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  • Google R&D VP Peter Rrunuske
    Google has launched the latest models of its Pixel lineup, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, in the Taiwan market, taking pre-orders immediately with delivery to begin on November 1.
  • iphone
    Despite the iPhone XR slated for launch in the latter half of October, Taiwan-based suppliers engaged in the Apple supply chain remain cautious about orders for the new iPhone series for the rest of 2018, according to industry sources.
  • Samsung to bring the Galaxy A7, A9 to Taiwan soon
    Samsung Electronics plans to launch its newly released Galaxy A7 in the Taiwan market in early November, priced at NT$10,990 (US$356), targeting the mid-range segment, according to market sources.
  • InforCharge wireless charging station
    Taiwan-based wireless charging solution provider InforCharge has expanded its business reach to the multimedia advertisement area and has adopted artificial intelligence (AI) facial recognition technology to maximize the benefits of advertisements.
  • IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$37.156 billion (US$1.21 billion) for September, increasing 4.23% sequentikally and 0.09% on year.
  • Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.38 trillion (US$44.4 billion) for the third quarter of 2018, up 27.6% sequentially and 27.7% on year.
  • Asustek has seen difficulties improving its business in 2H18
    Asustek Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$40.21 billion (US$1.28 billion) for September, rising 19% on month, but dropping 11% on year. Consolidated revenues for the third quarter increased 14% sequentially to arrive at NT$102.7 billion, whch however represents a 10% drop compared...
  • Quanta Computer's September sales dropped while most other major notebook ODMs saw their revenues for the month increase.
  • LG Electronics has announced its preliminary earnings results for the third quarter of 2018, posting an operating profit of KRW745.5 billion (US$656.55 million), up 44.4% on year.
  • Undeterred by the planned launch of iPhone XR at the end of October, vendors of Android phones, including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Vivo, are launching new models in Taiwan to continue to foster their market share, according to market sources.
  • HTC saw its revenues fall 9.35% on month and 80.71% on year to a 15-year low of NT$1.26 billion (US$40.69 million) in September.
  • Major China-based smartphone vendors including Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi have gained more bargaining chips when negotiating prices with their chip suppliers, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.
  • Samsung Electronics has provided its earnings guidance for the third quarter of 2018, estimating record operating profits of about KRW17.5 trillion (US$15.5 billion) on consolidated revenues of approximately KRW65 trillion.
  • 5G
    With the global communications industry beginning to migrate from 4G to 5G from 2019 onwards, Apple may find it difficulty to determine its iPhone product mix and pricing strategy, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.
  • Huawei is expanding global market share with Honor branded products
    China-based smartphone vendors have continued to launch sub-brand products targeting different markets with diverse positioning and marketing strategies as they look to further expand their market share globally, according to industry sources.
  • Sharp has announced a plan to launch a new flagship smartphone, the Aquos zero, in the fourth quarter of 2018 in Japan and Taiwan initially.
  • Despite efforts by makers including Samsung Electronics, HTC, Sony and Oculus to accelerate the development of the VR industry globally, sales of VR devices, particularly, the high-end models, have remained lower than expected in 2018, according to industry sources.
  • Global smartphone shipments are likely to be capped below 1.5 billion units in 2019 as the emerging 5G-enabled phones have yet to spur replacement demand and the building of a 4G smart feature phone ecosystem has yet to complete, according to Digitimes Research.
  • Taiwan-based IC design houses have seen chip orders for Android smartphones pick up recently as China brand vendors including Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi are rushing to release new-generation smartphone models to meet demand during the traditional fourth-quarter peak season, according to industry...
  • apple
    With sales of a series of Apple's products including the iPhone, MacBook, iMac, Apple TV, iPad and HomePod having fallen below expectations recently, Apple had better adjust its hardware-centric strategy to minimize its operation risks, according to sources from Taiwan's supply chain makers.
  • sharp
    Having seen its performance in the China market improve significantly thus far in 2018, Sharp aims to ramp up its yearly sales revenues in the market by 20% in 2019, according to sources at Sharp China.
  • Asustek has dismissed layoff rumors
    Asustek Compouter has dismissed a recent media report that claimed the company was ready to axe half of its gaming department's personnel with at least 300 employees to be affected, and to also lay off workers in its handset and notebook departments.
  • The teardowns and cost benchmarking team at IHS Markit has completed its preliminary physical review of the new iPhone XS Max. The model A1921 version of the smartphone sold in North America comes with 64GB of NAND memory and carries a bill of materials (BOM) of US$390, which is just US$20 higher than...
  • HTC chief decentralized officer Phip Chen
    HTC will launch its first blockchain-powered smartphone, the HTC Exodus, on schedule, with plans to start taking pre-orders in October and delivering the gadget in December 2018, according to company chief decentralized officer Phip Chen.
  • iPhone sales may perform weakly in the fourth quarter of 2018
    Demand for Apple's iPhone XS series is likely to slow down later in 2018 after the initial fanfares for the new gadgets fade away, due largely to the high pricing set for the new devices, particularly for the iPhone XS Max, according to sources from Taiwan's handset set supply chain.

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