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Taiwan market: Samsung launches Galaxy S6, S6 Edge

Mar 27, 13:12

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its new flagship family products, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy 6S Edge, in the Taiwan market and the new smartphones will be available starting April 10, according to Samsung Taiwan.

Tablet vendors looking to tackle niche markets in 2015

Mar 26, 22:29

Tablet vendors are looking to tackle niche markets in 2015 including the industrial, commercial and education segments as the global tablet market is expected to take further hits due to rising influence from large-size smartphones.

Connected embedded navigation shipments to exhibit a CAGR of 31.6% between 2015-2020, says ABI Research

Mar 26, 22:17

Embedded navigation shipments will receive a much-needed boost with a CAGR of 31.6% between 2016-2020 as more and more consumer vehicles are sold with some form of embedded connectivity or smartphone integration systems, according to ABI Research.

Lenovo separates mobile business unit by brand

Mar 26, 22:14

The Lenovo Group has separated its mobile business unit by brand, with its vice president Zhang Hui responsible for global sales of Lenovo brand smartphones, while vice president Collin Giles, a former executive of Nokia, will handle global sales of Motorola smartphones, according to a China-based...

Apple rumored entry-level iPhone 6C to be made by Wistron

Mar 26, 15:05

Apple is reportedly planning to unveil a new range of iPhones in the second half, and among the new smartphones, the 4-inch entry-level iPhone 6C is expected to be manufactured by Wistron, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, the ODM declined to comment on clients or orders.

Apple to tap emerging markets again with iPhone 6C, say sources

Mar 26, 15:01

Apple reportedly plans to release a 4-inch iPhone model, tentatively referred to as iPhone 6C, to replace its predecessor the iPhone 5C in the second half of 2015, targeting the entry-level to mid-range smartphone segment, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply chain.

TSMC to supply chips for rumored iPhone 6S and 6C

Mar 25, 22:32

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will remain the major processor supplier for Apple in the second half of 2015 as the foundry will supply 20nm chips for an upcoming 6C model and 16nm FinFET chips for 6S models, according to industry sources.

FPCB suppliers to enjoy better than expected sales in 1H15

Mar 25, 21:54

Sales momentum of iPhone 6 devices has continued in the first half of 2015, particularly in the second quarter, which will enable Taiwan-based flexible PCB suppliers including Zhen Ding Technology Holding, Career Technology and Flexium Interconnect to post stronger than expected sales performance in...

Apple to release 3 iPhone models in 2H15

Mar 25, 21:51

Apple will release three different iPhones in the second half of 2015, the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and a 4-inch device currently being referred to as iPhone 6C, according to industry sources.

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Apple Watch yields have been low but are increasing, say touch panel makers

Mar 25, 21:50

Following low yields for the Apple Watch in the first quarter of 2015 that reportedly were mostly below 50%, supply chain makers for the device including touch panel maker TPK have noted that yields are on the rise and that total shipments for the device during 2015 are expected to reach at least 15...

China market: Asustek launches new ZenFone smartphone

Newswatch - Mar 25, 15:50

Asustek Computer has launched its second-generation ZenFone smartphone in China with pricing starting at CNY1,299 (US$209) and the device is expected to pose a strong threat to China-based Xiaomi's flagship product, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Digitimes Research: Samsung to rank as top smartphone vendor in 2015

Mar 25, 12:28

Samsung Electronics will lead the world's top-10 smartphone vendor rankings in 2015, followed by Apple, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Huawei, Xiaomi Technology, Microsoft, TCL Communication Technology, Coolpad and Oppo, according to Digitimes Research.

FIH Mobile likely to set up new production base in India

Mar 24, 22:17

FIH Mobile is likely to set up a new production base in India in order to produce handsets for local brand vendor Micromax as well as for China's Xiaomi Technology, according to industry sources.

China market buoying iPhone shipments

Mar 24, 20:58

Sales of Apple's iPhone 6 have been strong particularly in China driving growth in the smartphone's shipments, according to sources at upstream suppliers.

China market driving iPhone shipment growth

Microsoft to add services onto more Samsung devices

Mar 24, 15:53

Microsoft and Samsung Electronics have expanded their global partnership to bring Microsoft mobile productivity services to more consumers and business customers. Samsung is planning to pre-install Microsoft services and apps on its portfolio of Android devices and will deliver secured mobile productivity...

As tablets slow and PCs face ongoing challenges, smartphones to grab ever-larger share of SCD market through 2019, says IDC

Mar 23, 16:01

According to a new forecast from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker, the combined market of smartphones, tablets plus 2-in-1s, and PCs is set to grow from 1.8 billion units in 2014 to 2.5 billion units in 2019. During that time, smartphones will grow to represent the overwhelming...

Motorola new production base to commence operations in mid-May, says report

Mar 23, 15:31

The new production base of Motorola Mobility in Wuhan, China will commence commercial production on May 11, according to a Chinese-language tech.sina.com report.

Foxconn denies iPhone 6 devices were stolen from plant

Mar 23, 12:00

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has issued a statement denying that some 4,000 handsets which were stolen from its plant in Zhengzhou, China were iPhone 6 devices.

HTC appoints Cher Wang as new CEO

Mar 23, 11:54

The board of directors of HTC has named Cher Wang, chairperson and co-founder of HTC, as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Former CEO Peter Chou will transition to a strategic new role leading future product innovation, according to HTC.

Taiwan market: LG launch curved LG G Flex 2

Mar 23, 11:17

LG Electronics has unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the LG G Flex 2, in the Taiwan market, and it will be available starting April 1.

LG launches LG G Flex 2

Sony to reduce TV and smartphone orders to Taiwan production partners

Mar 23, 11:14

In the wake of continued slow sales of its LCD and smartphone products, Sony is expected to lower the sales ratio of low-margin products and thus will adjust its outsourcing policy, a move which will affect Taiwan-based ODM/OEM partners, including Foxconn Electronics, TPV Technology and Arima Communications,...

FIH Mobile net profits up 118% in 2014

Mar 20, 15:27

FIH Mobile has reported revenues of US$6.83 billion for 2014, increasing 36.7% from a year earlier. Net profits for 2014 reached US$169 million, up 118% from the previous year.

Arima Communications may be hit by Sony Mobile decreasing orders

Mar 20, 15:09

Taiwan-based handset ODM Arima Communications is expected to face mounting pressure on its operations as its major client Sony Mobile Communications is likely to further reduce its ODM smartphone orders for 2015, according to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Sony Mobile to reach revised smartphone shipment target for fiscal 2014, say Taiwan makers

Mar 20, 11:34

Sony Mobile Communications saw its smartphone shipments increase 20.2% sequentially to 11.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, bringing combined shipments for the first three quarters of its fiscal 2014 (April 2014-March 2015) to 31.2 million units, according to company data.

Asustek Computer to deal out 2014 dividend of NT$17

Stockwatch - Mar 20, 11:26

Asustek Computer on March 19 decided to distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$17 (US$0.54) for 2014, accounting for 64.86% of the corresponding net EPS of NT$26.21.

Commentary: Xiaomi heading for a bumpy road

Mar 20, 11:02

In just over three years Xiaomi Technology has become one of the top-five smartphone vendors globally, and company founder and CEO Lei Jun has stated that Xiaomi will aim to become the world's top smartphone vendor in the next 5-10 years.

Digitimes Research: Global smartphone shipments in 2015 to reach 1.401 billion units

Mar 19, 22:42

There will be 1.401 billion smartphones shipped globally in 2015, increasing on year by 16.4%, according to Digitimes Research.

Synnex Technology nets NT$3.16 for 2014

Mar 18, 15:12

IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International on March 18 released its financial report for the fourth quarter of 2014, posting net EPS of NT$3.16 (US$0.10), according to the company.

Shipments of iPhone 6 devices to reach 53 million units in 1Q15, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 18, 15:11

Apple is expected to ship 53 million units of iPhone 6 devices in the first quarter of 2015, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, citing data from Morgan Stanley. The US-based investment institution forecast previously iPhone 6-series shipments for the quarter to reach...

Sony announces fiscal 3Q14 financial results

Mar 17, 19:59

Sony has announced its financial results for fiscal third-quarter 2014, ending December 31, 2014. Sales and operating revenues were JPY2.566 trillion (US$21.213 billion), an increase of 6.5% on year.

China vendors to ship over 50 million Android smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015

Mar 17, 15:27

Shipments of Android-based smartphones with fingerprint sensors by China-based handset makers are expected to reach over 50 million units in 2015, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies.

Digitimes Research: More China-based smartphone vendors gearing up efforts to promote overseas sales

Mar 17, 14:45

More China-based smartphone vendors, including second-tier Gionee, Zopo and Haier, appear to have geared up efforts to promote sales of their smartphones in overseas markets, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan market: Sony Mobile launches stainless steel SmartWatch 3

Newswatch - Mar 17, 13:58

Sony Mobile Communications has launched the stainless steel version of its SmartWatch 3 in the Taiwan market priced at NT$9,990 (US$315).

Taiwan market: HTC delays delivery of HTC One M9, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 17, 11:54

HTC has delayed the delivery of its new flagship model, the HTC One M9, at its exclusive retail shops and online shop in the Taiwan market, citing the delay was caused by an upgrade of the software for an improvement of user experience, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...

VAIO expected to become strong competitor to Sony in smartphone industry

Mar 16, 22:18

Japan-based notebook brand vendor VAIO, originally Sony's notebook department that was later sold to investment firm Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), has recently launched a VAIO branded smartphone and is expected to become a strong competitors of Sony's Xperia smartphones, according to sources from...

Taiwan market: TWM to begin contract-bundled sale of HTC One M9

Mar 16, 21:59

Taiwan Mobile (TWM), one of the five 4G mobile telecom carriers in Taiwan, on March 16 announced the sale of HTC One M9, a flagship smartphone offered by Taiwan-based vendor HTC, bundled with a 30-month contract at a monthly charge rate of NT$1,399 (US$44.4) and a price of NT$5,990 for the smartphone...

Smartphone HTC One M9

Xiaomi seeking to set up India production plant jointly with Foxconn, Inventec

Mar 16, 16:05

Xiaomi Technology is currently in talks with its Taiwan-based production partners Foxconn Electronics and Inventec for the possibility of jointly setting up a smartphone plant in India, according to Xiaomi's co-founder and president Lin Bin.

Xiaomi to strengthen cooperation with Taiwan handset supply chain

Mar 16, 14:55

Xiaomi Technology looks to further expand its cooperation with Taiwan-based makers in the handset supply chain as it continues to ramp up its shipment volume, according to company co-founder and president Lin Bin.

Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin

Handset vendors shifting strategies due to competition from Apple and Samsung

Mar 16, 14:16

Handset vendors are adjusting their strategies for 2015 to focus more on mid-range models and lower-priced, high-specification units as Apple and Samsung Electronics are expected to dominate the high-end segment, according to supply chains in Taiwan.

Taiwan market: HTC expects M9 to be top-selling smartphone in flagship segment

Mar 13, 15:35

The HTC One M9 will continue to rank as the top-selling flagship model among its peers in the Taiwan smartphone market, as did its predecessor the One M8, according to Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia.

HTC new flagship smartphone the HTC One M9

Taiwan market: HTC to launch HTC One M9

Mar 12, 22:39

HTC will launch its flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9, in the Taiwan market on March 16 at a recommended retail price of NT$21,900 (US$694) for 32GB and NT$23,900 for 64GB, according to the company.

Sony Mobile Taiwan head refutes rumors of selling mobile business

Mar 12, 13:51

Jonathan Lin, general manager of Sony Mobile Communications Taiwan, has re-stated that Sony does not have any plans to put its mobile device business unit up for sale, and will continue to focus on developing smartphones, tables and wearable products.

Jonathan Lin, general manager of Sony Mobile Taiwan

Taiwan market: LG launches mobile products for teenagers and children

Mar 12, 11:59

LG Electronics has launched a new mid-range smartphone the LG AKA for the 10-18 age group and the KizOn smart bracelet for children in the Taiwan market.

Digitimes Research: LG, Sony Mobile, Acer highlight entry-level, mid-range smartphones at MWC

Mar 11, 22:07

In light of slowing sales of high-end smartphones, vendors including LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications and Acer all highlighted their new entry-level and mid-range models at the recently concluded MWC 2015 targeting emerging markets, according to Digitimes Research.

Pegatron February revenues up on year

Mar 11, 15:30

Pegatron Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$69.28 billion (US$2.2 billion) for February, decreasing 41.31% on month but increasing 18.51% on year, and NT$187.33 billion for January-February, rising 24.9% on year.

Acer revenues fall in February

Stockwatch - Mar 11, 14:43

Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$20.644 billion (US$652.82 million) for February 2015, representing a 9.09% drop on month and 15.64% drop on year.

Asustek suffers revenues drop in February

Mar 11, 14:34

Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$34.79 billion (US$1.10 billion) for February 2015, decreasing 0.53% on month and 4.98% on year, and NT$69.76 billion for January-February, dipping 2.71% on year.

Taiwan market: Major smartphone brands to release new models soon

Mar 10, 22:33

Competition in Taiwan's smartphone market is set to heat up in the coming quarter as major vendors including Sony Mobile Communications, LG Electronics and HTC all plan to introduce their latest models into the local market soon.

Taiwan supply chains to benefit from Apple Watch release

Mar 10, 20:55

A number of supply chains in Taiwan, including those for touch panels, system assembly, NFC chips, wireless charging and flexible PCBs, are to benefit from the release Apple Watch devices, according to industry sources.

Xiaomi aims to take No. 1 smartphone vendor ranking in 10 years, says CEO

Mar 10, 14:52

Xiaomi Technology aims to become the number one smartphone vendor globally in terms of market share within 10 years, according to company chairman and CEO Lei Jun.

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