Samsung, Lenovo cutting tablet prices in the US market
GLOBAL TABLET | Sep 3, 14:53
Samsung Electronics and Lenovo have recently started a wave of price cuts for their tablets in the US market. Samsung offered price cuts for its 7- and 10-inch models, but their prices are still higher than those of its competitors. Lenovo reduced the price of its 8- and 10-inch entry-level tablets,...
Kickstarter wearables expand presence in sleep tracking industry
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 2, 14:46
Several companies, and their related new wearable device concepts, have finished fund raising using the Kickstarter platform, with these devices being split into two major categories: devices that can help users sleep - such as NeuroOn, Aurora and Sense; and devices that can alert users to fatigue...
China smartphone vendors turning to retail and online channels for better profits
CHINA SMARTPHONE | Sep 2, 14:12
Because telecom carriers in China have sharply reduced subsidies to smartphone purchasing, China-based smartphone vendors, which used to cooperate tightly with telecom carriers and adopted a strategy of flooding the market with multiple smartphone models, are turning to marketing through retail and...
Korea kicks off semiconductor development projects
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Sep 1, 14:35
Aiming at becoming the world's second largest system IC producer in 2025, Korea has mapped out a seven-point development project to develop related IC products, including core architecture of application processors, power management (PWM) ICs, SoC (system on chip) solutions and integrated software,...
Japan sees growing investment in R&D for care-giving robots
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 26, 12:28
Due to subsidies offered by Japan central and local governments, there has been increasing investment in R&D for care-giving robots. For example, 21 companies have engaged in the development of robotic care-giving devices particularly for use by Alzheimer disease patents, with Paro (personal robot)...
All-in-one PC shipments to decline in 2014
TAIWAN ICT | Aug 26, 12:11
Desktop shipments are expected to enjoy growth in 2014 with Microsoft ending its support for Windows XP, but the all-in-one PC market, which focuses mainly on the consumer market and did not start enjoying demand until recent years, may not be able to benefit from the growth.
Taiwan LCD monitor shipments grow in 2Q14
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 20, 22:08
Taiwan LCD monitor makers' shipments reached 22.14 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 10% on quarter and 0.9% on year, according to Digitimes Research.
Japan household appliance makers rolling out HEMS compatible products
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 18, 15:44
While major Japan-based household appliance suppliers, including Toshiba, Sharp, Panasonic and Mitsubishi Denki, have already made the controls and operations of their smart household appliance systems through smartphones as standards, sales of smart household appliances compatible with home energy...
July LED bulb prices grow in China market
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 18, 11:02
July average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market increased by 5.2% sequentially to CNY36.3 (US$5.9), while the 9W segment (equivalent to 60W incandescent) also saw a 8.3% increase to CNY50.9, according to Digitimes Research.
Tablet market facing growing pains in 2014
GLOBAL TABLET | Aug 15, 15:34
After facing a second quarter where overall shipment results came in below expectations, tablet vendors are expected to see a rebound in the third quarter, with global shipments increasing 23.8% on quarter, according to data from the latest Digitimes Research Tracker service. Worldwide tablet shipments...
Singapore tops ASEAN countries in LTE subscriptions
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 13, 19:36
Fifteen mobile telecom carriers in seven ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries had started LTE commercial operations as of the end of the second quarter of 2014, and Singapore ranked first with LTE subscribers accounting for nearly 30% of all mobile communication subscriptions, according...
Foxconn stands chance of winning Mexico government LCD TV procurement orders
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 13, 19:34
The Mexico government will hold an open bid to procure 13.7 million LCD TVs over three years as part of a subsidy program for low-income families in line with the digitization of terrestrial TV broadcasts. Foxconn Electronics stands a considerably large chance of winning the procurement orders, and...
South Korea 2Q14 memory production value hits record
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 12, 20:23
Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix posted total production value of KRW10.73 trillion (US$10.41 billion) for DRAM and NAND flash in the second quarter of 2014, the highest quarterly figures on record, according to Digitimes Research.
iPhone ASP falls in 2Q14
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 12, 11:14
Smartphone vendors' strategies and timing of product launches in different markets were affecting their sales in second-quarter 2014.
Sapphire demand to reach over 108 million mm in 2015
RESEARCH EXTRAS | Aug 12, 10:57
Global demand for sapphire for use in LED and optical applications (such as smartphone covers) will reach 80.084 million mm of 2-inch equivalent ingots in 2014 and increase 36.1% to 108.902 million mm in 2015, according to Digitimes Research.
Innolux tops 5 panel makers in 2Q14 profitability
X | Aug 11, 14:54
Taiwan-based Innolux, among fellow makers AU Optronics, Samsung Display, LG Display and Sharp, recorded the highest net profit margin for the second quarter of 2014 mainly due to large increases in shipments of Ultra HD TV panels and notebook panels, according to Digitimes Research.