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Asustek apologizes over ZenFone pricing blunder

Apr 18, 16:22

Asustek Computer has apologized to Taiwan's consumers for a difference in prices and specifications for its ZenFone smartphones sold in Taiwan and China.

China market: Apple, Samsung account for 85% of 4G LTE smartphone market in January-February

Apr 18, 16:04

Apple and Samsung Electronics combined took an 85% share of the 4G LTE smartphone market in China in the first two months of 2014, according to data compiled by China-based Sino Market Research.

Commentary: Foxconn relies too heavily on Apple

Apr 18, 15:07

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is exposing itself to high risks by relying too much on a single client. Foxconn has revealed that its biggest client accounted for 50.63%, or NT$2 trillion of its revenues in 2013, up from 47.77%, or NT$1.86 trillion in 2012.

Asustek expects to ship over 1 million ZenFone smartphones in 2Q14, says CEO

Apr 18, 13:50

Asustek Computer has launched its ZenFone smartphones for pre-orders in China, Taiwan and Indonesia and expects to ship more than one million units in total in the second quarter of 2014, according to company CEO Jerry Shen.

Asustek adopts hostile marketing to gain attention in China smartphone market

Apr 18, 12:22

To compete for a share of China's smartphone market, Asustek Computer has started to adopt a more hostile marketing strategy by pointing out perceived shortcomings of its competitors, hoping to attract more consumer attention.

Global smartphone shipments up to nearly 277 million units in 1Q14, says TrendForce

Apr 18, 11:48

Global smartphone shipments rose 1.13% on quarter to 266.9 million units in the first quarter of 2014, and are expected to climb another 6.7% to 284.5 million units in the following quarter, according to TrendForce.

Taiwan market: Chunghwa Telecom teams up with Sony Mobile to launch 4G devices

Apr 18, 10:34

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) on April 17 announced cooperation with Sony Mobile Communications to launch four 4G-enabled smartphones and a 4G-enabled tablet in a bid to promote its 4G services which are scheduled for launch in the third quarter of 2014.

Taiwan market: HTC to launch Desire 816, Desire 610

Apr 17, 16:05

HTC will unveil its mid-range models, the Desire 816 and Desire 610, in the Taiwan market on April 23 with delivery of the smartrphones to the market expected to take place starting at the end of the month.

FIC ruggedized tablet subsidiary receives procurement orders from Brazil

Apr 16, 21:24

Ubiqconn Applied Computer, a ruggedized tablet manufacturing subsidiary of Taiwan-based First International Computer (FIC), recently landed procurement orders from the government in Brazil and is expected to see strong revenue growth in 2014, according to the company.

China market: Local smartphone vendors accelerating LTE launches

Apr 16, 21:13

China-based handset vendors, including Coolpad, Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, Gionee, K-Touch and TCL, have each accelerated the launch of their 4G LTE smartphones in an attempt to grab market share from international players, notably Samsung Electronics and Apple, according to industry sources.

Samsung Galaxy S5 carries over US$250 BOM, IHS teardown reveals

Apr 16, 14:48

The Samsung Galaxy S5 with 32GB of NAND flash memory carries a BOM of US$251.52, according to IHS. The cost rises to US$256.52 when the US$5 manufacturing cost is added.

Samsung, HTC, Sony Mobile likely to launch mini flagship models

Apr 16, 11:32

Samsung Electronics, HTC and Sony Mobile Communications are expected to launch mini versions of their latest flagship smartphones starting at the end of the second quarter of 2014, according to sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain.

Taiwan market: Acer to launch Liquid E3 smartphone

Apr 15, 19:47

Acer on April 15 unveiled a mid-range Android 4.2.2 smartphone, the Liquid E3, for launch in the Taiwan market at a contract-free retail price of NT$9,990 (US$330).

Digitimes Research: Taiwan handset shipments drop 1.6% sequentially in 1Q14

Apr 15, 15:44

Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS) saw a significant increase in handset shipments in first-quarter 2014, because of Nokia's joint design manufacturing (JDM) orders for feature phones, while Compal Communications also achieved sequential shipment growth. Only Arima Communications suffered a slight...

HTC, Samsung to offer alternative chassis choices for flagship smartphones, say Taiwan makers

Apr 15, 15:26

HTC and Samsung Electronics both reportedly plan to expand the product families of their latest flagship smartphones, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Taiwan market: FET launches LTE smartphone

Apr 15, 12:33

Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET), one of the six 4G mobile communication licensees in Taiwan, has announced the launch of Smart 405, an own-brand 700MHz-supporting LTE smartphone model, in the Taiwan market in preparation for starting 4G commercial operation in third-quarter 2014.

Initial shipments of most new flagship smartphones running high, but Xperia Z2 in shortages

Apr 15, 12:09

Initial shipments of new flagship smartphones launched by Samsung Electronics, HTC and LG Electronics have been stable, but Sony Mobile Communications reportedly has encountered a shortage for the supply of its new flagship model, the Xperia Z2, according to market sources.

Taiwan market: Lenovo expects 200% increase in 2014 PC sales to SMBs

Apr 14, 10:34

Lenovo expects desktop, notebook and tablet sales to small- to medium-size businesses (SMBs) in the Taiwan market to triple in 2014, according to Lenovo Taiwan general manager Justin Liang.

China market: Apple dominates 4G smartphones sales in January-February 2014, says Sino Market Research

Apr 14, 10:24

Apple had a dominant market share of 58.7% for 4G smartphones sold in the China market in January-February 2014, followed by Samsung Electronics with 26.4%, Coolpad 9.4%, K-Touch 2.5%, Sony 1.2% and Huawei 0.8%, according to Sino Market Researh.

Worldwide wearables shipments to reach 112 million in 2018, says IDC

Apr 11, 14:06

The worldwide wearable computing market (commonly referred to as "wearables") is finally expanding beyond early adopter status to more functional and stylish lifestyle accessories that are making their way onto the pages of GQ and Shape as well as Computerworld and Wired. According to IDC,...

Synnex Technology March revenues up

Apr 11, 10:52

Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International on April 10 reported consolidated revenues of NT$30.03 billion (US$987 million) for March, growing 30.2% on month and 10.3% on year.

Taiwan panel makers have order visibility for the Transformer Book T1000 until June

Apr 9, 21:42

Panel makers Innolux and AU Optronics (AUO) have order visibility for Asustek Computer's Transformer Book T1000 until June, according to industry sources.

Asustek reports revenues for March

Stockwatch - Apr 9, 20:27

Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$38.63 billion (US$1.28 billion) for March 2014, representing a 5.51% increase on month, but a 7.69% drop on year.

Taiwan market: Asustek releases ZenFone smartphones in Taiwan; expects to sell 5 million units in 2014

Apr 9, 14:28

Asustek Computer started selling its ZenFone series smartphones in Taiwan on April 8. Chairman Jonney Shih said the company expects sales of its ZenFone products to surpass five million units in 2014.

Handset ODM Arima sees sales up in March

Newswatch - Apr 9, 11:22

Handset ODM Arima Communications has reported revenues of NT$3.2 billion (US$106.23 million) for March, up 82.7% sequentially and 106.2% on year. For the first quarter of 2014, revenues totaled NT$6.76 billion, increasing over 30% from a year earlier.

FPCB suppliers reportedly deliver samples for Apple iWatch validation

Apr 8, 21:52

Flexible PCB suppliers Flexium Interconnect, Zhen Ding Technology Holding and Career Technology reportedly have delivered FPCB samples for use in iWatch devices to Apple for validation, according to industry sources.

Apple iWatch said to release in 3Q13 with Quanta, TPK, Richtek in supply chain, says paper

Newswatch - Apr 8, 16:19

Apple is rumored to unveil its wearable device iWatch in the third quarter and will target 65 million units in shipments for 2014, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Samsung announces performance guidance for 1Q14

Newswatch - Apr 8, 15:44

Samsung Electronics has announced that its consolidated sales for the first quarter of 2014 are likely to reach KRW53 trillion (US$50.19 billion) or in a range of KRW51-55 trillion compared to KRW59.28 trillion of the previous quarter and KRW52.87 trillion of a year earlier.

HTC March revenues more than double sequentially

Apr 8, 10:56

HTC has announced consolidated revenues of NT$16.23 billion (US$534 million) for March, growing 124.6% on month and 2.2% on year, buoyed by the release of its new flagship model the new HTC One (M8) and the mid-range HTC Desire 816.

Apple reportedly to develop baseband chips for iPhones in house, say sources

Apr 7, 22:28

Apple reportedly plans to form a R&D team to develop baseband processors for use in iPhones to be released in 2015 and will place the baseband chip orders with Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries, according to industry sources.

Microsoft and MediaTek rumored to be looking to push Windows tablets in the China white-box tablet market

Apr 7, 21:33

Microsoft reportedly has been aggressively trying to persuade MediaTek to push Windows-based tablets in China's white-box market and with the software giant's announcement of offering free Windows licensing to mobile devices sized below 9-inches, sources from the upstream supply chain expect a high...

Sporton, GCF to jointly host testing technology forum in April

Newswatch - Apr 7, 16:04

Mobile phone testing company Sporton International and the Global Certification Forum (GCF) will jointly hold a symposium in Taipei from April 8-11 to discuss related testing technology and solutions for the mobile communication industry.

ECS aims to ship 3 million education-use tablets in 2014, says paper

Newswatch - Apr 7, 09:51

Taiwan-based ODM Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has begun small-volume shipments of tablets specifically for use in education, and aims to ship three million units in 2014, according to Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

Each smartphone sold to contribute US$10 to TSMC revenues, say sources

Apr 3, 15:46

The contribution of each smartphone sold worldwide to the revenues of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to reach US$10 soon due to an increase in chips used in smartphones and the production of high-priced 4G chips, according to industry sources.

Chromebook shipments reach 2.1 million for 2013,forecast to reach 11 million worldwide by 2019, says ABI Research

Apr 3, 11:52

An estimated 2.1 million Chromebooks shipped in 2013 with nearly 89% of total shipments reaching North America, according to market intelligence firm ABI Research. As Chromebook shipments expand globally, ABI Research forecasts a CAGR of 28% to 11 million in 2019.

Global Chromebook shipments in 2014 estimated at 4-5 million units, say Taiwan makers

Apr 3, 10:50

Global Chromebook shipments in 2014 are expected to reach only 4-5 million units mainly because cloud-based storage is not popular enough and 4G mobile access is not sufficiently available, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

China-based Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi aim at annual shipments of 100 million smartphones

Apr 2, 20:59

Huawei Device and Xiaomi Technology aim to ship 100 million smartphones globally in 2015, while fellow vendor Lenovo aims to hit 100 million in its 2014 fiscal year (April 2014-March 2015), according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Commentary: Taiwan handset vendors, ODMs advised to optimize rising supply chain in China

Apr 2, 16:36

Taiwan-based handset vendors and ODMs are advised to optimize the advantages of the handset supply chain in China to sharpen their competiveness and to avoid of being marginalized in the global handset market.

China market: Asustek braces for strong smartphone competition

Apr 1, 21:57

Asustek Computer's plan to boost sales of its new ZenFone series smartphones in China with low prices could meet strong competition from local brands including Huawei, TCL, Xiaomi Technology and ZTE, according to industry sources.

Synnex Technology nets NT$3.32 per share for 2013

Mar 31, 21:20

Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International on March 31 reported consolidated revenues of NT$330.3 billion (US$11.1 billion), net operating profit of NT$3.88 billion, net profit of NT$5.27 billion and net earnings per share of NT$3.32 for its 2013 ope...

China has 1.24 billion mobile phone users in February, says MIIT

Mar 31, 10:13

There were 1.24 billion subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of February 2014, growing 0.36% sequentially and 9.52% on year, and 429.79 million (34.67%) of them were 3G users and 839.05 million (67.68%) mobile Internet-access users, according to China's Ministry of Industry and...

Acer announces Greater China president Scott Lin to retire; posts losses for 2013

Mar 28, 16:05

Acer has announced that Scott Lin, Senior Corporate VP and President of Greater China regional operations will retire on April 30, 2013. Lin has been at the company for 30 years, and since October 2011, has led the Greater China regional operations as president.

Worldwide PC, tablet, ultra-mobile and mobile handset shipments to grow 6.9% in 2014, says Gartner

Mar 28, 11:03

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultra-mobiles and handsets) are projected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2014, a 6.9% increase from 2013, according to Gartner. Device shipments grew 4.8% in 2013. Sales of traditional PCs will continue to hamper the overall growth of devices, and...

Microsoft aims at global shipments of 25 million Windows tablets in 2014, say Taiwan makers

Mar 27, 20:22

Microsoft has set an internal goal of increasing global Windows tablet shipments, including its Surface, in 2014 to 25 million units, five times the five million units shipped in 2013, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

China market: Handset vendors launching higher-specification models to win market share

Mar 26, 22:11

China-based handset vendors are rolling out smartphones with higher hardware specifications such as 2560 by 1440 (QHD) displays and 50-megapixel cameras in order to compete with first-tier vendors in the high-end segment, according to industry sources.

HTC launches new HTC One

Mar 26, 14:51

HTC has unveiled its new high-end flagship model, the HTC One (M8), in New York and London simultaneously, aiming to rekindle its sagging smartphone sales as well as to shore up its dwindling market share.

China smartphone market to reach 422 million units in 2014, says Digitimes Research

Mar 26, 14:06

Demand in China's smartphone market is expected to reach 422 million units in 2014, with 278 million units contributed by China-based vendors, according to the latest Digitimes Research Special Reprort, "2014 China Smartphone Market and Industry - Forecast and Analysis."

MacBook shipments in 2014 may fall to 10 million units, say Taiwan makers

Mar 25, 21:10

MacBook shipments in 2014 are likely to drop by about 15% from 12 million units in 2013 to 10 million units or even 9.9 million units, according to some of Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone vendors to continue focusing on entry-level to mid-range models in 1H14

Mar 25, 14:12

China-based handset vendors will continue to focus on rolling out entry-level to mid-range smartphones for China and other emerging markets in the first half of 2014 due to persistently strong demand for those models, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan market: iPhone 5C sales short of original expectation

Mar 24, 20:38

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), Taiwan Mobile (TWM) and Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) on October 25, 2103 began contract-bundled sale of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in the Taiwan market, and an estimated total of 20,000-30,000 iPhone 5Cs have been sold through the three mobile telecom carriers so far, with...

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