Huawei has reportedly promised not to cut its orders with Taiwan's upstream and downstream supply chain partners and also inquired about the possibility of increasing their production capacity, a move in contrast to market speculation that Huawei could cut orders after being blacklisted by the Trump...
Oppo, Xiaomi see competition from their own sub-brands
Efforts by China's smartphone vendors Oppo and Xiaomi to push sales of sub-brand models with high price/performance ratios could affect the own-brand sales of the parent companies and other brands, according to industry sources.
Asustek pinning hopes on ZenFone 6, new ROG Phone
Asustek Computer has officially launched its next-generation ZenFone 6 smartphone at a product event in Spain, as it seeks to make a turnaround of its money-losing smartphone business.
Huawei tightening ties with Taiwan IC supply chain
China's largest telecom equipment maker Huawei and its chipmaking arm HiSilicon are ambitiously proceeding with their vertical and horizontal deployments in diverse chip solutions for smartphones and 5G devices, seeking to strengthen their self-sufficiency and outperform smartphone rivals amid the...
Sales of smartphones in the China market tumbled by 31.3% on quarter and 16.7% on year to 71.7 million units in the first quarter of 2019, Digitimes Research has estimated, as consumer confidence remained weak amid economic upheaval in the domestic market, and many handset brands were reducing their...
Substrate-like PCB demand looks promising
With more smartphone vendors looking to adopt substrate-like PCBs in their high-end models, and more other mobile devices including notebooks and tablets set to incorporate SLPs, SLP demand is expected to be bullish, according to industry sources.
Google unveils new Pixel phones, Nest Hub Max
While unveiling optimized services for Google Lens and Duplex on the web for voice recognition, and also touting other AI and AR technologies, Google also unveiled its high-performance Pixel 3a series products and the smart home device Nest Hub Max at Google I/O 2019.
Asustek swings back to profit in 1Q19
Asustek Computer has reported net profit of NT$2.19 billion (US$70.7 million) for the first quarter of 2019, a significant improvement from a net loss of NT$2.82 billion seen in the previous quarter, although the figures were still down 8% from a year earlier.
Asian Edge: China rising fast after 2000
Prior to 2000, the majority of China's industry was basically manufacturing businesses expanding from the Pearl River Delta to the Yangtze River Delta, and then onto Chengdu and Chongqing. However, with the production ecosystem growing mature, many of the supporting sectors also started to take shape,...
Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Facebook are five major Internet service providers of the US. Their relationships with China have gradually turned from collaborations to confrontations, as the country has been citing national security or the need to grow local enterprises to bar the US firms from...
HTC reports disappointing sales for April
HTC has reported its revenues tumbled 54.8% on month and 71.7% on year to a 17-year low of NT$592.65 million (US$19.17 million) in April.
Shipments of smartphones by China's handset makers shrank 30.5% on quarter and 5.8% on year to 140 million units in the first quarter of 2019, affected by weakened consumer confidence in the domestic market amid the US-China trade tensions and off-peak season effects in overseas market, according to...
Following four consecutive quarters of negative growth in 2018, the global smartphone market continued to struggle in the first quarter of 2019 suffering a 6.3% year-over-year decline in shipments. Shipments totaled 323.8 million units in the first quarter of 2019, down from 345.6 million during the...
Sporton positive about demand for 5G related devices
Demand for testing, inspection and certification will continue ramping up in the mobile device and other wireless communication sectors in the second quarter of 2019, as the industry is gearing up for the era of 5G commercialization, according to Sporton International.
Asian Edge: From PC to 5G
The PC market used to cater mainly to white-collar workers, with manufacturers relying mostly on HP and Dell. The traditional PC and handset assembly sector remains a stable supply chain with the US still being the largest market. Currently, Taiwan still accounts for 80% of the worldwide notebook manufacturing,...
Samsung posts revenue and profit declines in 1Q19
Samsung Electronics has reported operating profits of KRW6.2 trillion (US$5.3 billion) on consolidated revenues of KRW52.4 trillion for the first quarter of 2019. The profit and revenue results show declines of 60% and 13%, respectively, on year.
Taiwan moving to develop B5G, 6G tech
Despite 5G applications still at a budding stage, Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is actively seeking B5G (beyond 5G) and 6G academic research projects aiming to meet tech demand by 2030, according to ministry sources.
HTC plans to launch its second-generation blockchain-focused smartphone before year-end 2019 in an effort to boost its smartphone sales while continuing to expand its blockchain ecosystem, according to the company's chief decentralized officer Phil Chen.
IC backend house ASE Technology Holding and wafer probe card specialist Chunghwa Precision Test Tech (CHPT) are both engaged in the supply chain for HiSilicon's next-generation flagship solution dubbed Kirin 985 that will be manufactured using TSMC's EUV-based 7nm process technology, with volume production...
Asian Edge: On the Frontline of the ICT World
How is the trade war between the US and China affecting Taiwan, Japan and South Korea? Why are semiconductors and 5G becoming the key issues of their brawls? 5G technologies are bringing revolutionary changes to the ICT industry's operation and ecosystem. Apart from the economic benefits, they have...
China smartphone AP shipments picking up
Smartphone application processor (AP) shipments in China are forecast to increase 34.6% sequentially in the second quarter, following a 25.7% decline in the first quarter, according to Digitimes Research.
Samsung delays Galaxy Fold launch
Samsung Electronics has announced that it has decided to postpone the Galaxy Fold's launch for an unspecified period of time, as the company will fully evaluate the feedback of damage reports from reviewers and run further internal tests.
China-based second-tier smartphone vendors such as the Coosea Group (Koobee), Elephone and Transsion Holding have been enhancing their deployments in overseas markets with high price/performance models to sustain sales growth.
Merck has been rolling out efforts to advance its OLED inkjet printing technology aiming at driving the future development process of foldable smartphones, according to Dick Hsieh, managing director for Merck Taiwan, which held a ceremony recently to mark its 30 anniversary in Taiwan.
MediaTek is expected to kick off shipments of its Helio M70 5G modem chips to China smartphone vendors in the second quarter of 2019 to cash in on the first wave of 5G business opportunities, according to industry sources.
Taiwan LCD TVs – 1Q 2019
Taiwan's LCD TV shipments plunged 35.5% sequentially to reach only 6.26 million units in the first quarter of 2019 due mainly...
Taiwan large-size LCD panels – 1Q 2019
Taiwan's large-size panel shipments dropped 12.8% sequentially and 7.5% on year to come to 54.4 million units in the first quarter...
Taiwan small- to mid-size LCD panels – 1Q 2019
Small- to medium-size panel shipments went down 23.6% sequentially and 38.2% on year to arrive at only 183.74 million units.
Global AP demand forecast, 2017-2022
Amid bleak outlook for downstream vendors, uncertainties surrounding the US-China trade tension, factory relocation and exchange...
Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2019
According to Digitimes Research statistics and analyses, Taiwan-based server vendors, including suppliers of motherboards, end...
Global mobile device shipment forecasts, 2019 and beyond: Smartphones, notebooks and tablets
This Digitimes Research Special Report offers global shipment forecasts for three major mobile device market segments - smartphones,...