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ECS nets NT$0.68 per share for 1Q15

May 4, 12:17

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) recorded consolidated revenues of NT$11.858 billion (US$376 million), net operating profit of NT$440 million, net profit of NT$377 million and net EPS of NT$0.68 for the first quarter of 2015, according to the company.

Apple iPhone captures 12% smartphone market share in China in 1Q15, says Strategy Analytics

May 4, 12:12

Smartphone shipments to China totaled 109.8 million units in the first quarter of 2015, rising 17% from 93.6 million units a year earlier, according to Strategy Analytics. Xiaomi maintained first position, but Apple is rapidly closing the gap with a 12% market share in second place.

Taiwan market: Asustek to launch VivoWatch in early May

May 4, 11:09

Asustek Computer will launch its new smartwatch, the VivoWatch, in the Taiwan market on May 8, priced at NT$4,588 (US$149), according to the company. The new wearable device will be also available in Europe and Asia-Pacific later.

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to stay flat on quarter and reach 49.31 million units in 2Q15

Apr 30, 15:24

Global tablet shipments are expected to stay flat from a quarter ago and reach 49.31 million units in the second quarter of 2015, but compared to the same quarter a year ago, the volume will drop close to 10%. Apple's iPad shipments are expected to decline to 9.8 million units, down 30% on year, according...

Samsung reports decreased profits for 1Q15

Apr 30, 13:38

Samsung Electronics has reported net profits of KRW4.63 trillion (US$4.35 billion) for the first quarter of 2015, down 38.2% from the KRW7.49 trillion of a year earlier. Meanwhile, revenues for the first quarter reached KRW47.12 trillion, down 11% on quarter.

India market: Huawei aims to ship 2 million smartphones in 2015

Apr 30, 10:33

Huawei aims to ramp up its smartphone shipments to India to two million units in 2015, according to Zhao Ming, president of Huawei's Honor Business Unit. Huawei held a 4% share of the smartphone market in India in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Taiwan market: Xiaomi to launch Mi 4i in May

Apr 29, 16:04

Xiaomi Technology plans to launch its new smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 4i, in the Taiwan market on May 7, with its global vice president Hugo Barra presiding over the product event.

HTC to raise outsourcing in 2015, says CFO

Apr 29, 15:23

HTC is likely to raise the ratio of smartphones outsourced to ODM partners in 2015, according to company president of global sales and CFO Chang Chia-lin.

MediaTek MT6735 chip adopted by major China smartphone firms

Apr 29, 15:20

MediaTek has announced that its MT6735 quad-core 4G 64-bit full-mode chip solution has been adopted by China-based ZTE, Lenovo and TCL for their upcoming smartphones.

Taiwan market: TWM cooperates with Brightstar to collect 2nd-hand smartphones

Apr 29, 15:10

Taiwan Mobile (TWM) on April 28 announced an exclusive cooperation agreement with Brightstar, a global distributor of mobile devices and a subsidiary of Japan-based SoftBank, to collect second-hand smartphones which Brightstar will re-sell around the world beginning May 1, 2015.

HTC looks to mild sales growth in 2Q15

Apr 28, 22:17

HTC expects its sales to reach NT$46-51 billion (US$1.5-1.68 billion) in the second quarter of 2015 compared to NT$41.52 billion recorded in the previous quarter, the company said during an online investor conference held on April 28.

More wearable device vendors looking to in-house developed platforms for smartwatches

Apr 28, 21:25

Wearable device vendors including Asustek Computer, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have been eagerly developing respective platforms in-house for their smartwatches and other devices, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone shipments decline 17.5% sequentially in 1Q15

Apr 28, 21:19

Shipments of smartphones in China totaled 83.6 million units in the first quarter of 2015, decreasing 20 million units or 17.5% sequentially from the previous month, according to Digitimes Research.

Commentary: Nokia set to become a telecom equipment player

Apr 28, 14:05

Nokia's recent moves, including its announcement to buy France-based Alcatel-Lucent for EUR15.6 billion (US$16.6 billion) and to review an option for a potential divestment for its 'Here' mapping service, clearly indicate that the Finland-based company is shifting away from the handset business.

Over 60 million iPhone 6s to be shipped in 2Q15, say Taiwan makers

Apr 27, 21:59

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shipments in the second quarter of 2015 are expected to exceed 60 million units, more than the originally expected 50 million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Global handset demand likely to disappoint in 2015, say Taiwan IC design houses

Apr 27, 21:57

The global handset market could register flat growth in 2015, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC design houses, adding that they have seen customer orders pick up at a slow pace.

Acer showcases range of new products in New York

Apr 24, 15:40

Acer has unveiled more than 40 new products, including smart bracelets, smartphones, tablets, PCs, projectors and cloud application products at a product presentation held in New York recently.

Acer CEO Jason Chen

Acer re-launches Predator gaming notebook lineup

Apr 24, 15:34

Acer has resumed its gaming notebook business line and re-launched a series of products under its Predator-sub-brand.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan 1Q15 handset shipments down 30.3% sequentially

Apr 23, 20:28

HTC and Taiwan-based ODMs together shipped 17.6 million handsets in the first quarter of 2015, decreasing 30.3% on quarter but increasing 8.4% on year. 16.1 million units were smartphones, slipping 26.3% on quarter but rising 21.7% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Supply chains prepping for increase in 2-in-1 tablet orders from China

Apr 23, 15:26

Supply chains are prepping for an increase in orders for 2-in-1 tablets from China, according to industry sources.

Taiwan makers ship 83 million smartphones in 1Q15, says MIC

Newswatch - Apr 23, 15:03

Shipments of smartphones by Taiwan makers totaled 83.03 million units in the first quarter of 2015, down 27.4% from the previous quarter but up 52.5% from a year earlier period, the government-backed MIC (Market Intelligence and Consulting) has estimated.

Asustek looking to ship 30 million ZenFone smartphones in 2015

Apr 23, 11:00

Asustek Computer has reportedly raised its internal shipment forecast for its ZenFone-series smartphones for 2015 from 25 million units originally to 30 million, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

India market: Xiaomi to launch Xiaomi 4i

Newswatch - Apr 22, 22:27

Xiaomi Technology is expected to introduce its new Xiaomi 4i smartphone at a product presentation to be held in India on April 23. The Xiaomi 4i is powered by a Qualcomm 64-bit 1.65GHz 8-core processor, running Android 5.0.2.

Taiwan market: HTC to introduce mid-range HTC One E9+

Apr 22, 14:56

HTC will introduce a new member to its mid-range product line, the HTC One E9+, into the Taiwan market on April 24.

Asustek has no plans to set up production facilities in India, says paper

Newswatch - Apr 21, 15:59

Asustek Computer has denied a newspaper report that it is considering setting up a manufacturing center in India, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) cited company CFO David Chang as saying.

Taiwan mobile payments ecosystem lacking despite mature NFC supply chain

Apr 21, 14:48

Despite the availability of NFC smartphones, NFC IC cards, card readers and NFC antennas locally, development of a mobile payments ecosystem is still struggling, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: China smartphone shipments shed 30% sequentially in 1Q15

Apr 20, 12:25

Shipments of smartphones by China-based vendors declined by nearly 30% sequentially to 91.8 million units in the first quarter of 2015 due to sluggish demand both at home and overseas, as well as reduced production affected by the traditional Lunar New Year holidays, according to Digitimes Research.

Japan market: Asustek ZenFone 5 ranks as top-selling model for fifth month, says report

Apr 17, 13:53

Asustek Computer's ZenFone 5 smartphone has been the top-selling model in Japan's SIM-free segment for the fifth consecutive month since its debut in the market in November 2014, according to data compiled by Japan-based market research firm BCN.

Commentary: HTC reveals confusing product positioning strategy

Apr 17, 13:51

HTC has launched three models of its HTC One family, the M9, M9+ and E9+, in less than two months, a speed which seems to be too fast to enable consumers to understand its product positioning and market segmentation strategy.

Smart bracelet, watch vendors cutting prices at HK electronics fair

Apr 16, 14:57

Most smartwatch and smart bracelet vendors at the ongoing Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2015 (Spring Edition) have engaged in price competition in order to win orders on the spot.

Smart bracelets being displayed at HK electronics fair

Apple to equip next iPhone with Force Touch technology

Apr 16, 14:55

Apple is preparing to equip its next iPhone model with Force Touch technology similar to that used in the Apple Watch but is still experimenting where the sensor will be placed, according to touch panel makers in Taiwan.

Next iPhone expected to have Force Touch technology

China market: Intel to strengthen presence in mobile CPU market via ODMs and white-box vendors

Apr 16, 13:46

Intel reportedly will step up its cooperation with ODMs and white-box makers in China to strengthen its presence in China's handset market. Some vendors will launch 3G smartphones built using Intel's quad-core solutions in the third quarter of 2015 and release 4G LTE models in the fourth quarter, according...

Order visibility for fingerprint sensors, NFC chips extends to 6 months

Apr 15, 22:55

Order visibility for fingerprint sensors and NFC chips has extended to six months as more Android-based smartphone vendors have incorporated mobile payment functionality into their new models, according to industry sources.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge pricier to build, cheaper to buy than comparable Apple iPhone 6 Plus, says IHS

Apr 15, 21:43

The recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the most expensive Galaxy S line smartphone yet built, but has a lower retail price than a comparable iPhone 6 Plus, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS.

Galaxy S6 expected to break 70 million in sales during 2015, says firm

Apr 15, 21:33

Samsung Electronics estimates Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will reach cumulative sales of over 70 million in 2015, according to a new report from DigitalTimes.

Asustek to launch VivoWatch in May

Apr 15, 21:31

Asustek Computer will launch the VivoWatch, an inexpensive P67-waterproof smartwatch specifically for use in sports and health care, in May 2015, according to industry sources.

Samsung Taiwan mobile business head to resign

Apr 15, 15:17

Andy Tu, general manager of Samsung's mobile communication business in Taiwan, will step down at the end of May for personal reasons, Samsung Taiwan has announced.

Andy Tu, general manager of mobile communication, Samsung Taiwan

China market: LeTV unveils One series smartphones

Apr 15, 14:22

China-based video content provider LeTV has unveiled three smartphones, the LeTV One, the One Pro and the One Max, catering to different segments. The company expects sales of its smartphones to reach over one million units in 2015 and over 10 million units in 2016.

LeTV One-lineup smartphones

China market: Video content provider LeTV to unveil smartphones

Apr 14, 15:48

China-based video network operator and LCD TV vendor LeTV is expected to step into the smartphone market by unveiling 2-3 smartphones during a product event in Beijing on April 14, according to sources familiar with the event.

Foxconn engaged in selling second-hand iPhones via subsidiary in China, says report

Apr 14, 15:32

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been engaged in selling second-hand iPhones via a subsidiary and the company is able to acquire about 50,000-60,000 second-hand iPhones a day through legit channels worldwide, 80% of which are sold through stores in Hong Kong and then enter into...

China market: Xiaomi to rely more on Leadcore for supply of chipset solutions, says report

Apr 14, 15:12

Xiaomi Technology is likely to rely more on China-based Leadcore Technology for the supply of low-cost chipset solutions for the production of entry-level LTE smartphones as a means to ramp up its shipments in 2015, according to a China-based OFweek.com report.

Samsung will not release flexible tablet products in 2015, says report

Apr 14, 14:13

Samsung Electronics is expected to hold off from releasing flexible tablet products sized 7-inch and above in 2015 and instead will focus its efforts on flexible smartphone units, according to a new report from Korea-based inews24.

China expected to lead in using 4G Small Cell, says SerComm CEO

Apr 13, 22:28

Among all countries, China is expected to take the lead in applying FDD LTE or TD-LTE (4G) Small Cell devices, for China Mobile has offered TD-LTE Small Cell devices for sale to its TD-LTE subscribers at its retail chain stores, according to president and CEO James Wang for Taiwan-based networking/communications...

TD-LTE Small Cell devices produced by SerComm

Commentary: Samsung adoption of Microsoft apps could be ill-fated

Apr 13, 22:16

Samsung Electronics has announced that its mobile devices including smartphones and tablets will come with built-in Microsoft apps, a move which appears aimed at stemming its falling share in the global smartphone market, while breaking away from Google's control over Android.

Foxconn 1Q15 revenues surpass NT$1 trillion mark

Stockwatch - Apr 13, 10:41

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported revenues of NT$338.29 billion (US$10.83 billion) for March, up 20.8% on month and 9.9% on year.

Asustek reports revenues for March 2015

Stockwatch - Apr 10, 15:58

Asustek Computer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$42.128 billion (US$1.35 billion) for March 2015, representing a 21.09% increase on month but a 0.3% drop on year.

Synnex March revenues down on year

Apr 10, 15:45

Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$28.08 billion (US$894 million) for March, increasing 59.2% on month and but decreasing 6.5% on year.

Component supplies for Galaxy S6 devices getting tight, say sources

Apr 10, 15:06

Samsung Electronics is adjusting the production at the supply chain for its Galaxy S6 devices due to strong demand for the new smartphones, according to sources at the handset supply chain in Taiwan.

Digitimes Research: Lenovo smartphone shipments reach only 8-9 million units in 1Q15

Apr 10, 14:46

Lenovo's smartphone shipments in first-quarter 2015 reached only 8-9 million units, lower than the volume that Digitimes Research had previously estimated and about the same as the level a year ago due to high inventory built up during the fourth quarter of 2014. Lenovo brand image is relatively weak...

Digitimes Research: Microsoft new Windows 8.1 licensing subsidies to boost notebook ASPs, but may see limited demand

Apr 10, 11:35

Microsoft launched its latest Windows licensing fee subsidy program for Windows 8.1 in March which expanded the coverage of notebook models, adjusted subsidies, canceled the previous project's US$249 end-price ceiling, and made eMMC a standard specification for entry-level products, according to Digitimes...

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