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Qualcomm makes splash with VR announcements

Feb 24, 17:01

Qualcomm has made several announcements in the virtual reality (VR) space including introducing a new virtual reality development kit (VRDK) for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and the launch of a head mounted display (HMD) reference design.

Qualcomm share of China AP market to hit 30% for first time since 2012

Feb 24, 16:37

Although the first quarter is the slow season in the China application processor (AP) market, Qualcomm is expected to continue outperforming its competitors and further increase its market share, with Digitimes Research data indicating Qualcomm's share will hit 30%.

MWC 2017 set for a new round of competition for smartphones

Feb 24, 12:20

A number of Android phone brands are expected to showcase their new models for 2017 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC), heralding a new round of competition in the global smartphone space, according to industry sources.

Samsung steps up cooperation with China-based handset suppliers

Feb 24, 11:41

Samsung Electronics has stepped up its contact with handset supply chain makers in China, aiming to strengthen its cooperation ties with ODMs and component suppliers to enable access to more competitive production capacity and component supplies, according to sources from Taiwan-based supply chain...

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HTC aims high while LG look low in India smartphone market

Feb 23, 11:44

HTC has reiterated its stance that it wants to focus on the high-end of the India smartphone market while LG Electronics is reportedly making plans to increase its presence in the volume segments, according to reports coming out of India.

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile to collaborate on 5G NR trials at 3.5 GHz

Feb 22, 16:35

Qualcomm, ZTE, and China Mobile have announced plans to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on the 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP. The trials will operate in sub-6 GHz mid-band spectrum at 3.5 GHz and intend to drive the mobile ecosystem toward...

Qualcomm begins comeback fight against Korean FTC

Feb 22, 16:22

Qualcomm has petitioned the Seoul Central District Court to not implement fines totaling SKW1.03 trillion (US$865 million) levied by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC).

Taiwan market: Smartphone shipments up slightly in January

Newswatch - Feb 22, 15:30

Sales of smartphones in the Taiwan market reached 692,000 units in January 2017, up 3.75% on month but down 5% from a year earlier, according to data compiled local retain channels.

Taiwan market: Xiaomi launches Mi Note 2, Redmi Note 4X

Feb 22, 11:46

Xiaomi has launched its Mi Note 2 and Redmi Note 4X smartphones in the Taiwan market. The two models will be available starting March 1, with the Mi Note 2 priced at NT$16,999 (US$552), and the Redmi Note 4X at NT$4,999.

Xiaomi Taiwan president Henman Lee

New iPhone shipments to reach 100 million in 2017, says TrendForce

Feb 22, 11:06

Apple's latest refresh of the iPhone series scheduled for later this year will include three new models, with one of them having significant hardware and design upgrades such as an AMOLED display and 3D facial recognition, market research firm TrendForce indicated.

Xiaomi likely to unveil in-house developed CPUs on February 28

Feb 21, 18:59

Xiaomi Technology has sent out invitations for a product event to be held on February 28, during which the vendor is expected to unveil its in-house developed Pinecone CPUs and an entry-level to mid-range smartphone, according to industry sources.

China market: White-box smartphone supply chain faces increasing pressure from brand vendors

Feb 21, 14:17

As first-tier China-based smartphone vendors including Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Gionee are gearing up efforts to expand sales overseas, their white-box handset competitors are facing the possibility of being phased out, according to industry sources.

Sated China smartphone market to sit back and digest inventory in 1Q17

Feb 21, 12:22

After seeing record shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016, the China smartphone will ease up and try to digest inventory in the first quarter of 2017. Smartphone shipments in the China market are expected to see a year-on-year dip in the quarter, marking the first on-year quarterly decline since...

Smartphones to remain largest AP application through 2020, says Digitimes Research

Feb 20, 22:32

Smartphones will remain the largest market for application processors (AP) through 2020, accounting for over 80% of all APs shipped annually during the period, according to Digitimes Research.

China market: Xiaomi to enhance its product portfolio to ramp up sales in 2017

Feb 20, 14:32

Xiaomi Technology reportedly will enhance its competitiveness by adding more mid-tier and high-end models to its portfolio in 2017 as it faces increasing pressure from domestic rivals including Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, according to industry sources.

China market: Smartphone shipments hit record 131.6 units in 4Q16, says Canalys

Feb 18, 14:24

Smartphone shipments in China reached 131.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, accounting for nearly a third of worldwide shipments, according to Canalys.

Display bookings to top US$2 billion in Fiscal 2017 for Applied Materials

Feb 17, 17:02

Semiconductor equipment provider Applied Materials delivered another strong quarter for its display business, with its first quarter display revenues increasing 66% on year to US$422 million and its orders tripling to US$632 million. The company noted that since 2012 it has grown its display revenues...

HannStar becomes largest small- to medium-size panel maker in Taiwan in 4Q16

Feb 17, 16:31

HannStar Display enjoyed the spoils of its aggressive capacity expansion in the feature phone panel segment in the fourth quarter of 2016, helping Taiwan's small- to medium-panel shipments total 313 million panels, according to Digitimes Research.

OLED smartphones and the TV pricing connection

Feb 17, 16:05

One side effect of the expected craze for AMOLED panels in high-end smartphones this year is that LCD TV prices may not drop as quickly as they have in the past.

MediaTek to lag in 10nm-chip race, says paper

Newswatch - Feb 17, 12:37

MediaTek may suffer a setback in the ongoing 10nm mobile chip race as the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) has reported that Xiaomi Technology has decided to not develop a customized 10nm Helio X30 chip with MediaTek.

Lenovo quarterly sales down 6% on year

Feb 16, 14:48

Lenovo has announced results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2016. Quarterly revenues were US$12.2 billion, a 6% decrease year-on-year. Third quarter pre-tax income was US$101 million, a 68% decline year-on-year. Net income fell 67% year-on-year to US$98 million.

Samsung limps to smartphone gold in 2016

Feb 16, 12:49

Nearly 1.5 billion smartphones were sold to end users in 2016, an increase of 5% from 2015, according to market research firm Gartner. And despite a sloppy second half of the year, Samsung held on to remain the top vendor worldwide for the year, shipping 306 million devices.

Asustek expects sequential drop in 1Q17 revenues

Feb 16, 11:55

Asustek Computer expects first-quarter 2017 revenues from the PC product line to decrease 15-20% on quarter, those from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to slip 10-15% and those from DIY motherboards, graphics cards and components to drop 0-5% due to off-season effects, said company CEO...

Asustek CEO Jerry Shen at a Feb 15 investors conference

Notebook shipments get bump in 4Q16

Feb 15, 15:57

The final quarter of 2016 brought good news to the global notebook industry, as shipments showed an on-year increase for the first time since 2012, according to data from Digitimes Research.

Foxconn reaffirms US$5 billion investment in India

Feb 15, 15:06

Amid concerns Foxconn is reconsidering plans to set up a mobile handset in India, the Taiwan manufacturing firm has reportedly met with ministers from the state of Maharashtra where it reaffirmed its intent to invest US$5 billion in the state, according to multiple media reports out of India.

China market: Combined smartphone shipments of 5 major vendors to surpass 500 million units

Feb 15, 15:05

China-based vendors Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Gionee together are expected to ship a total of 500 million smartphones in 2017, accounting for nearly 90% of China's total smartphone shipments for the year, according to industry sources.

Samsung reportedly earns AMOLED panel orders from Apple

Feb 15, 12:55

Samsung Display has received AMOLED panel orders from Apple for its upcoming iPhone, according to reports coming out of Korea, reinforcing a recent report from Digitimes that indicated that Apple has ordered sufficient OLED panels from Samsung Display, and that the supply chain will start working on...

Commentary: Xiaomi in-house developed smartphone CPUs face uncertainty

Feb 15, 12:29

It is highly risky for Xiaomi Technology to launch smartphones featuring in-house developed CPUs as the vendor's shipment volumes are not large enough.

Apple said to be testing China AMOLED panels

Feb 15, 12:25

China panel makers are looking to cut into the display supply chain for the iPhone, with news coming out that Apple is reportedly testing AMOLED panels from BOE Technology in consideration for use in future iPhones.

More new Android phones to come in 2Q17 prior to arrival of new iPhone

Feb 15, 11:04

Most Android phone vendors are expected to launch new models in the second quarter of 2017 to grab market share prior to the planned release of next-generation iPhone devices in September, according to industry sources.

HTC reports heavy losses for 4Q16

Feb 14, 21:14

HTC has posted net losses of NT$3.1 billion (US$100.49 million) or NT$3.77 per share for the fourth quarter of 2016. The company has recorded losses for seven consecutive quarters.

Taiwan market: Oppo aims to sell 800,000-1,000,000 smartphones in 2017

Feb 14, 13:37

China-based vendor Oppo aims to ramp up shipments of its smartphones in the Taiwan market to 800,000-1,000,000 units in 2017, up from 400,000 units shipped a year earlier, according to an internal estimate by the vendor.

Oppo Taiwan president Heaven Ho

Apple becomes Wireless Power Consortium member

Feb 14, 13:17

Apple has become a member of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), making it the first time Apple has confirmed involvement with any wireless power standard.

Oppo expanding production capacity in China, India to ramp up shipments in 2017

Feb 14, 12:26

China-based smartphone vendor Oppo has continued expanding its production capacity in China and plans to build up production lines in India in line with its plan to further ramp up shipments in 2017, according to industry sources.

Hewlett-Packard expected to be top notebook vendor in 2017

Feb 14, 11:37

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is expected to replace Lenovo as the top notebook vendor worldwide in 2017, according to data from Digitimes Research.

Xiaomi to launch smartphone using in-house developed CPU, says report

Newswatch - Feb 13, 11:34

Xiaomi Technology is expected to unveil its next-generation Mi 5C smartphone powered by in-house developed Pipecone V670 CPU in March at the earliest, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Arima Communications sees smartphone shipments drop in January

Stockwatch - Feb 13, 10:56

Arima Communications saw its smartphone shipments decline 17.74% sequentially to 510,000 units in January from 620,000 units shipped a month earlier.

Apple ships 6 million smartwatches in 4Q16, says Canalys

Newswatch - Feb 10, 13:53

Apple shipped six million smartwatches in the fourth quarter of 2016, the company's new quarterly shipment record for the smart device segment, according to Canalys.

HMD, TCL to unveil new Nokia and BlackBerry smartphonnes at MWC 2017

Newswatch - Feb 10, 12:11

HMD Global and TCL are expected to unveil new Nokia and BlackBerry smartphones, respectively, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) to be held at the end of February in Barcelona, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Samsung leads VR device makers in 2016, says report

Feb 9, 13:54

Samsung Electronics led the global VR (virtual reality) device makers by shipping a total of 4.51 million units of its Gear VR devices in 2016, according to a Korea-based ET News report, which cited data from SuperData Research.

Fire at Samsung SDI factory caused by defective batteries

Feb 9, 12:16

Just weeks after Samsung stated that it was defective batteries that caused its Note 7 to burst into flames and that the company had implemented several controls to prevent it from happening again, a fire broke out at the Samsung SDI battery factory in China.

IBM, Nokia and AT&T get together to foster trust in IoT

Feb 9, 12:15

In a 2016 AT&T survey, 58% of the companies they spoke to stated that were not confident in the security of their IoT devices. This is not surprising considering that in the past three years, AT&T has seen a 3,198% increase in attackers scanning for vulnerabilities in IoT devices.

Intel announces US$7 billion investment for 7nm fab

Feb 9, 12:13

Intel has announced plans to invest more than US$7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world. The high-volume factory is in Chandler, Ariz., and is targeted to use a 7nm manufacturing process. It will produce microprocessors.

Digitimes Research: China makers ship over 181 million smartphones in 4Q16

Feb 9, 11:05

Including export sales, China-based smartphone makers shipped a total of 181.8 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2016, up 4.4% on quarter and 12.8% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Samsung developing clam-type smartphones, said sources

Feb 9, 10:23

Samsung Electronics reportedly is developing clam-type smartphones and is expected to begin small production of its first foldable model featuring a flexible AMOLED display in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Number of connected things to surpass global population in 2017

Feb 8, 14:13

The number of connected "things" in the overall installed base of Internet of Things (IoT) worldwide in 2017 will surpass the total global population for the first time in 2017. According to Gartner there will be 8.4 billion connected things in use worldwide in 2017, up 31% from the 6.4 billion...

MediaTek announces chipset for dual-camera smartphones

Feb 8, 10:58

MediaTek has announced the launch of its MediaTek Helio P25, the newest addition to the MediaTek Helio P series mobile processor family. The new chipset combines a 16nm Octa-core processor with MediaTek Imagiq (the company's advanced Image Signal Processor (ISP) technology) and dual camera features...

Qualcomm extends deadline for NXP purchase offer

Feb 7, 12:31

Qualcomm has announced that it has extended the offering period of its previously announced cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding common shares of NXP Semiconductors. The tender offer is now scheduled to expire on March 7, 2017, unless extended or earlier terminated.

HTC January revenues hit 9-month low

Feb 7, 11:50

Smartphone vendor HTC saw its consolidated revenues decline 27.16% on month and 27.98% on year to a nine-month low of NT$4.664 billion (US$148 million) in January.

Digitimes Research: 124.2 million smartphones shipped in China market in 4Q16

Feb 6, 21:00

There were 124.2 million smartphones shipped in the China market in the fourth quarter of 2016, increasing 8.0% on quarter and 5.3% on year and accounting for 29.6% of the global total, according to Digitimes Research.

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