Vendors cutting notebook shipments to Latin America
Jul 31, 11:59
Notebook vendors have significantly reduced their orders for shipments to Latin America because sales have been impacted by recent strong demand for LCD TVs in the area, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Asustek, Gigabyte releasing new gaming notebooks in 3Q14
Jul 29, 15:36
Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology have turned aggressive about the gaming notebook industry and are planning to release new models in the third quarter to compete against Micro-Star International (MSI), which is achieving strong sales in the market.
New Surface to come into production in August, say Taiwan maker
Jul 28, 15:15
Microsoft is expected to launch a 10.6-inch new version of Surface in October 2014, with production of components to begin in August and volume production of the tablet to kick off in September, according to source with Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Worldwide tablet market grows 11% in 2Q14, says IDC
Jul 25, 10:44
The worldwide tablet market grew 11.0% on year in the second quarter of 2014 with shipments reaching 49.3 million units, according to IDC. Although shipments declined sequentially from first-quarter 2014 by 1.5%, IDC believes the market will experience positive but slower growth in 2014 compared to...
Taiwan tablet shipments plunge sequentially in 1Q14, says MIC
Jul 23, 11:09
In the absence of new Apple products, tablets shipped to Apple - the major client taking up nearly 70% of Taiwan makers' tablet shipments - witnessed a 38% sequential decline in the first quarter of 2014, to approximately 16 million units. Declining tablet shipments for Apple, coupled with fewer new...
Digitimes Research: AMOLED tablets unlikely to benefit Samsung in 2H14
Jul 17, 11:04
Samsung Electronics recently launched the 8.4- and 10.5-inch AMOLED-based Galaxy Tab S flagship tablets. Although the new Galaxy Tab S tablets feature specifications exceeding those of Apple's iPads, the series is still unlikely to boost Samsung's sales in the second half of 2014 as demand in the high-end...
Digitimes Research: Google Fit to benefit remote medical care industry
Jul 15, 11:36
Google has recently announced its new wearable device platform, Google Fit, which is expected to change the business model for wearable devices to horizontal partnerships with different industries with its hardware/software integration and connectivity, according to Digitimes Research.
Microsoft expands coverage of free Windows licensing
Jul 14, 15:29
Microsoft reportedly is expanding its subsidies to vendors for Windows-based tablets, and in addition to sub-9-inch models, tablets priced below US$250 will also receive free Windows licenses, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Pegatron sees increased June revenues
Jul 11, 18:14
Pegatron on July 10 reported consolidated revenues of NT$72.12 billion (US$2.40 billion) for June, growing 9.46% on month and 1.52% on year, NT$210.49 billion for the second quarter, slipping 3.4% sequentially, and NT$428.38 billion for January-June, dipping 0.33% on year.
D.Phone raises nearly HK$900 million via IPO in Hong Kong
Newswatch - Jul 11, 18:09
D.Phone, the largest handset retail chain in China, has raised nearly HK$900 million (US$116 million) through its IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with over 60% of the funds to be used to expand its retail chain in the China market.
Casetek June revenues up on month, down on year
Stockwatch - Jul 11, 18:01
PC chassis maker Casetek Holdings on July 10 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.420 billion (US$80.6 million) for June, increasing 3.68% on month but decreasing 3.96% on year, and NT$14.476 billion for January-June, dipping 14.85% on year.
Acer 2Q14 revenues up 6% sequentially
Jul 11, 17:57
Acer saw its June revenues grow significantly by 43.06% on month to reach NT$36.55 billion (US$1.22 billion), and second-quarter revenues also grew 6.02% sequentially to reach NT$81.35 billion. Acer founder Stan Shih expects the company's gross margins in the second quarter to have improved from the...
PC rebound in mature regions stabilizes market in 2Q14, says IDC
Jul 10, 14:58
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014, an on-year decline of 1.7%, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks...
Pegatron to see over NT$1 trillion in 2014 revenues, say analysts
Jul 9, 12:19
Pegatron is expected to see 2014 consolidated revenues and net profit exceed NT$1 trillion (US$33.3 billion) and NT$10 billion respectively, mainly due to shipments of new-generation iPhones and iPads beginning in the third quarter, according to market analysts.
Tablet market to lose attention as competition rises in wearable industry
Jul 8, 15:44
As tablet shipment growth for 2014 is expected to only reach less than 5%, and Apple's iPad sales also declined 16% sequentially in the first quarter, the IT industry is gradually turning conservative about tablet's future, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Several first- and second-tier...
Asustek June revenues down sequentially
Jul 8, 11:51
Asustek Computer on July 7 reported consolidated revenues of NT$33.91 billion (US$1.13 billion) for June, decreasing on month by 7.97% but increasing on year by 0.37%, while its sales of 105.19 billion for the second quarter represented a five-quarter low with a sequential drop of 4.66%, and its sales...
Should Apple watchers be taking note of a UK IPO?
Jul 7, 23:08
On July 3, England-based Intelligent Energy offered up 16.2 million shares, or 8.76% of the company's capital, to raise approximately US$92 million and put the overall value of the company at more than US$1 billion, making it one of the UK's biggest green energy debut's ever. The IPO is interesting...
Taiwan market: Samsung sees strong demand for high-end tablets
Jul 2, 16:02
Samsung Taiwan will focus on pushing high-end tablets in 2014 and expects its products' advantages over display resolution and thin-and-light industrial design to help it stay as the largest tablet vendor in Taiwan, according to Andy Tu, general manager of Samsung's mobile communication business in...
Taiwan market: Asustek to launch convertible, gaming notebooks
Jul 2, 15:46
Asustek Computer has unveiled a convertible touchscreen notebook, the Transformer Book Flip, for launch in the Taiwan market on July 4 at NT$34,900 (US$1,163) for a 13.3-inch version and NT$32,900 for a 15.6-inch version, and two gaming notebooks, the 13-inch TP300 and 15.6-inch TP500, priced NT$34,900...
Wearable demand tied in to iWatch release, say market watchers
Jun 30, 21:59
Despite the fact that brand vendors such as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have launched smart watches equipped with Google's Android Wear, market watchers believe wearable demand may not start picking up until the release of Apple's iWatch.
Microsoft said to halt Surface Mini production
Jun 30, 14:57
Microsoft reportedly has called off a plan to mass produce its small-size Surface Mini tablet because of fierce compeition in the small-size tablet segment, as well as negative responses from its brand vendor clients, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Notebook ODMs turning to horizontal partnerships
Jun 30, 11:50
Notebook ODMs, turning their focus away from vertical integration, have started establishing partnerships horizontally with players from other industries, according to industry sources.
Google I/O 2014: Samsung expands Gear portfolio with Android Wear
Jun 27, 15:50
Samsung Electronics has unveiled the Samsung Gear Live, powered by Android Wear. The new Android Wear device features Samsung's Super AMOLED display. It also offers customization of the clock face and utilizes simple one-touch device wakeup for instant access.
Digitimes Research: Google to expand Chromebooks into consumer market
Jun 27, 15:19
Introduced in 2011, the Chromebook was initially developed mainly for the education sector and has achieved outstanding sales in the past two years. During Google I/O 2014, Google announced plans to further integrate Android with the Chromebook, and Digitimes Research believes the tech giant is looking...
Sony has 3-pronged strategy for China, says report
Jun 26, 12:34
After announcing the sale of its Vaio PC business and plans to restructure its LCD TV operations, Sony has turned its focus to smartphones and tablets. For the China market, the company has a 3-pronged strategy: strengthening the competitiveness of its products and services, developing new product...
Apple to mass produce 12-inch MacBook Air in 3Q14
Jun 23, 22:03
Apple's new 12-inch MacBook Air will enter mass production in the third quarter, filling the gap between the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs as well as enhancing Apple's leadership in the small-to-medium-size ultra-thin notebook market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Notebook shipments of Taiwan players from 2006-2014
Jun 15, 16:52
Taiwan makers produced over 90% of the notebooks worldwide in 2008. The top-five notebook makers – Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Asustek Computer – contributed 88% of the shipments from Taiwan.
Emerging markets see rising notebook demand
Jun 12, 12:12
Notebook demand in emerging markets has started recovering recently as international funds return to emerging markets after seeing a weak return on investment in the US and Europe, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Turning a smartphone into a PC in a pocket: Q&A with Analogix
Jun 10, 14:08
According to a recent IDC research note, the transition toward mobile and cloud-based computing is unstoppable, with tablet volumes expected to pass total PC volume in the fourth quarter of 2014 and on an annual basis in 2016. Even smaller tablets are facing stiff market competition from large-size...
Taiwan IT ODMs seeking orders for smart wearable devices
Jun 10, 11:53
As Samsung Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, Apple, LG Electronics and other international vendors are unlikely to release ODM/OEM orders for smart wearable devices, Taiwan-based IT ODMs have been seeking orders for such products from sports equipment suppliers, fashion houses and healthcare/medical...
Asustek enjoys growth in May revenues
Jun 9, 21:57
Asustek Computer saw its consolidated revenues grow 6.98% on month and 10.46% on year to reach NT$36.85 billion (US$1.23 billion) for May and the company's sales total for the first five months of 2014 was NT$181.62 billion, up 0.9% on year.
ODMs expect 50% notebook shipment growth in 2H14
Jun 9, 14:28
Notebook ODMs expects their shipments in the second half to grow 50% from the first due to stronger-than-expected orders from clients in Europe, plus Microsoft's strategy to significantly reduce Windows' licensing fees for sub-US$299 models to US$15.
PC outlook remains subdued despite some gains in mature markets, says IDC
Jun 6, 10:24
Worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall 6% in 2014, a slight adjustment from the previous forecast of negative 6.1%, according to IDC. Mature regions benefitted primarily from a recovery surge in Western Europe while other mature regions performed modestly above expectations in the first quarter...
Digitimes Research: HP, Acer see on-month shipment growth top 60% in May
Jun 4, 21:23
Global top-five brand vendors together and top-three ODMs combined both enjoyed over 25% on-month rebounds in May shipments with Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Acer both seeing over 60% growth. The two brand vendors' strong performance also boosted shipments for their ODM partners Quanta Computer and Compal...
Smart solutions for smart devices: How Carry is expanding its business model
Jun 4, 14:11
Carry Technology, a leading developer and manufacturer of portable multimedia and storage products, will highlight its new Apotop products, including its wireless snapshot for iPhone device, the i-Selfie, in addition to Wi-Copy personal cloud services at Computex 2014. The company also plans to exhibit...