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  • Seen as an extension to the ongoing bilateral trade spats, the US Department of Commerce has imposed a ban on ZTE for sanctions violations, prohibiting American firms from selling components to the China telecom equipment maker for seven years. The move has not only dealt a heavy blow to ZTE, but may...
  • apple
    Speculation about Apple cutting back its orders for iPhone devices and related components has been fueled by revelations by more Taiwan-based suppliers that their orders from the US client for its smartphones have been reduced or delayed, according to industry sources.
  • iphone x
    Apple is reportedly negotiating with Samsung Display for a reduction of the price of OLED panels as the iPhone X vendor is seeking to lower the production cost in order to ramp up sales of OLED-based models, according to industry sources.
  • Garmin Forerunner 645 Musicgarmin
    Garmin has launched Forerunner 645 Music, a GPS-enabled running watch featuring playback of music via Bluetooth headphones (sold separately) and Garmin Pay mobile contactless payment services, in Taiwan at a recommended retail price of NT$13,990 (US$478).
  • The launch of the standalone VR devices such as Facebook's Oculus Go and HTC's Vive Focus in late 2017 has pave the way for the proliferation of similar devices in early 2018, including Xiaomi Technology's Mi VR Standalone and Lenovo's Mirage Solo, making the standalone VR HMD (head-mounted display)...
  • HTC has adopted a double-pronged strategy to boost its smartphone and VR device businesses as it is aiming to bring a rebound to its overall performance, according to industry sources.
  • Huawei P20 devices launched in Taiwan
    Huawei has launched its new flagship models, the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, in the Taiwan market, priced at NT$20,900 (US$711) and NT$26,900, respectively, with the availability to begin on May 1.
  • Hong Kong startup Peacify has launched a healthcare wearable monitoring device for newborns, dubbed Peacify Sock, allowing parents to view their babies' vital signs in real-time.
  • smartphone
    The world's first Android-based smartphone with 3D facial recognition technology is unlikely to hit the market until the third quarter of 2018 due to insufficient capability to integrate related hardware and software at 3D sensing solution providers, according to Digitimes Research.
  • Zoetek's healthcare smartwatches
    Zoetek has introduced a healthcare smartwatch and a smart garment for healthcare of the elderly.
  • samsung
    Samsung Electronics, once a major smartphone brand in both China and India, has seen its market shares and influence in the two countries fading away fast.
  • oppo
    China-based handset brands have ramped up their chip orders since March with the demand momentum likely to continue into early May, according to sources from Taiwan's IC suppliers.
  • Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) will team up with Samsung Electronics to launch 5CA (carrier aggregation) services in Taiwan starting June, utilizing Samsung's Galaxy S9-series devices, according to a CHT announcement.
  • IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$33.67 billion (US$1.15 billion) for March, increasing 51.91% sequentially and 16.45% on year.
  • Asustek Computer has launched its new ZenFone 5 in the Taiwan market priced at NT$11,990 (US$410) targeting the mid-range smartphone segment.
  • Tommy Wong, president of Global Sources Electronics Group
    The annual Global Sources Electronics Show kicked off its spring edition of 2018 on April 11 at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, with over 6,600 booths housing more than 100,000 exhibit items covering a full range of the latest consumer and mobile electronics products highlighting AI (artificial intelligence)...
  • handset
    Chip demand from China-based handset companies is picking up and will buoy sales performance at related chip suppliers, such as application processor designer MediaTek and LCD driver IC solution provider FocalTech Systems, starting the second quarter of 2018, according to industry sources.
  • Pegatron has announced consolidated revenues of NT$82.99 billion (US$2.82 billion) for March, rising 8.01% on month and 11.22% on year with its first-quarter 2018 consolidated revenues rising 17.53% on year to come to NT$280.89 billion.
  • iphone x
    While all-screen smartphones have undoubtedly become the mainstream of the handset industry, many industry watchers are now wondering whether notch smartphones - models with a u-shape notch on the top of the display as inspired by Apple's iPhone X - could gain further momentum in 2018.
  • Wistron has registered consolidated revenues of NT$70.29 billion (US$2.39 billion) for March, up 4.35 on month and 9.31% on year, with EPS of NT$0.29, while its first-quarter consolidated revenues went up 28.89% on year to arrive at NT$217.05 billion with EPS reaching NT$0.34.
  • Asustek Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$99 billion (US$3.38 billion) for the first quarter of 2018, down 9% on year with revenues for March increasing 51% on month but dropping 10% on year to come to NT$40.8 billion.
  • Sony Mobile introduces Xperia XZ2 at a product event in Taiwan
    Upstream component makers in the handset supply chains are braced for brisk sales in the second quarter of 2018, buoyed by the launch of new models and the replenishment demand for components by vendors, according to industry sources.
  • The world's first wave of foldable smartphone is likely to make its debut at the end of 2018 as a number of brand vendors are accelerating their R&D efforts on related projects, according to industry watchers.
  • htc
    HTC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.771 billion (US$94.77 million) for March, up 6.1% on month but down 46.7% on year.
  • Apple preparing micro LED panels for small- and large-size applications
    Apple is gearing up efforts developing micro LED panels for both small-size and large-size applications and has received support from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for the making of small-size ones, according to Digitimes Research's senior analyst Luke Lin.

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