Samsung 2Q16 operating profits rise 18% on brisk smartphone sales
Jul 28, 15:11
Samsung Electronics has announced operating profits of KRW8.14 trillion (US$7.24 billion) for the second quarter of 2016, up 21.9% on quarter and 18% from a year earlier, while revenues increased 2.3% sequentially and 4.9% on year to KRW50.94 trillion.
BlackBerry launches new Android smartphone
Newswatch - Jul 27, 21:33
BlackBerry has launched its second Android smartphone, the DTEK50, priced at US$299. The DTEK50 features a 5.2-inch display with a 1920 by 1080 resolution, Qualcomm 8-core Snapdragon 617 CPU, 13-megapixel main camera and 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and supports Quick Charge 2.0 fast charging te...
Samsung likely to unveil Galaxy Note 7 on August 2
Jul 27, 11:39
Samsung Electronics has announced a product event on August 2 in New York City where the vendor is expected to officially announce its new flagship smartphone for the second half of 2016, the Galaxy Note 7.
HTC to face increasing competition in VR market in 2H16
Jul 26, 11:05
HTC is expected to face increasing competition from other brand vendors in the VR (virtual reality) market in the second half of 2016 as VR or AR (augmented reality) devices appear to be hot-selling items for the forthcoming year-end holiday shopping season, according to industry sources.
Digitimes Research: MWC Shanghai focuses on smart services
Jul 25, 15:20
While Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona during February 22-25 focused on unveiling of new smartphones and exhibiting advance telecom technologies, MWC Shanghai 2016 during June 29-July 1 featured smart service applications and the telecom industry ecosystem in China, according to Digitimes...
HTC to participate in US-sponsored AWRI program
Jul 20, 14:13
HTC has announced that it will participate in the Advanced Wireless Research Initiative (AWRI) program launched jointly by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Science Foundation of the US.
HTC to hold 3Q16 investors conference on August 2
Newswatch - Jul 19, 22:32
HTC will hold its investors conference for the third quarter on August 2. The company is expected to report a loss of NT$1.5-2 billion for the second quarter, down from a loss of NT$2.6 billion recorded a quarter earlier.
Handset LED market to decline, says IHS
Jul 18, 22:14
The market for LEDs used in mobile phones – including backlighting behind the display, keypad illumination and camera flash - will decline at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6% from 2015 to 2021, according to IHS. Increased penetration of organic LEDs (OLED) is a primary reason for...
SoftBank to acquire ARM
Jul 18, 16:24
The boards of directors of SoftBank and ARM have announced that they have reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended all-cash acquisition of ARM for GBP24.3 billion (US$32.2 billion).
Smartphone vendors crossing into notebook market for growth
Jul 18, 15:57
China-based Huawei and Xiaomi have entered the notebook market and Korea-based smartphone brand vendors Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are also releasing products for the market. Sources from the upstream supply chain have commented that these players are becoming strong competitors to existing...
Huawei pushing mobile payment system in China
Jul 14, 14:33
With Asia's mobile payment market growing rapidly, in addition to Apple and Samsung Electronics' payment platforms, China-based Huawei, the largest smartphone vendor in China, has released its in-house developed payment system, looking to expand its mobile payment market share in China.
Garmin enters Taiwan micropayment market
Jul 14, 11:52
Garmin has cooperated with Taiwan-based micropayment firm iPass to launch wearable devices that are able to measure heart rates and support micropayments.
Asustek unveils new products for 2H16
Jul 13, 11:39
Asustek Computer has unveiled a number of new products for the second half of 2016, including ZenFone 3 family products, Transformer 3 Pro 2-in-1, and ZenPad 3S 10 tablet.
Pegatron sees over 30% growth in June revenues
Jul 12, 15:32
Pegatron Technology has announced consolidated revenues of NT$93.35 billion (US$2.89 billion) for June, growing 40.27% on month and 33.34% on year, and NT$224.98 billion for the second quarter, down 12.24% sequentially and 3.2% on year.
Flagship phone demand might disappoint in 2H16
Jul 12, 14:26
Smartphone vendors might see sales of their flagship models disappoint in the second half of 2016 due to lack of upgrades, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses.
Asustek sees growth in June revenues; conservative about 3Q16
Jul 12, 11:14
Asustek Computer saw its June consolidated revenues grow 33% on month and 2% on year to reach NT$42.39 billion (US$1.32 billion), but its revenues in the second quarter were down 14.64% sequentially and 5% on year to reach only NT$93.94 billion.
Arima Communications sees shipments down in June
Stockwatch - Jul 12, 11:01
Handset ODM Arima Communications has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.341 billion (US$41.4 million) for June, slipping 37.50% from the previous month as smartphone shipments declined to 680,000 units in the month compared to 890,000 units shipped a month earlier.
Asustek new products expected to improve 2H16 operations
Jul 11, 15:36
Asustek Computer had slow performance in the first half as demand for notebooks continues to weaken, and the company has been reducing its existing ZenFone shipments in preparation to launch next-generation models. The company's performance is expected to start picking up with launches of new notebooks,...
Taiwan market: Xiaomi launches new consumer electronics
Jul 11, 11:52
China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi has launched its new consumer electronics in Taiwan including the 6.4-inch Xiaomi Max smartphone, the Mi Air Purifier 2 and the Mi Smart LED Lamp. The company has also introduced its new smartphone user interface MIUI 8.
LG likely to lower smartphone shipment target for 2Q16, says paper
Jul 11, 10:58
LG Electronics is expected to lower its smartphone shipment target for the second quarter of 2016 to 15 million units from 16.5 million projected previously due to lower-than-expected sales of its LG G5 smartphone, according to a Korea-based Aju Business Daily report.
Foxconn takes up Microsoft handset plant in Vietnam
Jul 11, 10:51
Foxconn Electronics has announced that one of its subsidiaries, Chief Expertise, has purchased a 100% stake of Microsoft Mobile (Vietnam), a handset unit of Microsoft Mobile in Vietnam, for VND492 million (US$22 million).
Japan market: HTC launches HTC Vive
Jul 8, 11:19
HTC on July 7 announced the launch of HTC Vive, its first virtual reality (VR) device, in the Japan market and is cooperating with several local retail chains and games developers to promote sales.
Compal, Pegatron refutes LeTV payment delay rumor
Stockwatch - Jul 8, 10:22
China-based LeTV reportedly has delayed its payments to its upstream smartphone component and ODM partners due to having some funding gap, but Compal Electronics and Pegatron Technology both noted that they have received their payments.
Synnex June revenues hit record
Jul 8, 10:19
IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International on July 7 reported consolidated revenues of NT$29.810 billion (US$920 million) for June, its highest monthly level on record with growth of 8.88% on month and of 15.79% on year.
HTC reports decreased revenues for June
Newswatch - Jul 6, 20:17
HTC has reported revenues of NT$6.36 billion (US$196.54 million) for June, down 5.7% on month and 26.7% on year. The performance was lower than market expectations.
Xiaomi to launch high-end smartphones in 2H16
Jul 5, 11:35
Xiaomi Technology will launch a high-end smartphone in the second half of 2016 targeting the CNY4,000-5,000 (US$606-758) segment, according to the company's co-founder Li Wangjiang.
Taiwan market: Asia Pacific Telecom to set up LoRaWAN for IoT, says paper
Newswatch - Jul 4, 14:14
Mobile telecom carrier Asia Pacific Telecom will deploy 500 LoRaWAN (low-power long-range wide area network) hot spots in Taipei City, New Taipei City and Taoyuan City, northern Taiwan, for IoT (Internet of Things) applications in July and will add hot spots in other areas in Taiwan later in the third...
Huawei ships 28.3 million smartphones in 1Q16, says report
Jul 1, 12:10
China-based vendor Huawei Technologies shipped 28.3 million smartphones globally in the first quarter of 2016, hiking 64% on year, and aims to ship 140 million units in 2016, according a Chinese-language Tencent report citing Huawei's end product manager Kevin Ho.
HTC, investment firms to form VR venture capital alliance
Jun 30, 15:11
HTC has announced that it has teamed up with a total of 28 venture investment companies, including Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners, to form the Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA) to promote the development of the global VR industry and its ecosystem.
HTC invests more capital into overseas subsidiary
Stockwatch - Jun 29, 21:53
HTC has invested an additional US$2 million into its overseas subsidiary HTC (BVI). The new capital is to finance future investment projects to be carried out by the subsidiary.
Sony to ship 9 million PS VR headsets in 2016, says paper
Newswatch - Jun 27, 13:52
Sony is expected to ship up to six million units of PlayStation VR (PS VR) headsets in 2016, accounting for 67% of the global VR HMD market, according to a Chinese-language Liberty Times reports, citing data fromTaipei-based Topology Research Institute.