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Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to see 9.1% on-year growth in 3Q14

Sep 12, 15:39

Digitimes Research expects global tablet shipments to reach 68.51 million units in the third quarter, up 23.8% sequentially and 9.1% on year, and non-Apple tablet vendors' shipments, which suffered from weaker-than-expected performance during the second quarter, are expected to see a recovery in the...

Digitimes Research: Market share of smartphone brands to undergo significant changes in 4Q14

Sep 12, 14:29

Market share of smartphone vendors in China is likely to fluctuate significantly soon due to the development of 4G market and the roll-outs of the latest flagship models, highlighted by the shipment performance of new phones under the cooperation between Apple and telecom operators beginning in late...

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 210 for entry-level 4G smartphones, tablets

Sep 12, 11:51

Qualcomm has announced a range of new products and technologies designed to drive high-performance computing and connectivity to entry-level and mainstream smartphones and tablets. The newest addition to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 tier, the Snapdragon 210 processor, will offer integrated multimode...

Foxconn reports slight sequential revenue gains for August

Sep 11, 16:11

Foxconn Electronics has reported revenues of NT$275.08 billion (US$9.18 billion) for August, up 5.71% sequentially but down 1.91% on year. For the first eight months of 2014, revenues totaled NT$2.29 trillion, edging up 0.5% from a year earlier.

Digitimes Research: Top-5 notebook vendors and top-3 ODMs see 5-10% on-month shipment growth in August

Sep 11, 15:46

Although the IT market has already started preparing for back-to-school demand, the global top-five notebook vendors' combined shipments and top-three ODMs' combined shipments only achieved 5-10% on-month growths in August, lower than those of the same month a year ago.

Component suppliers preparing parts for production of 80 million iPhone 6s before year-end 2014

Newswatch - Sep 11, 11:13

Makers in the iPhone supply chain are preparing parts and components for production of up to 80 million units of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus before year-end 2014, according to sources at Taiwan-based iPhone supply chain.

Quanta lands half of Acer notebook orders for 2015

Sep 10, 22:33

Quanta Computer has landed orders for Acer's 15-inch notebooks for 2015, which will account for 45-50% of Acer's overall orders. Quanta will become Acer's largest ODM partner and also the largest notebook maker in 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

FIH investment in CExchange targets China market

Sep 10, 15:37

FIH Mobile, a Hong Kong-listed smartphone ODM belonging to the Foxconn Group, has made a strategic investment of US$10.5 million for a 30% stake in CExchange, a US-based provider of consumer electronics trade-in, buy-back and recycling services.

IDF 2014: Intel unveils new developer tools, future technologies spanning tablets, analytics, wearable devices and PCs

Sep 10, 15:24

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich kicked off Intel's annual technical conference with a set of computing initiatives and projects showing how the company is going to enable new market segments where everything is smart and connected. Krzanich and other executives announced new hardware and software developer...

Commentary: Apple Watch pioneering user interface will make around 10% of users Think Different

Sep 10, 15:22

The long rumored Apple Watch (previously widely reported on as the iWatch) has been announced, but while the company believes it has created a pioneering user interface for the emerging smartwatch segment, the design of the watch with its much lauded Digital Crown assumes that the watch is worn on...

Apple Watch

Apple unveils Apple Watch

Sep 10, 13:57

Apple has unveiled the Apple Watch featuring new technologies and a new user interface with a design that honors the tradition of precision watchmaking. The Apple Watch introduces a specially designed and engineered Digital Crown that provides a new way to scroll, zoom and navigate. The Apple Watch...

Apple Watch smartwatch

Synnex Technology sees increased August revenues

Sep 10, 12:33

Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$28.7 billion (US$957 million) for August, increasing 2.8% on month and 6.7% on year.

Apple announces iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Sep 10, 12:30

Apple has announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus featuring 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays. The new iPhones feature a unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum.

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung, Sony Mobile unveil smartwatches with GPS functionality

Sep 9, 22:30

Samsung Electronics and Sony Mobile Communications both have unveiled high-end smartwatches with GPS functionality, putting more pressure on GPS device suppliers including Garmin and TomTom, according to industry sources.

Asustek August revenues increase

Sep 9, 20:19

Asustek Computer on September 9 reported consolidated revenues of NT$42.164 billion (US$1.405 billion) for August, increasing 4.91% on month and 3.1% on year, and NT$297.887 billion for January-August, rising 2.56% on year.

Vendors adding dual-SIM card support to tablets to attract demand

Sep 9, 15:47

Tablet vendors have been pushing models with large displays, phone functions and dual-SIM card support to attract demand from emerging markets such as countries in Southeast Asia, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

FIH Mobile invests in CExchange

Sep 9, 11:24

FIH Mobile, a smartphone ODM under the Foxconn Group, has made a strategic investment of US$10.5 million for a 30% stake in CExchange, a US-based provider of consumer electronics trade-in, buy-back and recycling services.

Sony Mobile launches new Xperia flagship models

Sep 9, 10:35

Sony Mobile Communications has unveiled three new smartphones, one tablet and two wearable devices in a press event held during IFA 2014 trade show.

Sony Xperia smartphone

Asustek handset business to begin generating profits in September, says CEO

Sep 5, 15:57

Asustek Computer expects its handset business to start generating profits in September as well as in the fourth quarter of 2014 after being in the handset segment for over 10 years, according to company CEO Jerry Shen.

White-box vendors under competitive pressure from brand vendors in tablet with phone function market

Sep 5, 15:29

Some China-based white-box vendors launched tablets with built-in 3G modules to allow voice communications, in China and Southeast Asia in early 2014 and saw good sales performance, but have faced strong competition from brand vendors which have also launched low-cost tablets with phone functions such...

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

Newswatch - Sep 5, 15:09

Samsung Electronics has announced the expansion of its flagship Galaxy Note-series with the new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. At IFA 2014, Samsung also unveiled a virtual-reality headset, the Gear VR.

HTC unveils HTC Desire 820; to market in China first

Sep 5, 11:42

HTC has announced the new mid-range HTC Desire 820, the successor to its popular HTC Desire 816, at the on-going IFA 2014.

HTC launches Desire 820

Acer aims to ship 4-5 million smartphones in 2014, 10 million units in 2015

Sep 4, 19:48

Acer aims to ship 4-5 million smartphones in 2014 and 10 million units in 2015, according to the company's Smartphone Business president Liu Shi-tai. Acer shipped 2.5 million smartphones in 2013.

Acer showcase

Worldwide phablet shipments to surpass portable PCs in 2014 and tablets by 2015, says IDC

Sep 4, 16:03

According to a new forecast from IDC, worldwide phablet shipments (smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5- to less than 7-inch) will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014, passing the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship during the same period. In 2015, total phablet volumes will top 318 million...

IFA 2014: Asustek unveils new innovations at pre-IFA conference

Sep 4, 15:10

Asustek Computer has unveiled the ZenWatch and a low-cost 11.6-inch notebook, the EeeBook X205 at a pre-IFA launch conference, both priced at EUR199 (US$262). The x205 is part of Microsoft's Windows with Bing program to achieve a low price. IFA 2014 will be hosted in Berlin, Germany starting September...

IFA 2014: Acer unveils new touchscreen products

Sep 4, 14:37

Acer hosted a pre-IFA press conference to unveil its theme, A Touch More Connected, and announced a series of touchscreen products. IFA 2014 will be hosted from September 5-10 in Berlin Germany.

Jason Chen, Acer CEO, promoting new products at a pre-IFA conference

Taiwan market: HTC to launch new exclusive stores to promote aftersales services

Sep 3, 16:10

HTC plans to launch a new type of exclusive store as well as VIP services in Taiwan soon to enhance its aftersales services as a means to further promote its smartphone sales.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan smartphone makers see dropping orders from Amazon, Microsoft Mobile and Facebook in 2014

Sep 3, 16:07

Taiwan handset makers originally expected to continue receiving orders for Lumia series products from Microsoft Mobile and also acquire new orders from Amazon and Facebook in 2014, but according to the latest upstream information acquired by Digitimes Research, Taiwan makers were not able to land orders...

Digitimes Research: Samsung, Lenovo cutting tablet prices in the US market

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,...

Electronic shelf label revenues to reach US$2 billion by 2019, says ABI Research

Sep 3, 14:36

Over the next five years electronic shelf labels (ESL) are set to grow beyond retail markets in legislated countries, with revenues increasing six fold to almost US$2 billion by 2019, according to ABI Research.

HTC reports 37% growth in August revenues

Stockwatch - Sep 3, 12:33

HTC has reported consolidated revenues of NT$14.541 billion for August 2014, representing a 37.12% increase on month and 10.43% increase on year.

Asustek readies new 2-in-1 products

Sep 2, 16:12

In addition to an upgraded version of the T100, which is set to launch at the end of September or early October, Asustek Computer is ready to unveil its new Transformer Book T300 Chi, a larger version of the T100 in January 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Taiwan market: HTC launches HTC Butterfly 2 in cooperation with CHT

Sep 2, 16:11

HTC will begin to market its HTC Butterfly 2 in the Taiwan market from September 8 in cooperation with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT).

New mobile products to benefit component suppliers until end of 2014

Sep 2, 15:49

With smartphone players such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Sony expected to unveil their latest products at IFA 2014, and Apple set to release its new mobile products later in September, sources from the upstream supply chain expect that component suppliers' revenues will remain strong...

Apple iWatch still under EVT despite components already in production

Sep 2, 15:30

Despite related components already entering into production, Apple's iWatch is still unlikely to become available until 2015, as the device is still under engineering verification testing (EVT) stage and has to still go through production verification testing (PVT), according to sources from the upstream...

Apple cuts iPad mini prices; non-Apple vendors may follow suit

Sep 2, 14:55

Apple has recently cooperated with US-based retailers including Best Buy and Amazon to cut its iPad mini prices. Channel retailers believe other brand vendors may follow suit to maintain their market shares.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone vendors turning to retail and online channels for better profits

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...

Gigabyte Communications to ship 2G feature phones

Sep 1, 22:10

Gigabyte Communications has obtained orders for two 2G feature phone models for retail sale at US$25-39 from Russia-based partners and will begin shipments in September, resuming feature phone ODM production since its shift to own-brand smartphone production, according to Taiwan-based handset supply...

Asustek to release US$100 7-inch tablet in Taiwan

Sep 1, 13:26

Asustek Computer is set to release its new 7-inch MeMO Pad 7 ME70CX tablet in early September in Taiwan priced at NT$2,990 (US$100) to attract demand, according to the company.

Sony Mobile to adopt metal-alloy chassis for smartphones to be launched in 2015, say Taiwan makers

Aug 29, 14:29

Sony Mobile Communications are developing smartphones to be launched in 2015 and will adopt metal-alloy chassis for high-end models, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Asustek expects to ship nearly 8 million ZenPhones in 2014

Aug 29, 11:38

Asustek Computer has seen booming sales of ZenPhone and expects to ship 2.8-2.9 million units in the third quarter of 2014 and nearly eight million units in the whole year, according to company CEO Jerry Shen.

Sales of branded smartphones from service providers such as Amazon, Facebook, and Alibaba lower than expected

Aug 29, 11:25

Sales of own-brand smartphones launched by online retailers or social networking service companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent have been lower than expected, according to sources in Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Handset brands launching more Android Wear-based devices

Aug 28, 13:58

More handset brands are rolling out Android Wear-based smartwatches and smart bracelets, adding pressure on specialized wearable device vendors such as Jawbone, Fitbit and Pebble, according to industry sources.

HTC unveils HTC Desire 510, Desire 820 expected in 4Q14

Aug 28, 13:29

HTC has unveiled its new 4G LTE smartphone, the HTC Desire 510, further expanding the portfolio of its mid-range Desire-series family. The HTC Desire will be available in the US, Europe and Asia.

Taiwan market: Surface Pro 3 to launch

Aug 27, 16:16

Microsoft will launch the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 in the Taiwan market on August 29 at a starting retail price of NT$24,900 (US$830), according to Microsoft Taiwan.

Karbonn looks to in-house handset production in India: Q&A with executive director

Aug 27, 16:08

Karbonn, the second-largest India-based handset vendor, is looking into in-house production. Digitimes recently sat down with company executive director Shashin Devsare to discuss the handset market in India.

Karbonn executive director Shashin Devsare

Gaining an advantage in emerging markets: Q&A with India-based handset player Micromax

Aug 27, 12:30

Sales of handsets in the India market reached 61.07 million units in the first quarter of 2014, with smartphones accounting for 17.59 million units or 28.8%. Notably, smartphone sales showed a 186% on-year growth in the first quarter compared to a 31% growth recorded in China, indicating rising growth...

Micromax co-founder Rajesh Agarwal

Voices from India: How can Taiwan best tap the booming India handset market

Aug 27, 12:27

There will be an estimated 250 million handsets sold in the India market in 2014, 35% of which will be smartphones, an increase from the 23% in 2013. However, with a population of 1.2 billion and an underdeveloped infrastructure in India has resulted in a complicated system for marketing handsets and...

On the handset market in India and increasing presence of Lava: Q&A with Lava chairman Hari Om Rai

Aug 26, 16:01

As India's handset market is continuing to grow, local vendors including Lava, Spice, Intex and GI 5 are seeing monthly sales reach between 500,000-1 million units a month, with Larva advancing noticeably in particular. Lava's developments are catching the eyes of many market analysts, and the company...

Lava chairman Hari Om Rai

Tablet market to decline in 2014 while notebook market expected to grow, says TrendForce

Aug 26, 15:09

Branded tablets will experience negative growth in 2014 at 153 million units shipped, an on-year decrease of 1.8%. Notebook shipments, on the other hand, will increase 1% on year to 171 million, according to TrendForce.

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