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ITO film price drop to slow metal mesh penetration in mid-size touch applications

Apr 15, 11:54

Metal mesh technology has entered mass production at some China-based touch panel makers, such as O-film, since the second half of 2013. It helped O-film become the largest notebook touch panel supplier in the world in the fourth quarter of 2013, thanks to its pricing advantages. Lenovo was one of...

LED bulb prices in China fall in March

Apr 8, 11:33

March average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescent ones) in the China market slipped 11.0% sequentially to CNY33.9 (US$5.5), while 9W models (equivalent to 60W incandescent ones) saw a 2.9% decline to CNY44.0, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan ODMs losing out as PC brand vendors turn to China supply chain for tablets

Apr 7, 15:46

Among global top-7 PC brand vendors, only Apple (sixth place) still outsources its tablet orders mainly to Taiwan-based EMS providers and ODMs, while the rest - Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Acer, Asustek Computer and Toshiba - have gradually shifted their entry-level tablet design and manufacturing...

Over 50% white-box tablets to come with phone functions in 2H14; MediaTek to benefit most

Apr 3, 12:08

China white-box tablet players' shipments increased sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2013 thanks to strong demand from mature markets worldwide. Demand from emerging markets has also started picking up after mid-December 2013.

3-mode smartphones to dominate China entry-level market

Apr 2, 12:03

When announcing its LTE product lineup in 2013, China Mobile originally set 5-mode support for five major networking standards in China as a basic requirement for its 4G products, but the company lowered it to 3-mode at the end of 2013, as most chipmakers were unable to supply 5-model single-chip products...

On-cell touch panels not as popular as expected

Mar 28, 15:26

On-cell touch panels were once expected to be the solution with the best development potentials in China's entry-level to mid-range smartphone sector, but so far, the number of mobile devices using on-cell touch and their shipments have been far below the original expectations.

Samsung 12.2-inch enterprise tablets unlikely to see strong sales in short term

Mar 24, 14:56

Samsung started flooding the tablet market with new devices in the first quarter and is pushing its new 12.2-inch tablets, featuring a new user interface and multi-tasking abilities, as its main products for the enterprise market. However, because the devices have weaker price/performance ratios compared...

MediaTek to continue eating into Spreadtrum market share

Mar 20, 15:18

Despite the slow-season performance of China's smartphone market, chipmaker MediaTek's smartphone application processor (AP) shipments in the first quarter continue to see strong growth like it did during the previous quarter. The good price/performance ratios of MediaTek's entry-level and mid-range...

Google shifts focus to large-size tablet competition

Mar 18, 15:49

Digitimes Research has learned that Google is set to release at least two Nexus tablets in 2014 with an 8.9-inch model already under development and set to enter mass production in July. The 8.9-inch tablet features a display resolution of more than 2K.

Insufficient panel supplies to limit 2K-resolution smartphone penetration in 2014

Mar 17, 15:10

With Full HD (1,920 by 1,080) having become the mainstream specification of high-end smartphones in 2013, industry players are speculating over the possibility of the resolution climbing even higher to above the 2,000-pixel level in 2014. However, Digitimes Research believes such a chance is rather...

China smartphone vendors rely on international brands for overseas expansion

Mar 10, 14:59

China-based smartphone players' shipments to markets outside of China currently account for 20% of their total volume. As demand from the local market - which has been their main growth driver - is weakening and the China-based players' combined shipments will only grow by 26.7% on year in 2014, expanding...

Google to get the brunt of dual OS tablets while Microsoft to benefit the most

Mar 7, 15:26

Intel and Asustek Computer released dual OS tablets at CES 2014 that combine Windows and Android operating systems into one unit in an attempt to tackle a new segment in the tablet market. However, due to pressure from Google, Asustek has postponed plans to release its TD300 tablet that was presented...

Cortex-A17 to take over ARM high-end/mid-range 32-bit business

Mar 4, 14:49

Digitimes Research considers ARM's new Cortex-A17 and existing Cortex-A12 processors to be basically the same based on their architectures, except for the Cortex-A17's support for big.LITTLE architecture. As to why ARM created the Cortex-A17, Digitimes Research believes the chip designer is trying...

Is a US$25 smartphone possible?

Feb 25, 15:31

Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicked off with a bang, with Mozilla announcing a US$25 smartphone built around a turnkey solution that features silicon from China-based Spreadtrum and software from Firefox.

Apple triggers 64-bit AP battle

Feb 5, 12:09

Why is Apple so eager to adopt 64-bit technology for its processors? Digitimes Research believes it is because in the 32-bit segment, Apple is unable to use the existing architecture and low clock frequency setting to achieve performance similar to that done by the Android camp, which has been blindly...

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Global tablet market – 4Q 2013

GLOBAL TABLET | Apr 8, 12:22

Global tablet shipments grew 25% sequentially and 29.8% on year to reach 78.45 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013 benefiting mainly by economic recoveries of Europe and North America, which relatively boosted demand during the year-end holidays.

China smartphone AP shipments – 4Q 2013

CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | Apr 8, 12:20

Global smartphone AP suppliers will see their shipments to China grow only 13.5% on year and drop 3.1% on quarter in the first quarter of 2014. The largest supplier MediaTek is seeing its shipments weakening and its LTE products so far still have not yet been...

China touch panel industry – 4Q 2013

CHINA TOUCH | Apr 8, 12:17

From the fourth quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014, China touch panel makers' largest growth will be in the notebook and 11-inch and above size tablet segments, with makers such as O-Film Technology and Mutto Technology focusing on metal mesh thin-film...

2014 China smartphone market and industry - Forecast and analysis

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Mar 25, 18:27

This Digitimes Research Special Report examines two aspects of the China smartphone market. The first part covers the China smartphone market, measuring local shipments in China from both China-based vendors and international vendors such as Samsung and Apple...

2014 global high brightness LED market, trends and shipment forecast

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Mar 13, 18:26

Digitimes Research estimates that the production value for high brightness LED chips will have an annual growth rate of 12.9% and reach US$12.74 billion in 2014. The applications that will drive growth momentum are LED lighting, tablet, mobile, and automotive...

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