Oculus reportedly in talks with MSI for VR cooperation
Sep 22, 12:14
Oculus reportedly is also interested in virtual reality (VR) backpack PC products developed by Micro-Star International (MSI), and the two companies are currently in talks for cooperation, according to industry sources.
China market: LeEco launches new smartphone
Sep 22, 11:14
China-based LCD TV and smartphone vendor LeEco has launched its new Le Pro 3 smartphone and with the device, the company is expected to ship over 15 million smartphones in 2016, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Microsoft unveils Nokia 216 feature phone
Newswatch - Sep 22, 09:01
Microsoft has unveiled a new feature phone, the Nokia 216, which sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display enabling Internet browsing, viewing pictures, playing videos and gaming.
Taiwan market: China smartphone vendor Meitu launches M6
Newswatch - Sep 21, 21:40
China-based smartphone vendor Meitu has launched its Meitu M6 smartphone in the Taiwan market. The Meitu M6, which features a 5-inch Full HD display and an octa-core MediaTek Helio 10P CPU, is available at NT$12,990 (US$414) unlocked.
Taiwan market: HTC launches Desire 10 Lifestyle
Newswatch - Sep 21, 14:49
HTC has begun marketing its mid-range HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle smartphone in Taiwan and globally. The Desire 10 Lifestyle, which features a 5.5-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU and a 13-megapixel main camera, is available at NT$7,990 (US$255) unlocked in the local market.
China market: Smartphone vendors foray into mobile payment market
Sep 21, 12:39
With the number of mobile payment users in China still expanding robustly and is likely to reach 200 million in 2016, which is more than five times the market size in the US, brand smartphone vendors including Apple, Samsung Electronics and local brands Huawei and Xiaomi Technology have forayed into...
Acer to release VR backpack for 2017, targeting B2B market
Sep 21, 11:48
Acer is planning to launch a virtual reality (VR) backpack for 2017, but instead of the consumer sector, the product will mainly focus on the business to business (B2B) market. The product will sell with the StarVR head-worn VR device, which Acer has partnered with Sweden-based game developer Starbreeze...
Asustek launches ZenFone 3 in Russia, says paper
Newswatch - Sep 19, 15:41
Asustek Computer recently hosted a product launch conference in Moscow, Russia and is the largest vendor in the country for many product lines including motherboards, graphics cards and notebooks. Asustek's ZenFone smartphone is also the second best-selling in the country's 5.5- to 6-inch segment,...
Sprint intros MediaTek-powered smartphone
Sep 19, 14:36
Sprint has introduced the LG X Power, which features the MediaTek Helio P10-series chipset. The device is the first MediaTek-powered smartphone available from Sprint breaking new ground for MediaTek in the US market.
China market: Oppo still ramping up component, panel orders, say sources
Sep 19, 13:50
China-based smartphone vendor Oppo, which had its shipments impeded partially by tight supply of flat panels recently, has continued to ramp up its orders for parts and components, particularly panel products, as it still aims to ship 100 million smartphones in 2016, according to sources from Taiwan's...
China-based wearable device vendors see shipments growth in 2Q16, says IDC
Sep 14, 16:38
China shipped 9.54 million wearable devices in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 13.2% from the previous quarter and up 81.4% from a year earlier, according to IDC's China Wearable Device Market Quarterly Tracker report. Shipments of basic wearable devices such as wristbands, children's watches...
China market: Xiaomi investigating smartphone explosions
Sep 13, 15:34
China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology has commissioned a third-party organization to investigate two cases of explosions of its smartphones breaking out in China recently, according to a Taipei-based Central News Agency (CNA) report.
MSI partners with HTC to release VR One backpack PC
Sep 13, 14:00
Micro-Star International (MSI) has launched the VR One, a virtual reality (VR) backpack PC, in partnership with HTC's Vive team, featuring high-end specifications, specially designed connection cables and light weight.
Smartphone shipments grow 3% on year in Indonesia in 2Q16, says IDC
Newswatch - Sep 12, 11:53
Total smartphone shipments in the Indonesia market recorded a moderate 3% on-year and 22% on-quarter growth in the second quarter of 2016, according to IDC. Growth was a seasonal increase due to Ramadan, with vendors increasing supply in order to cope with demand.
Asustek August revenues up on month
Sep 12, 10:57
Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$39.858 billion (US$1.26 billion) for August, increasing 19.55% on month but decreasing 2.38% on year, and NT$295.795 billion for January-August, inching up 0.04% on year.
Acer sees August revenues drop on year
Stockwatch - Sep 9, 15:45
Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$18.974 billion (US$604.33 million) for August 2016, representing a 10.96% increase on month and 9.64% drop on year.
China smartphone vendors face high inventory levels
Sep 9, 12:21
China-based smartphone vendors have become more conservative about placing orders for parts and components for the fourth quarter of 2016 due to concerns of rising inventory levels and uncertainty due to competition, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Apple pulls in chip orders for new Apple Watch, say sources
Sep 9, 11:47
Apple has increased chip and component orders for its new Apple Watch Series 2 products with monthly shipment volumes for August and September both surpassing two million units, according to sources from the supply chain in Taiwan.
Commentary: Business outlook for HMD VR devices still unclear
Sep 8, 16:00
With HTC, Samsung Electronics, Oculus and Google keenly developing hardware devices and related software solutions, the virtual reality (VR) industry looks promising. But not all industry watchers are confident about the business prospects for headed-mounted display (HMD) VR devices.
Apple introduces iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Sep 8, 11:37
Apple has introduced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 series is the first water and dust resistant iPhone. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in more than 25 countries beginning September 16.
LG unveils new flagship smartphone
Sep 7, 21:07
LG Electronics has unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the V20, for 2016. The new smartphone features a 5.7-inch QHD IPS main display, 2.1-inch secondary screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU and a 3200mAh battery, with 4GB RAM/64GB ROM.
Foxconn shipping new iPhones from Henan, say reports
Newswatch - Sep 6, 22:04
As of September 5, Foxconn has shipped out a total of 371,000 units of next generation iPhone devices through customs in Henan province, China. The new iPhones are designated for markets including the US, UK, Netherlands and Italy, according to media reports in China.
HTC sees revenues up on month in August
Newswatch - Sep 6, 21:12
HTC has reported revenues of NT$6.58 billion (US$209.94) million) for August, up 4.11% on month but down 4.51% on year. Accumulated 2016 revenues through August totaled NT$46.58 billion, decreasing 47.56% from a year earlier.
Taiwan market: HTC begins selling fitness bands
Newswatch - Sep 6, 21:04
HTC has has begun selling the UA Band smart fitness bracelet in the Taiwan market and will launch the UA Heart Rate at the end of September. HTC co-developed the devices with US-based Under Armour
Synnex sees increased August revenues
Sep 6, 21:00
IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International on September 6 reported consolidated revenues of NT$30.45 billion (US$960 million) for August, the highest monthly level so far in 2016 with growth of 5.9% on month and 8.3% on year.
China market: TP-Link to launch own-brand smartphones
Sep 6, 13:55
China-based wireless networking/communication device vendor TP-Link Technologies is currently showcasing a number of smartphones at the ongoing IFA 2016 trade fair and plans to launch two models under own brand Neffos in early 2017, according to media reports in China.
Apple reportedly hikes order volumes for new iPhone devices
Sep 5, 11:19
Apple reportedly has revised upward orders by 10% for parts and components needed for production of the new iPhone devices scheduled to be released on September 7, according to sources from the iPhone supply chain in Taiwan.
IFA 2016: Acer unveils VR devices and new notebooks
Sep 1, 12:33
Acer has unveiled a number of new products, including ultrathin notebooks, Chromebooks, VR devices, 2-in-1 models, tablets and smartphones, at a product presentation prior to the opening of IFA 2016.
IFA 2016: Asustek launches new mobile devices
Sep 1, 12:16
Asustek Computer unveiled its latest innovations at the pre-show conference before IFA 2016 including its ZenWatch 3 smartwatch, new 2-in-1 devices and gaming notebooks.
HTC to unveil HTC One A9s at IFA 2016, says report
Aug 31, 11:50
HTC is expected to unveil a number of new smartphones at the upcoming IFA 2016, which may include the HTC One A9s, Desire 10 Pro, Desire 10 Lifestyle and two models of Nexus phones, according to a Chinese-language Central News Agency (CNA) report.
Taiwan market: LG launches X-series smartphones
Aug 31, 11:35
LG Electronics has launched two models of its new X-series smartphones, the LG X Fast (X5) and the X Power (X3), in the Taiwan market, aiming to ramp up the sales value of smartphones sold in the local market by over 50% on year in 2016.
Samsung announces mass production of 14nm Exynos chips
Aug 30, 21:17
Samsung Electronics has announced mass production of the Exynos 7 Quad 7570 built on 14nm process technology for the budget smartphone market as well as other IoT devices. Exynos 7570 is also Samsung's first Exynos processor to fully integrate a Cat.4 LTE 2CA modem and connectivity solutions including...
China market: Coolpad looks to make a turnaround, says paper
Aug 30, 15:47
China-based smartphone vendor Coolpad has recently launched a new model, the Coolpad Cool 1, aiming to ship a total of 50-60 million smartphones in 2016 and over 100 million units in 2017, according to a Chinese-language China Business News (CBN) report.
Asustek to struggle to reach 2016 smartphone shipment target
Aug 26, 11:46
Asustek Computer will struggle to attain its revised goal of shipping 25 million smartphones in 2016 due to strong competition it faces from local vendors in China, as well as from China- and India-based vendors in India, according to industry sources.