Asustek Computer reportedly has been in talk with China-based mobile game distributor Tencent to release a gaming smartphone that supports Tencent's games, but has recently encountered competition from Razer, which also has the same intention, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Huawei eyeing smartphone market crown in 2019
Huawei has set ambitious goals for its smartphone operations in 2019, aiming to unseat Samsung as the world's largest smartphone vendor, according to industry sources.
China-based vendors' smartphone shipments are expected to fall 8.2% on year to below 140 million units in the first quarter of 2019, as exports will slow down due to seasonality and domestic demand will remain weak, Digitimes Research estimates.
Shipments of Android-based smartphones featuring 3D sensing technology are set to boom in 2019, propelled by the increasing adoption of back-end time-of-flight (ToF) sensor solutions, according to Digitimes Research.
The ban on the use of 5G equipment from Huawei by US-led allies and telecom operators on concern of information security is casting shadows on the near-term prospects of Taiwan-based optical component suppliers as orders from Huawei currently account for 10-15% of their annual sales, according to industry...
Epitaxial wafer supplier Visual Photonics Epitaxy Company (VPEC) has entered the supply chain for Samsung's new mobile devices featuring biometric technology slated for launch in the second half of 2019, according to industry sources.
More panel makers step into hole-punch display segment
More flat panel makers are enhancing their deployments in the hole-punch handset panel sector as more handset brands will follow the steps of Samsung Electronics and Huawei to launch new models with hole-punch display design, according to industry sources.
Smartphone shipments in the China market are forecast to continue to fall over 10% on-year to below 80 million in the first quarter of 2019 following an around 20% decline in fourth-quarter 2018, according to Digitimes Research.
Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top two semiconductor chip buyers in 2018, representing 17.9% of the total worldwide market, according to Gartner. Meanwhile, the top-10 OEMs increased their share of chip spending to 40.2%, up from 39.4% in 2017.
Shipments of touch and memory modules by Apple's iPhone supply chain makers are expected to suffer significant setbacks in the first quarter of 2019 due largely to disappointing sales of iPhone XS and XR series products.
Taiwan supply chain makers of Apple's three major product lines beyond iPhones will see mixed shipment prospects for 2019, with shipments of MacBook series expected to fall from 2018 and those of AirPods and Apple Watch likely to pick up significantly on the availability of new models.
China's handset brands have continued gearing up efforts to upgrade hardware specs of their new smartphones to be launched in 2019 as they seek to further expand global sales, according to industry sources.
Huawei to adopt SLP in flagship devices
Huawei reportedly will follow in the footsteps of Apple and Samsung in adopting substrate-like PCBs (SLP) in its flagship smartphone series.
Xiaomi reportedly has been using flexible AMOLED panels from China's flat panel maker Visionox to develop its foldable smartphones, according to industry sources.
Smartphone shipments in China totaled 396 million units in 2018, the lowest level since 2013, according to Canalys. Shipments for the fourth quarter of 2018 fell for the seventh consecutive quarter sequentially.
BOE Technology, which has adopted an aggressive strategy by foraying into the flexible AMOLED panel sector and stopping further investment in LTPS TFT LCD technology, is likely to maintain its leadership in China's smartphone panel sector in 2019 despite increasing competition from fellow companies,...
Taiwan firms gearing up for OLED market boom
With more LCD panel suppliers capable of producing in commercial volume OLED displays for smartphones, Taiwan-based driver IC firms and related backend houses are gearing up to grow their presence in the OLED panel segment in 2019, according to industry sources.
Neurobit launches nystagmus-recording smart glasses
Neurobit Technologies has developed wireless smart glasses that can record nystagmus waveforms and analyze related imaging data to make early prediction and prevention of strokes and other brain diseases, according to Jim Huang, co-founder and chief design officer (CDO) of the Taiwan-based startup.
VR applications are spearheading into the fields such as sports tournaments and concerts, despite a recent setback in IMAX's announcement that it plans to close all of its IMAX VR centers in 2019.
The global smartphone market has experienced a significant boost in brand concentration rate amid lackluster sales sentiment, and brand vendors are aggressively moving to stimulate sales by introducing more differentiated and innovative designs such as hole-punch and foldable screens, providing a new...
While chipmakers and brand vendors of smartphones are striving to seek a preemptive presence in the segments of 5G IPs, patents and AP chips, the most critical 5G modem chip solutions are now still a space dominated by three leading chipmakers Qualcomm, Intel and MediaTek.
New Android-based smartphones rolled out for 2019 will have some core components upgraded, particularly the upgrade to 10GB or more RAM in flagship devices, according to industry sources.
China vendors set pricing for initial 5G phones
China's vendors are likely to adopt a pricing strategy selling their 5G smartphones at about CNY500 (US$74) more than their current price ranges to increase profitability in 2019, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.
More mobile SoC suppliers are expected to start sampling their 5G-capable solutions at the end of 2019, which will spur further demand for 7nm fabrication processes at foundries, according to Digitimes Research.
As millimeter wave (mmWave) is likely to serve as the first frontier technology to mobilize Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) applications in the 5G commercial market from 2019-2020, Qualcomm is actively deploying in the mmWave sector in order to maintain its technology advantage, according to Digitimes...
Taiwan large-size LCD panels – 4Q 2018
With weak seasonal demand, Taiwan's large-size LCD panel shipments dropped 3.7% sequentially to arrive at 62.38 million units...
Taiwan small- to mid-size LCD panels – 4Q 2018
Taiwan's small- to medium-size panel shipments slipped 22.1% sequentially and 23.1% on year to arrive at only 240.55 million...
China smartphone market and industry - 4Q 2018
China smartphone market experienced a sluggish fourth-quarter in 2018 amid a weakening economy, instead of strong domestic demand...
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,...
iPhone shipment analysis and forecast, 2H18
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