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Asia Pacific Telecom gearing up for 5G network deployments

Oct 20, 16:03

Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) is actively proceeding with deployments of 5G mobile communications infrastructure, with a spate of tests and certifications of network technologies scheduled to kick off by the end of 2018, according to company sources.

APT chairman Lu Fang-ming

Taiwan market: Xiaomi launches new flagship smartphone

Oct 20, 15:06

China-based Xiaomi has launched its new Xiaomi Mix 2 smartphone in Taiwan, featuring an all-screen 18:9 ratio 5.99-inch display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB memory and 64GB/128GB storage.

Xiaomi Mix 2 smartphone

White-box smartphone players adopting new innovations to enhance competitiveness

Oct 20, 11:22

Facing fierce competitions from first-tier vendors, white-box smartphone vendors have been incorporating the latest technologies such as all-screen high-resolution displays, fingerprint identification sensors and ultra-thin form factor design into their new smartphones to enhance their competitiveness,...

Digitimes Research: Global AR/VR HMD device shipments to grow at 41.6% CAGR in 2017-2022

Oct 19, 15:40

Global shipments of AR/VR head-mounted display (HMD) devices, including standalone models, are expected to grow by a CAGR of 41.6% during the period from 2017 to 2022, Digitimes Research estimates.

Bright prospect for wireless charging: Q&A with WPC chairman Menno Treffers

Oct 19, 14:23

Wireless charging is emerging as a new major feature of high-end smartphones after Apple, Samsung and other leading vendors incorporated it into their latest smartphone models.The global wireless charging sector is expected to flourish steadily along with likely technological breakthrough for long-distance...

Menno Treffers, chairman of WPC

HTC to introduce new smartphone in November

Oct 19, 13:14

HTC has sent out invitations for a product event to be held in Taipei on November 2. It is highly anticipated that the vendor will unveil its first all-screen model, dubbed HTC U 11 Plus, during the event.

Taiwan makers all set for mini LED

Oct 19, 12:11

Taiwan-based LED firms, in view of tight supply of AMOLED smartphone panels and increasing competition in the LED backlighting segment from China-based makers, are ready adopt mini LEDs for TV and smartphone backlighting applications and fine pixel pitch displays, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm announced 5G data connection on 5G modem chipset for mobile devices

Oct 18, 16:01

Qualcomm has announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, has successfully achieved a 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset for mobile devices. The 5G data connection demonstration took place in Qualcomm Technologies' laboratories in San Diego.

Xiaomi aims to ship 90 million smartphones in 2017

Oct 17, 15:03

China-based Xiaomi Technology expects its smartphone shipments to reach 90 million units in 2017, the company's highest annual shipments, according to company founder and CEO Lei Jun.

Huawei announces Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro

Oct 17, 12:17

Huawei has announced the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, two new high-end Android phones that are powered by the AI-specific Kirin 970 chips.

Huawei Mate 10

Yield rates for iPhone X components improving

Oct 17, 11:00

Yield rates for certain iPhone X components have improved and become more stable, and shipments of the smartphone are set to grow substantially after October, according to sources from Apple's supply chain.

iPhone X components supply has become stable

Foxconn begins shipping iPhone X, says report

Oct 16, 12:18

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai) has started shipping iPhone X devices, with the first batch of 46,500 units already being shipped out from Zhengzhou and Shanghai to the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates (UAE), respectively, according to a China-based Xinhuanet.com report.

Samsung to focus on promoting Gear Sport smartwatches

Oct 13, 16:06

Samsung Electronics has adjusted its strategy for wearable devices to focus on promoting its newly released Gear Sport smartwatch and wireless earphone Gear IconX 2018 products, while slowing down a further development of its Classic-series devices, according to sources at the Korea-based electronics...

Samsung to focus on promoting Gear Sport

Asustek revenues increase in September

Oct 12, 15:35

Asustek Computer has reported consolidated sales of NT$45.11 billion (US$1.48 billion) for September, increasing 19% on month and 1.1% on year thanks to stable notebook, motherboard and graphics card shipments as well as the releases of its ZenFone 4 series smartphones.

Qualcomm faces antitrust fine in Taiwan

Oct 12, 11:40

Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has concluded an investigation into wireless chipmaker Qualcomm, finding that certain of the company's business practices are in violation of Taiwan's antitrust law, and imposing a fine of approximately NT$23.4 billion (US$773 million).

Qualcomm says it will appeal the FTC ruling

Synnex September revenues hit record

Oct 12, 11:33

IT and consumer electronics distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$37.503 billion (US$1.24 billion) for September, hitting a monthly record for the second consecutive month with growth of 7.90% on month and 15.96% on year.

Synnex to set up logistics center in Indonesia

Oct 12, 11:23

IT and consumer electronics distributor Synnex Technology International has announced a plan to build a logistics center in Indonesia with estimated investment of NT$600 million (US$19.8 million), consisting of NT$130 million for land acquisition, NT$290 million for building construction and NT$180...

Acer revenues flat on year in September

Oct 11, 17:00

Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$22.357 billion (US$739.44 million) for September 2017, representing a 11.47% increase on month and 0.77% drop on year.

HTC sees revenues more than double on month in September

Oct 11, 12:53

HTC saw its consolidated revenues more than double sequentially to NT$6.51 billion (US$214.41 million) in September, buoyed by shipments of Pixel 2 smartphones to Google. The monthly figure still represented a decline of 30% from a year earlier.

HTC

TCL sells shares of handset business unit to strategic partners

Oct 11, 12:46

China-based TCL Group has disclosed that it has transferred up to 49% of its holdings in TCL Communication Technology Holdings to three strategic partners for HK$490 million (US$62.79 million).

TCL is releasing shares of its handset business unit to strategic partners

Win Semiconductors reportedly enters iPhone X supply chain

Oct 6, 13:59

Win Semiconductors, one of Taiwan's top-3 GaAs PA (power amplifier) suppliers, has reported consolidated revenues of NT$4.395 billion (US$144.58 million) in the third quarter of 2017, surging 15.19% on quarter and 23.88% on year. The impressive growth was reportedly driven by the firm's indirect foray...

Low yield rates for 3D sensing modules to blame for smartphone shipment delays

Oct 5, 10:55

Low yield rates during production for 3D sensing modules to be incorporated into Apple's iPhone X and other Android-based smartphone brands have forced major global vendors to postpone their shipments of new smartphone models with 3D sensors, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Sony Mobile launches mid-tier Xperia XA1 Plus

Oct 3, 11:00

Sony Mobile Communications has launched its new mid-tier model, Xperia XA1 Plus, in the Taiwan market, priced at NT$11,900 (US$392) unlocked.

Sony Mobile launches Xperia XA1 Plus

Xiaomi aims at monthly shipments of over 10 million smartphones in 4Q17

Oct 3, 10:48

Xiaomi shipped over 10 million smartphones worldwide in September and will strive to also ship over 10 million units each month in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to company founder and CEO Lei Jun.

Xiaomi's smartphone shipments reached a milestone in September

HTC likely to launch HTC U11 Plus in 4Q17

Sep 29, 16:10

HTC is expected to launch a new flagship smartphone in the fourth quarter of 2017 as it has vowed to continue to strive in the global smartphone market despite Google taking over about 2,000 of its engineers.

Partnerships that matter: Q&A with HMD Global CMO Pekka Rantala

Sep 29, 12:53

HMD Global, which began to market Nokia-branded feature phones and smartphones through a license agreement with Nokia at the end of 2016, has further enriched its product portfolio with the launch of its latest smartphone, Nokia 8.

HMD CMO Pekka Rantala

Taiwan market: Smartphone vendors also eyeing entry-level, mid-tier segments

Sep 29, 11:53

A number of smartphone vendors are gearing up efforts to promote entry-level and mid-tier models in the Taiwan market despite mounting competition brought upon by the availability of some high-end products, according to market sources.

More entry-level and mid-tier smartphone models are being launched

China makes 820 million smartphones in January-July, says MIIT

Sep 26, 15:57

China-based firms made 1,100.82 million handsets in January-July 2017, increasing 4.0% on year, and 820.75 million of them were smartphones, growing 3.4%, according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Apple iPhone 8 Plus carries over US$280 BOM, IHS teardown reveals

Sep 26, 13:47

The new Apple iPhone 8 Plus, equipped with 64GB of NAND flash memory, carries a bill of materials (BOM) cost that comes out to US$288.08, higher than any previous versions of the company's smartphones, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Smartphone sales in Taiwan remain sluggish in August

Sep 26, 11:49

Shipments of smartphones in the Taiwan market reached 589,000 units in August, decreasing 2.48% from the previous month as consumers were waiting for the release of new models from vendors, according to data compiled by local retail channels.

Oppo R11 was the top-selling smartphone in Taiwan in August

Wearable brands releasing new devices

Sep 26, 11:34

Wearable device brand vendors including Apple, Samsung Electronics, Garmin, Xiaomi, Huawei, LG Electronics and Fitbit, have recently started unveiling their latest products to compete for market shares.

Beijing, Shanghai IC sectors prospering

Sep 25, 15:30

The flourishing IC industries in Beijing and Shanghai has been pushing forward China's overall IC industry development, enabling the rapid rise of China in the global marketplace. Development of both IC sectors in Beijing and Shanghai is also being backed by the "National Semiconductor Industry Development...

iPhone X component suppliers told to slow down delivery, say sources

Sep 25, 11:53

Apple has reportedly instructed component suppliers to withhold part of the component shipments prepared for the production of iPhone X devices, according to sources from Taiwan-based upstream component suppliers.

iPhone X

Asustek to launch next-generation ZenFone 5 in March 2018

Sep 22, 15:49

Asustek Computer will release its next-generation ZenFone 5 family products at the earliest in March 2018 as the operations of its smartphone business have returned to a growth truck as a result of recent restructuring, according to company CEO Jerry Shen.

Asustek CEO Jerry Shen poses with Qualcomm executive vice president Christiano Amon in Roman

Commentary: HTC faces new challenges after Google deal

Sep 22, 15:04

HTC, which built the world's first Android-based smartphone, the HTC Dream, in 2008, is facing new challenges after it signed a US$1.1 billion deal to hand over its ODM team or half of its R&D unit to Google.

Google buys part of HTC smartphone team for US$1.1 billion

Sep 21, 11:19

Google and HTC have announced a definitive agreement under which certain HTC employees - many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones - will join Google. HTC will receive US$1.1 billion in cash from Google as part of the transaction. Separately, Google will receive a non-exclusive...

htc google

Synnex applies AI to logistics operation in China, says paper

Sep 19, 15:35

IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has applied AI (artificial intelligence) technology to operation of its logistics centers in China, Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News cited company president Evans Tu as indicating.

China market: All-screen smartphone shipments ramping up

Sep 19, 15:24

China-based smartphone vendors are ramping up shipments of all-screen models, which will push up the penetration rate of these products in the global smartphone market in 2017 and 2018, according to industry sources.

Shipments of all-screen models ramping up

Asustek new strategy gives priority to profitability

Sep 19, 13:47

Asustek Computer has implemented a new business strategy to improve its profitability by focusing on high-margin orders and markets for higher product ASPs, according to some market watchers.

MediaTek to unveil 5G prototype chip by end-2017

Sep 18, 11:19

MediaTek is expected to complete development of its 5G prototype chip by the end of 2017, and is gearing up for trials of its 5G solutions in 2018, according to industry sources.

iPhone X sets new trends for smartphones

Sep 15, 14:11

A number of new features that come along with Apple's newly released iPhone X such as 3D sensing are likely to become new standards for next-generation smartphones launched by Android-based smartphone vendors, according to industry sources.

iPhone X sets new trends for smartphone

Late shipping date for iPhone X suggests possible supply constraints

Sep 14, 14:26

Apple has rolled out its much-anticipated next-generation iPhone devices, including iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, with a number of new features confirmed to expectations. However, the late shipping date in early November for the iPhone X has raised concerns about possible supply constraints...

Taiwan market: Android phone vendors breathe a sigh of relief on iPhone X

Sep 14, 11:17

Most Android-based smartphone vendors generally have breathed a sigh relief after Apple unveiled its iPhone X as they believe the impact of iPhone X on their sales in the Taiwan market will not be significant, according to industry sources.

Apple introduces iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus

Sep 13, 16:10

Apple has introduced its new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, featuring a new glass and aluminum design in three colors, Retina HD displays and A11 Bionic chip. Both devices will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 15 in more than 25 countries and territories, and in stores beginning...

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Taiwan market: Smartphone shipments to rebound in September

Sep 13, 14:18

Smartphone shipments in the Taiwan market are expected to rebound to over 650,000 units in September, buoyed by the launch of new flagship models by Samsung Electronics, and Sony Mobile Communications, as well as new iPhone devices by Apple, according to market sources.

Availability of new models, including new iPhones, to push smartphone sales in Taiwan

Apple unveils iPhone X

Sep 13, 14:05

Apple has announced iPhone X, its latest flagship smartphone in an all-glass design with a 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and a rear camera with dual optical image stabilization. iPhone X delivers a secure new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using...

iPhone X

Synnex obtains 47% stake in Vietnam ICT channel distributor

Sep 12, 14:13

Taiwan-based Synnex Technology International has announced the acquisition of a 47% stake in FPT Trading Company, the largest channel distributor of IT and communication (ICT) products in the Vietnam market.

Asustek sees on-year decline in August revenues

Sep 11, 16:03

Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$37.8 billion (US$1.29 billion) for August, up 19.8% on month, but down 5.14% on year. The company's combined consolidate revenues for the first eight months of 2017 were NT$274.91, down 7.06% on year.

Asustek ZenFone 4 became available in late August

Global AR/VR headset shipments maintain solid growth in 2Q17, says IDC

Sep 11, 12:35

Global shipments of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headset shipments, excluding Google Cardboard and other Cardboard-like devices, grew 25.5% on year to 2.1 million units in the second quarter of 2017, according to IDC.

Ambiq Micro, TSMC team up to develop Huawei fitness wearables

Sep 8, 15:33

Ambiq Micro announced recently that Huawei has selected the Apollo2 platform, built on TSMC's 40nm Near-Vt technology platform, to power its new line of lightweight fitness wearables including the newly-launched Huawei Band 2 Pro. The Apollo2 platform features high-performance sensor and application...

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Global notebook shipment forecast, 2017 and beyond
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    Asustek's smartphone shipments may have been disappointing in 2016, but the vendor is seeking a rebound in 2017.

  • iPhone X

    Apple has released iPhone X and other next-generation smartphone models. The iPhone supply chain has been busy for quite a while.

  • HTC smartphone biz revamp

    HTC has sold part of its smartphone team to Google as it seeks to turn around its business.

  • Huawei

    China-based Huawei's worldwide reach

  • China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020

    This Digitimes Research Special Report examines the China AMOLED industry, focusing on the expansion capacity of the makers, the current implementation plans of major smartphone vendors in the market and the technological hurdles faced by the China makers.

  • Global AP demand forecast, 2017-2020

    Digitimes Research expects global AP shipments to surpass the 1.9 billion mark in 2017, with smartphones remaining the main application. Qualcomm will be leading the market in 2017, as other players continue playing catch up and scramble for funds to invest in more diverse applications.

  • Global notebook shipment forecast, 2017 and beyond

    This Digitimes Special Report examines key factors in the notebook industry, including products, vendors and ODMs, that will affect total shipments in 2017 and through 2021.