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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.

HTC to launch its M8 Life flagship smartphone in 4Q14

Sep 30, 15:22

HTC is expected to launch its new flagship smartphone, the M8 Life, in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to China-based media reports.

Apple to receive iPad panels sized 9.7- and 12.9-inch from Samsung in 2H14, says report

Sep 30, 15:15

Samsung Display is gearing up to provide Apple with 9.7- and 12.9-inch panels for its new iPad series, according to a report from Korea-based news source inews24.

Foxconn hiring workers for iPhone 6-series smartphones

Sep 30, 14:28

Strong demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is pushing Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to start large-scale hiring at its plants in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou, China, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

China market: China-based vendors may surpass international vendors in TD-LTE smartphone shipments

Sep 29, 23:47

In the China market, China-based vendors have a significant advantage in pricing for TD-LTE smartphones compared with international vendors and therefore are seeing combined shipments that soon stand a chance of exceeding international vendors, according to China-based handset supply chain makers.

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China vendors are furthering their influence in the entry-level handset market with CNY1,000 handsets

Sep 29, 23:18

China vendors are furthering their influence in the entry-level handset market with CNY1,000 (US$162) handsets while major international vendors such as Samsung Electronics and Apple are dominating the high-end segment.

iPhone 6 panel demand expected at 116 million in 2014, says report

Newswatch - Sep 29, 15:38

Panel demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is expected at 116 million units in 2014, according to a new report from the China Times.

Foxconn assisting China smartphone vendors, looking to reduce reliance on Apple

Sep 29, 15:01

Despite having strong performance thanks to iPhone sales, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been aggressively helping its China-based smartphone clients such as Xiaomi, Meitu, Oppo and Meizu boost their sales and is looking to increase the revenue contribution from non-Apple players,...

Android smartphone vendors speeding up migration to 64-bit architecture

Sep 29, 14:11

With Google planning to release its Android L OS soon, which supports 64-bit processors, Android-based smartphone vendors will speed up their migration to the 64-bit architecture, making 64-bit CPUs mainstream technology for smartphones in the second half of 2015, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Microsoft to release new inexpensive notebook solution; unlikely to receive full support from vendors

Sep 29, 14:09

Microsoft has provided brand vendors its Windows 8.1 with Bing solution, offering low Windows licensing fees enabling them to sell notebooks at US$249 or lower. Following the initial release on June 1, 2014, Microsoft is set to release a new solution in February 2015.

Inventec chairman sees no effect on Taiwan government banning Xiaomi smartphone usage, says paper

Newswatch - Sep 26, 16:10

The Taiwan government is planning to ban the usage of China-based Xiaomi's handsets by government employees due to the possibility of data leakage. However, Inventec chairman Richard Lee believes the plan will not significantly affect its shipments, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily...

Asustek struggling to stay competitive in IT market, say Taiwan ODMs

Sep 26, 14:03

Compared to Lenovo which is supported by large demand in the domestic market as well as Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell which have gained the upper hand in the enterprise segment by providing supporting software services, Asustek Computer, which is still dithering among the notebook, tablet and handset...

Tablet sales momentum to slow down in 2015, say IC suppliers

Sep 25, 14:56

The growth momentum of global tablet sales is expected to slow down in 2015 due to the rising popularity of large-size smartphones and a rebound in demand for notebooks, according to related PC chip suppliers.

iPhone 6 Plus: US$100 costlier for consumers, US$15.50 more expensive for Apple to make, says IHS

Sep 24, 16:29

For consumers opting to buy Apple's iPhone 6 Plus rather than the iPhone 6, the additional 0.8-inch of screen size will cost US$100 extra. However, for Apple, the iPhone 6 Plus costs only about US$16 more to produce, delivering to the company an even heftier margin than normal for its wildly popular...

Taiwan market: HTC leads in August smartphone sale

Newswatch - Sep 24, 14:48

HTC was the largest smartphone vendor in the Taiwan market in August, accounting for 22% in terms of unit sales and 25% in terms of sales value, according to Taiwan-based Central News Agency (CNA).

LG to announce new smartphone with in-house AP, says report

Sep 23, 14:12

LG Electronics reportedly will release a 5.9-inch smartphone using its in-house developed application processor (AP) in October at the earliest or by the end of 2014 at the latest, according to a Korean-language Money Today report citing sources from Korea's IT industry.

Sony Mobile to focus on high-end smartphones, will decrease ODM orders, say Taiwan makers

Sep 22, 22:43

Sony Mobile Communications, in view of its unsatisfactory smartphone sales performance, has cut its smartphone business personnel by 15% and adjusted operational strategies by focusing on high-end models to seek profitability instead of global market share, and the adjustment is likely to result in...

Taiwan market: Meizu likely to launch smartphone MX4

Sep 22, 22:40

China-based smartphone vendor Meizu Telecom Equipment is interested in tapping the Taiwan market and talking with local online store operators about cooperation to launch the MX4, a mid-range to high-end model, in the market possibly around the end of 2014, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Commercial replacement demand upholding global PC shipments in 2014, says MIC

Sep 22, 16:18

Shipment volume of global PC systems - comprising of notebooks and desktops - is forecast to reach around 299 million units in 2014, down 0.1% on year, according to MIC.

Digitimes Research: Intel cooperation with Fossil to develop smartwatches will help expand influence in wearables market

Sep 19, 14:37

Intel's cooperation with Fossil to develop smartwatches equipped with Android Wear will help Intel expand its influence in the wearables market as well as extend Google's influence in the market.

China market: HTC to launch mid-range flagship HTC Desire 820

Sep 19, 14:24

HTC will start marketing its mid-range flagship smartphone, the HTC Desire 820, a TD-LTE/FDD LTE-enabled model, in China on September 26. HTC also accepted pre-sale orders beginning on September 18.

China market: Leading smartphone vendors beefing up retail, online marketing

Sep 19, 10:44

As the three mobile telecom carriers in the China market have reduced subsidies for smartphone plans, leading China-based smartphone vendors including Huawei Device, Lenovo, ZTE and Coolpad have been enhancing marketing through retail chains and online stores to decrease reliance on telecoms, according...

Worldwide smartwatch and wristband market poised for takeoff, says Gartner

Sep 18, 16:13

As smartphone vendors and component suppliers continue to expand into the wearables market, Gartner predicts that by 2016 smartwatches will comprise about 40% of consumer wristworn devices. Gartner said that seven out of the top-10 smartphone vendors have entered the wearable market to date or are...

Foxconn donates 3 smart classrooms in Taiwan

Sep 18, 15:13

Foxconn Electronics will donate hardware, software, integrated system platforms and high-speed Internet to set up smart e-learning classrooms in three senior high schools in Taiwan.

Apple Watch to come with AMOLED panels from LG Display

Sep 17, 15:53

LG Display will supply Apple AMOLED panels for the Apple Watch, with shipments expected to reach about five million a month in 2015, according to sources at LG Display.

Digitimes Research: IFA shows Android tablet vendors adding value instead of price cuts

Sep 17, 15:06

IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany during September 5-10 showed that Android tablet vendors are not looking to offer entry-level models for price-cut competition and instead offered models equipped with 3D depth-of-field cameras, water-, dust- and shock-proof features, high-resolution touch panels, and LTE...

China-based handset vendors unlikely to launch Android One smartphones

Sep 17, 12:06

China-based handset vendors are unlikely to launch Android One smartphones as the price/performance ratio of Android One models is inferior to some of low-priced Android-based smartphones rolled out by China's handset vendors, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus sell out fast in online pre-order, says paper

Newswatch - Sep 17, 11:22

Chunghwa Telecom on September 16 began online pre-ordering for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and sold out 60,000 units available at the first batch in only 40 minutes, according to Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News.

TSMC sees follow-up IC orders for iPhone 6 devices

Sep 16, 22:33

Foreign chipset suppliers have placed follow-up orders for chips to be used in iPhone 6 devices with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), extending order visibility of foundry houses to the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.

China market: CNY500 4G smartphones expected to be launched by end of 2014, says China Mobile Device president

Sep 16, 22:03

While there have been many 4G smartphones for sale at retail prices of CNY1,000 (US$163) or below in the China market, China-based vendors including Coolpad and Lenovo are expected to launch models for sale at CNY500 or below by the end of 2014, according to president He Ning for China Mobile Device,...

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AUO enters Sony SmartWatch 3 supply chain

Sep 16, 22:00

AU Optronics (AUO) has entered Sony Mobile's supply chain for its SmartWatch 3 and will supply 1.6-inch panels.

Android One smartphones released, says MediaTek

Newswatch - Sep 16, 15:38

The first wave of Android One devices featuring MediaTek's MT6582 mobile system-on-chip (mobile SoC) based on ARM CortexTM A7 processors have been launched, according to MediaTek.

Apple iPhone 6 products may suffer same dilemma as iPhone 5S/5C

Sep 15, 21:35

Apple estimates that demand for the iPhone 6 in 2014 will be around 60 million units while demand for the iPhone 6 Plus will be around 15 million, according to sources from the upstream supply chain, who added that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may also suffer from iPhone 5S and 5C's dilemma, whereby the...

Huawei, Lenovo looking to enhance presence in high-end smartphone segment

Sep 15, 21:32

The new flagship smartphones recently unveiled by China-based handset vendors Huawei and Lenovo aim to enhance their presence in the high-end smartphone segment, according to industry sources.

4G smartphone prices expected to fall to below US$100 in 1H15, say Taiwan makers

Sep 15, 21:22

Mainly because Qualcomm has offered an inexpensive 4G chip solution to compete with Taiwan-based MediaTek and market competition for 4G smartphones among China-based vendors has been heating up, prices for a 4G smartphone have dropped to below US$200 and are expected to further slip to below US$100...

Taiwan market: Smartphone shipments in 2Q14 rise to 2.32 million units, says IDC

Sep 15, 15:32

There were 2.32 million smartphones shipped in the Taiwan market in the second quarter of 2014, increasing 4% on quarter and 10% on year, according to IDC.

Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom sets iPhone 6 contract-bundled pricing

Sep 15, 11:00

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has announced contract-bundled purchase prices for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which are expected to be launched in the Taiwan market in late September, according to the company.

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to see 9.1% on-year growth in 3Q14

Sep 12, 15:39

Digitimes Research expects global tablet shipments to reach 68.51 million units in the third quarter, up 23.8% sequentially and 9.1% on year, and non-Apple tablet vendors' shipments, which suffered from weaker-than-expected performance during the second quarter, are expected to see a recovery in the...

Digitimes Research: Market share of smartphone brands to undergo significant changes in 4Q14

Sep 12, 14:29

Market share of smartphone vendors in China is likely to fluctuate significantly soon due to the development of 4G market and the roll-outs of the latest flagship models, highlighted by the shipment performance of new phones under the cooperation between Apple and telecom operators beginning in late...

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 210 for entry-level 4G smartphones, tablets

Sep 12, 11:51

Qualcomm has announced a range of new products and technologies designed to drive high-performance computing and connectivity to entry-level and mainstream smartphones and tablets. The newest addition to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 tier, the Snapdragon 210 processor, will offer integrated multimode...

Foxconn reports slight sequential revenue gains for August

Sep 11, 16:11

Foxconn Electronics has reported revenues of NT$275.08 billion (US$9.18 billion) for August, up 5.71% sequentially but down 1.91% on year. For the first eight months of 2014, revenues totaled NT$2.29 trillion, edging up 0.5% from a year earlier.

Digitimes Research: Top-5 notebook vendors and top-3 ODMs see 5-10% on-month shipment growth in August

Sep 11, 15:46

Although the IT market has already started preparing for back-to-school demand, the global top-five notebook vendors' combined shipments and top-three ODMs' combined shipments only achieved 5-10% on-month growths in August, lower than those of the same month a year ago.

Component suppliers preparing parts for production of 80 million iPhone 6s before year-end 2014

Newswatch - Sep 11, 11:13

Makers in the iPhone supply chain are preparing parts and components for production of up to 80 million units of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus before year-end 2014, according to sources at Taiwan-based iPhone supply chain.

Quanta lands half of Acer notebook orders for 2015

Sep 10, 22:33

Quanta Computer has landed orders for Acer's 15-inch notebooks for 2015, which will account for 45-50% of Acer's overall orders. Quanta will become Acer's largest ODM partner and also the largest notebook maker in 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

FIH investment in CExchange targets China market

Sep 10, 15:37

FIH Mobile, a Hong Kong-listed smartphone ODM belonging to the Foxconn Group, has made a strategic investment of US$10.5 million for a 30% stake in CExchange, a US-based provider of consumer electronics trade-in, buy-back and recycling services.

IDF 2014: Intel unveils new developer tools, future technologies spanning tablets, analytics, wearable devices and PCs

Sep 10, 15:24

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich kicked off Intel's annual technical conference with a set of computing initiatives and projects showing how the company is going to enable new market segments where everything is smart and connected. Krzanich and other executives announced new hardware and software developer...

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