expand production, according to a Korea-based Aju Business Daily report.

Taiwan market: Samsung launches high-end smartphone Galaxy Note Edge

Jan 29, 11:15

Samsung Electronics has introduced its high-end smartphone, the Galaxy Note Edge, into the Taiwan market, priced at NT$28,900 (US$924) unlocked.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments grow 16.9% sequentially in 4Q14

Jan 29, 11:04

Although white-box tablet shipments declined in the fourth quarter of 2014, global overall tablet shipments in the quarter still grew sequentiallyby 16.9% to reach 74.77 million units thanks to Apple and non-Apple first-tier vendors' strong performances, according to Digitimes Research's latest report...

HTC sponsors eSports teams Cloud 9, Team Liquid, Team SoloMid

Jan 28, 22:21

HTC has made an entrance into the eSports arena sponsoring three teams: Cloud 9, Team Liquid and Team SoloMid (TSM).

Digitimes Research: China smartphone shipments drop 8.8% sequentially in 4Q14

Jan 28, 21:59

Shipments of smartphones by China-based vendors declined 8.8% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2014, affected by weaker than expected sales for some brand vendors, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan market: Xiaomi ships 100,000 smart bracelets in less than 2 months

Jan 28, 15:25

Xiaomi Technology has sold 100,000 units of its Xiaomi smart bracelets in the Taiwan market in less than two months. The vendor aims to ship 500,000 smart bracelets in the local market in 2015, according to sources at local retail channels.

Xiaomi smart bracelets

Huawei aims to ship 100 million smartphones in 2015

Newswatch - Jan 28, 15:15

China-based Huawei targets to ramp up its smartphone shipments to over 100 million units in 2015, increasing 33.3% from 75 million units shipped a year earlier, according to the company.

Taiwan market: Sony Mobile to focus on mid-range to high-end smartphone segment

Jan 27, 22:12

Sony Mobile Communications will focus on the mid-range to high-end smartphone segment in the Taiwan market in 2015, aiming to rank as one of the top-three vendors in the segment, according to Jonathan Lin, president of Sony Mobile Taiwan.

Acer to sell Liquid Z200 via cooperation with Bookoff in Japan

Jan 27, 21:55

Acer on January 27 announced that up to 30,000 units of its Liquid Z200, its 4.0-inch Android 4.4.2 smartphone, will be available for sale in the Japan market through Bookoff, the largest retail chain of second-hand books and other publications in Japan, beginning January 28.

Foxconn to assist China handset brands expanding sales in emerging markets in 2015

Jan 27, 21:53

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will make assisting its China-based handset clients including Xiaomi Technology, Meizu and MIT boost their sales to emerging markets one of its major goals in 2015, according to industry sources.

Samsung starts smartphone production lines in Indonesia, says report

Jan 27, 15:07

Samsung Electronics' production lines for smartphones in Indonesia have reportedly started operating recently, according to a Korean-language Edaily report citing sources familiar with Samsung's operations.

China market: China vendors to beef up competition for CNY2,000-3,000 segment, say sources

Jan 26, 23:16

China-based smartphone vendors, including Xiaomi Technology, Lenovo, ZTE and Coolpad, all plan to strengthen their presence in the CNY2,000-3,000 (US$320-478) smartphone segment in China in 2015, a move which will trigger fierce competition in the high-end sector, according to sources at Taiwan's handset...

Acer looks to stable smartphone business, says CEO

Jan 26, 16:35

Acer's smartphone business has not yet turned profitable, but it will continue to adopt a stable business model to look for business opportunities in the market, according to company CEO Jason Chen.

Jason Chen, Acer CEO

Digitimes Research: China players becoming strong threat to first-tier brand vendors

Jan 23, 14:04

Observing vendors' showcases at CES 2015, Digitimes Research believes first-tier notebook brand vendors' 2-in-1 devices are expected face fierce price competition from China's white-box products as well as other mobile devices including notebooks, tablets and smartphones. Meanwhile, China-based smartphone...

LG ships 59.6 million smartphones in 2014, say reports

Jan 23, 13:56

LG Electronics shipped 59.6 million smartphones globally in 2014, increasing 25.2% from 47.6 million units shipped a year earlier, according to media reports from Korea.

Taiwan market: iPhone 6 devices record largest market share in December

Jan 23, 11:49

Buoyed by continued strong sales of iPhone 6 devices, Apple ranked as the top smartphone vendor in the Taiwan market in December both in terms of sales value and volume, according to data compiled by local retail channels.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone industry to report shipment growth of 8.6% for 4Q14

Jan 22, 15:47

During visits to firms in China's smartphone supply chain in November and December 2014, Digitimes Research found that their shipments to the domestic market were weak in the fourth quarter of 2014. But their exports remained strong. Many China-based brand vendors and ODMs who had a strong focus on...

Digitimes Research: CES 2105 highlights new developments of parts and components for smartwatches

Jan 22, 12:22

Smartwatch vendors were exhibiting new prototypes and newly developed parts and components, mainly displays, watchbands and sensors, to test the market responses during the recently concluded CES 2015, according to Digitimes Research.

Acer aims to double smartphone shipments in 2015, says CEO

Jan 22, 10:47

Acer expects its smartphone shipments in 2015 to double from 4-5 million units shipped a year earlier, according to company CEO Jason Chen. This means Acer aims to ship about 10 million smartphones in 2015.

Taiwan market: HTC to ramp up sales through retail channels

Jan 21, 21:56

HTC plans to strengthen its cooperation with open retail channels to promote sales of its smartphones in the Taiwan market, aiming to ramp up the ratio of channel sales to 35-40% in 2015, from the previous 20%, according Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia.

Global smartphone shipments grow nearly 26% in 2014, says TrendForce

Jan 21, 14:42

Global smartphone shipments totaled 1.167 billion units in 2014, increasing 25.9% from a year earlier, according to TrendForce.

Rising competition from China supply chain: Q&A with Compal president Ray Chen

Jan 21, 11:18

Compal Electronics was one of the pioneers that relocated its major production base to China from Taiwan in 1990 and has since then transformed itself into an IT conglomerate with annual revenues topping over NT$700 billion (US$22.17 billion).

Compal president Ray Chen

ZTE looks to ship 60 million smartphones in 2015

Jan 20, 21:56

China-based handset vendor ZTE is expected to ship 60 million smartphones in 2015, increasing 25% from 48 million units shipped a year earlier, according to an industry estimate.

Pegatron confident about maintaining Apple orders in 2015, says chairman

Jan 20, 20:20

Pegatron chairman TH Tung has responded to stock market analysts' concerns that Pegatron may see decreased Apple orders in 2015 because Wistron and Compal Electronics have become additional OEMs for Apple, saying the company is confident that shipments to Apple in 2015 will not decrease and instead...

ZTE sees strong profit growth in 2014

Jan 20, 10:51

China-based handset and telecom equipment vendor ZTE has has reported revenues of CNY81.24 billion (US$13.19 billion) for 2014, increasing 7.99% on year. Its net operating profit reached CNY1.04 billion for the year, up 107.02%, while net profit soared 94.17% to CNY2.63 billion.

Asustek seeking partnerships with Xiaomi supply chain

Jan 19, 21:48

Asustek Computer reportedly is seeking cooperation with Xiaomi's upstream partners such as earphone designer 1more Design and software designer Cheetah Mobile, to strengthen its smartphone competitiveness, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

China market: Smartphone shipments in 2014 estimated at 389 million units, says paper

Newswatch - Jan 19, 10:38

There were 389 million smartphones shipped in the China market in 2014, decreasing over 8% on year, the Chinese-language Commercial Times has cited statistics by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) as indicating.

Xiaomi unveils flagship model for 2015, Xiaomi Note

Jan 16, 14:24

China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology has unveiled a 5.7-inch flagship model, Xiaomi Note, for initial launch in the China market at the end of January.

Xiaomi Note

Sony reportedly looking to sell handset business

Jan 16, 14:07

The Sony Group is reportedly evaluating the possibility of selling Sony Mobile Communications, or seeking potential partners to jointly run the handset unit due to continued losses - a move which may affect business of Taiwan-based handset ODMs in the future.

Taiwan startups advised to target mobile Internet, smart household sectors, says Xiaomi chairman

Jan 15, 23:27

Taiwan-based innovative startups are urged to step into two promising sectors: mobile Internet and smart household devices, optimizing Taiwan's well-established industry base and a pool high-quality software and hardware engineers, according to Lei Jun, founder and chairman of China-based Xiaomi Tec...

Xiaomi chairman Lei Jun

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to decline 11.8% in 2015

Jan 15, 15:07

Global tablet shipments are estimated to drop 11.8% on year to reach 244 million units in 2015 as demand for high-end and entry-level tablets has both become saturated, while large-size smartphones and inexpensive notebooks are gradually taking demand away from the device, according to Digitimes Research's...

Microsoft announces Lumia 435, Lumia 532

Jan 15, 14:36

Microsoft has announced the intuitive and affordable Lumia 435 - its first 400-series - and the Lumia 532 with a Glance screen.

Microsoft new Lumia phones

Commentary: Foxconn achieves success in one-stop service

Jan 15, 14:30

The Foxconn Group's one-stop service integrating design, manufacturing and sales has achieved initial success in the release of Nokia N1 in China recently, where the initial shipments of 20,000 units were sold out in four minutes and orders for the device have kept growing.

Digitimes Research: Xiaomi business model may not be warranted

Jan 14, 22:56

Xiaomi Technology has continued to build up its ecosystem by expanding its product lines through either joint ventures or equity investments in other companies. However, Xiaomi's products other than smartphones are not attractive to consumers and its business model of relying on software and services...

Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, says MediaTek

Jan 14, 14:06

Worldwide tablet shipments have risen at a slower pace and will grow at only a single-digit rate in 2015, according to MediaTek.

China market: Xiaomi to ship 10 million smart bracelets in 12 months

Jan 13, 22:20

Sales of Xiaomi smart bracelets have reached one million units and are expected to top 10 million units within the next 12 months, according to Lei Jun, founder and chairman of Xiaomi Technology.

China handset shipments decline almost 22% in 2014

Jan 13, 16:07

China shipped a total of 452 million handsets in 2014, decreasing 21.9% from 579 million units shipped a year earlier, according to data from China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).

Synnex Technology December revenues up sequentially

Jan 13, 10:56

Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$31.94 billion (US$1.01 billion) for December, increasing 23.5% sequentially but decreasing 0.3% on year.

China market: Coolpad aims to ship 15-20 million Great God-branded smartphones in fiscal 2015

Jan 12, 23:07

China-based smartphone vendor Coolpad is currently marketing its smartphones in three brands - Coolpad, Great God and ivvi, and shipments of its Great God-series handsets are expected to reach 15-20 million units in fiscal 2015 (from April 2015 to March 2016), according to industry sources.

HTC has China-based Shanghai Huaqin produce the Desire 526G dual sim

Newswatch - Jan 12, 23:04

HTC has had China-based Shanghai Huaqin Telecom Technology undertake OEM production of its entry-level 3G smartphone, the Desire 526G dual sim, which features a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Smartphone vendors to resume hardware competition in 2015

Jan 12, 11:17

Handset makers are expected to resume hardware competition for their new smartphones in 2015 focusing on upgrading the specifications of display and camera functions, according to industry observers.

Arima reports over 30% sequential revenue drop for December

Stockwatch - Jan 12, 10:59

Taiwan-based handset ODM Arima Communications has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.84 billion (US$57.65 million) for December 2014, down 36.4% sequentially and 0.2% on year.

Samsung to post lower sales and profits for 2014

Jan 8, 21:21

Based on the company's guidance for the fourth quarter, Samsung Electronics is set to post a sales decline in 2014.

Digitimes Research: China white-box players accelerate LTE tablet supply to Russia vendors

Jan 8, 12:02

Despite the fact that Russia's IT market has been greatly impacted by the fast depreciation of the country's currency, Digitimes Research expects demand for LTE tablets from Russia to continue growing in 2015 due to the rise of its regional brand vendors and strong consumer demand for high price/performance-ratio...

HTC ties up with Under Armour for product development

Jan 8, 07:43

HTC will team up with US-based sports gear brand Under Armour (UA) to launch a series of hardware devices that can connect with UA's sports community platform, UA Record, for access to fitness management and health care applications.

China market: Nokia to introduce N1 tablet

Jan 7, 16:01

Nokia will officially unveil its new tablet, the N1, in Beijing on January 7. The N1, which runs on Android 5.0 OS, is expected to be available for US$249, according to industry sources.

TCL Communication looking to acquire Palm brand name

Jan 7, 15:25

TCL Communication Technology plans to acquire the Palm brand name to enhance the brand image of TCL, according to a China-based it.sohu.com report, citing company CEO George Guo.

CES 2015: Asustek showcases ZenFone 2, ZenFone Zoom

Jan 7, 14:51

Asustek Computer is exhibiting two Android 5.0-based smartphones, the ZenFone 2 and ZenFone Zoom, at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas during January 6-9.

Asustek ZenFone 2 smartphone
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