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Asustek, Acer September revenues up on month

Oct 12, 10:38

Asustek Computer posted consolidated revenues of NT$43.931 billion (US$1.335 billion) for September 2015, increasing 7.6% on month and 5.70% on year, while Acer had those of NT$29.445 billion, growing 40.23% on month but slipping 5.32% on year, according to the companies.

Taiwan market: iPhone 6s device distributor Data Express looks to strong sales

Oct 8, 16:04

Data Express, a Taiwan-based distributor for iPhone devices and other branded IT products, expects its sales to grow by a double-digit rate in the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to a year earlier, buoyed by sales of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, according to company president Andy Tu.

Data Express president Andy Tu

Microsoft Surface Book may bring more pressure to notebook vendors

Oct 8, 13:48

Microsoft has unveiled its latest Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 device and the Surface Book, also a 2-in-1 device, but featuring notebook-class performance. Some market watchers are concerned that the devices may put notebook brand vendors in an awkward position.

Microsoft Surface Book 2-in-1

Synnex Technology September revenues up on month, down on year

Oct 8, 11:02

Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International on October 7 reported consolidated revenues of NT$30 billion (US$912 million) for September, increasing 6.4% on month but decreasing 12.5% on year.

Taiwan market: HTC unveils mid-range Desire 728 dual-SIM

Oct 8, 09:57

HTC has unveiled its new mid-range smartphone, the HTC Desire 728 dual-SIM, in the Taiwan market, with availability to begin in the second half of October priced at NT$7,990 (US$246).

HTC Desire 728 Dual-SIM

HTC looks to a turnaround in 4Q15 with new models

Oct 7, 11:12

HTC is expected to see its sales gain momentum in the fourth quarter of 2015, powered by the release of a number of mid-range and high-end smartphones and its first virtual reality device the HTC Vive, according to industry sources.


Digitimes Research: Difference between Apple Watch and Android Wear devices narrowed

Oct 5, 22:39

The difference between Apple Watch and Android Wear-based devices has been narrowed as the latest updates of the Apple Watch have only made some modifications on outer design but failed to address its weakness related to firmware and cloud computing capability, according to Digitimes Research.

Nexus 6P to help ramp up Huawei smartphone shipments in 2015

Oct 5, 22:36

China-based handset vendor Huawei is expected to be able to reach its goal of shipping 100 million smartphones in 2015, buoyed by strong sales of its Huawei P8 and Honor 6 devices as well as the forthcoming Nexus 6P in cooperation with Google, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Telcos announce contract-bundled pricing for iPhone 6s/6s Plus

Oct 5, 22:28

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has announced its contract-bundled pricing for the new iPhone series which will launch on October 9, with a free 16G iPhone 6s Plus bundled with a 30-month monthly contract of NT$2,636 (US$80).

HTC September revenues up sequentially

Oct 5, 22:18

Smartphone vendor HTC on October 5 reported consolidated revenues of NT$7.105 billion (US$216 million) for September, growing 3.12% on month but slipping 57.50% on year, and sales of NT$95.936 billion for January-September, dropping 31.50% on year.

Apple iPhone 6s/6s Plus sales in the first 3 days were 10-15% weaker than iPhone 6 series in Japan, say reports

Oct 5, 15:28

Apple's iPhone products have strong demand in Japan and accounted for 60% of the country's smartphone sales in 2014; however, despite iPhone 6s and 6s Plus' strong sales of 13 million units worldwide in the first three days after release, sales in Japan in the first three days were 10-15% less than...

Amazon new 7-inch tablets to benefit Taiwan, China supply chain makers

Oct 2, 15:12

Amazon has launched a new 7-inch tablet for sale at as low as US$49.99, a campaign which is likely to benefit supply chain makers in Taiwan and China, according to industry sources.

Japan market: HTC unveils 2 SIM-free smartphones

Oct 2, 11:08

HTC on October 1 unveiled two SIM-free smartphones, Desire Eye and Desire 626, for launch in the Japan market at retail prices of JPY50,000 (US$416) and JPY29,800 in mid-October, according to the company.

LG unveils smartphone LG V10

Oct 1, 16:36

LG Electronics has unveiled its new smartphone, the LG V10, which features dual displays, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 CPU, a 16-megapixel rear camera and a dual-lens 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

IC suppliers concerned about new iPhone orders

Oct 1, 16:28

Despite the record first-week sales for the newest iPhones, suppliers of related ICs have been concerned about the possibility of Apple downward adjusting its chip orders for the smartphones for the fourth quarter of 2015, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Startup UPQ, Sony, Kyocera highlights of Japan portable CE market in 3Q15

Oct 1, 15:59

Japan's portable consumer electronics market in the third quarter of 2015 was highlighted by the rise of innovative startup UPQ, Sony's introduction of H.ear headsets, and Kyocera's stepping into the wearable device market for healthcare applications, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan market: iPhone 6s/6s Plus to hit local shelves on October 9

Oct 1, 15:50

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in the Taiwan market on October 9, and most telecom operators have begun taking pre-orders online or at retail outlets.

Upgraded components in iPhone 6S Plus costs Apple an extra US$16 per device, says IHS

Oct 1, 10:07

Upgraded components in the new iPhone 6S Plus cost US$16 more than the components in the earlier iPhone 6 Plus. The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 6S Plus equipped with 16GB of NAND flash memory costs US$231.50, according to IHS.

Targeting niche markets: Q&A with ST Liu, president of Acer handset unit

Sep 30, 11:34

Notebook vendor Acer aims to ship at least five million smartphones in 2015 and plans to hike the shipments to 10 million units in 2016. But Acer will not spend a lot of money for just ramping up its market share. Instead, Acer will develop models with innovative specifications for specific market...

ST Liu, president of Acer handset business

HTC unveils flagship smartphones

Sep 30, 11:14

HTC on September 29 unveiled two flagship smartphones, HTC One M9+ and Butterfly 3, in Japan, with the two models to be launched in the Taiwan market on October 5 at contract-free retail prices of NT$20,900 (US$633) and NT$19,900 respectively, according to the company's North Asia president Jack Ton...

HTC North Asia president Jack Tong

iPhone 6s supply chain makers bracing for strong sales in 4Q15, say sources

Sep 29, 13:40

Taiwan-based makers in Apple's iPhone 6s device supply chain, including Foxconn Electronics, Pegatron Technology, Largan Precision and Catcher Technology, are set for strong performance in the fourth quarter of 2015, buoyed by robust sales of the new devices, according to industry sources.

Commentary: The implications of Google-Huawei tie-up for Nexus phones

Sep 29, 09:59

Google is rolling out two new Nexus phones: the Nexus 6P in cooperation with Huawei and the Nexus 5X with LG Electronics. While the market position of the Nexus phones has ebbed, Google's tie-up with Huawei, for the first time, to produce Nexus phones still has strong implications.

Taiwan market: China smartphone vendor OnePlus withdraws from local market

Sep 25, 11:10

China-based smartphone vendor OnePlus has stopped marketing and delivery of its smartphones in the Taiwan market, saying the decision was made in consideration of its healthy growth as it is trying to expand its operations to cope with the increasing trend for globalization, according to a company...

Worldwide IT spending across vertical industries to decline 3.5% in 2015, says Gartner

Sep 24, 16:08

Worldwide IT spending across vertical industries is forecast to total US$2.69 trillion in 2015, a 3.5% decrease from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner. Analysts said the rising US dollar is chiefly responsible for the slowdown.

Digitimes Research: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 wins design-in projects

Sep 24, 10:10

A number of handset OEMs have expressed satisfaction with the performance of the newly released Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and have mapped out design-in projects or product design plans using the chipset, according to Digitimes Research.

China handset supply chain makers winning more orders from Xiaomi

Sep 24, 10:06

Makers in China's handset supply chain have geared up efforts to win component orders from Xiaomi Technology, affecting rival suppliers in Taiwan and Japan, according to industry sources.

Xiaomi fast expanding ecosystem raises concerns, say sources

Sep 24, 09:59

Xiaomi Technology has extended its product lines from mobile devices to include tablets, TVs, STBs, headsets, smart bracelets and financial products, a move which has raised concerns of a chain reaction that could eventually lead to chaos for Xiaomi, according to industry sources.

China white-box smartphone vendors lower prices to cope with increasing competition

Sep 23, 15:40

China-based white-box smartphone vendors, under increasing competition from vendors including Huawei Device, Lenovo, Xiaomi Technology and Coolpad as well as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, have reduced ex-factory quotes, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

China market: Xiaomi 4c smartphone launched

Sep 23, 12:18

Xiaomi Technology has unveiled a mid-range smartphone, Xiaomi 4c, for launch specifically in the China market on September 23.

Xiaomi 4c smartphone

Large-screen smartphones erode total personal computing unit growth, says IC Insights

Sep 21, 15:16

Five years ago, touchscreen tablets began pouring into the personal computing marketplace, stealing growth from standard personal computers and signaling the start of what has been widely described as the "post-PC" era. Led by Apple's iPads, tablet shipments overtook notebook PCs in 2013,...

Foxconn, Pegatron, Inventec see their rankings stay high in 2Q15, says IDC

Sep 18, 16:07

Taiwan-based handset makers Foxconn Electronics, Pegatron and Inventec saw their rankings in the global top-10 handset manufacturers list stay unchanged or move up in the second quarter of 2015 thanks to orders from clients including Apple and Xiaomi Technology, according to IDC.

Digitimes Research: Apple Watch unit sales in 2015 estimated at 9-12 million

Sep 17, 15:52

Apple Watch sales are estimated at 9-12 million units despite the fact that the company is planning to sell the wearable in more markets.

Pegatron subsidiaries see profits weakening

Sep 17, 11:49

While Pegatron Technology has become an OEM for the iPhone 6s and is seeing increasing revenues, three of its subsidiaries - metal-alloy chassis maker Casetek Holdings, IC substrate maker Kinsus Interconnect Technology and own-brand motherboard maker ASRock - are not performing as expected in terms...

Microsoft to unveil Windows 10 Mobile-based devices in October

Sep 17, 11:11

Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows 10 Mobile-based mobile devices, including Lumia smartphones and Surface tablets, at a product event to be held in New York on October 6, according to industry sources.

Samsung to release foldable smartphones in 2016, says report

Sep 16, 14:28

Samsung Electronics is expected to announce two new foldable smartphones in January 2016 featuring AMOLED panel technology, 3GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and a non-removable battery, according to a report from Korea-based ET News citing sources familiar with the project.

Taiwan market: HTC, Samsung launch inexpensive 4G dual-SIM smartphones

Sep 15, 16:18

HTC and Samsung Electronics have both launched new 4G smartphones with high hardware specifications at low prices in the Taiwan market in order to cope with increasing competition from China-based vendors, according to sources from local retain channels.

Worldwide wearable shipments to reach 173.4 million by 2019, says IDC

Sep 15, 15:37

A growing list of vendors, a proliferation of devices, experiences, and price points, and steady consumer adoption will fuel growth in the worldwide market for wearable devices. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, wearable device shipments will reach 76.1 million units...

Taiwan market: Huawei launches MediaPad M2 8.0 tablet

Sep 14, 15:19

Huawei has launched its new connected MediaPad M2 8.0 tablet in Taiwan. The tablet is priced at NT$9,900 (US$305) and will be available at retail outlets of Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), Taiwan Mobile and Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) starting mid-September.

China market: Nearly 48 million handsets shipped in August, says CATR

Sep 14, 10:48

There were 47.484 million handsets shipped in the China market in August 2015, increasing 56.5% on year, according to China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Digitimes Research: Shipments of iPhone 6s/6s Plus to reach 85 million in 2H15

Sep 11, 15:05

Shipments of iPhone 6s/6s Plus will total 80-85 million in the second half of 2015, Digitimes Research has estimated.

Asustek sees 18% on-month growth in August revenues

Sep 10, 16:14

Asustek Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$40.83 billion (US$1.25 billion) for August, up 18% on month, but down 3.2% on year. Combined consolidated revenues for January-August totaled NT$295.67 billion , down by 0.7% on year.

Apple introduces iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Sep 10, 10:56

Apple has announced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the latest iPhone models from the company, adding a new dimension to iPhone's multi-touch interface. The new iPhones introduce 3D Touch, which senses force to enable access to features and content. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus feature Retina...

Lenovo to step into OEM handset business

Sep 10, 10:44

Lenovo has decided to ramp up the capacity utilization rates of its handset production facilities by stepping into the OEM handset business, in a move to revive its dwindling handset business, according to industry sources.

Asustek to have Foxconn, Arima produce ZenFone

Sep 9, 11:05

Asustek Computer, in addition to its existing ODM partners Pegatron and Quanta Computer, will have Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) make its ZenFone smartphones for the Brazil and India markets, and Arima Communications do so for the Indonesia market, according to Taiwan-based supply...

HTC to unveil 2 new flagship models in Japan

Sep 8, 16:14

HTC plans to launch two new flagship smartphones in Japan at the end of September as the vendor will begin to tap the SIM-free market in the country from October, according to industry sources.

Malaysia smartphone and tablet market remains firm amidst GST implementation and weakening Ringgit in 1H15, says IDC

Sep 8, 16:05

According to IDC Asia Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone and Tablet Trackers, a total of 4.8 million units of smartphones and 0.9 million units of tablets were shipped in the first half of 2015 in Malaysia. Smartphones and tablets grew by 42% and 15% respectively, compared with the first half of 2014....

iPhone demand estimated at 45-50 million units for 3Q15, 70-80 million units for 4Q15, say Taiwan makers

Sep 8, 14:00

Total shipments of iPhone devices, including updated iPhones which are to be unveiled shortly, are expected to total 45-50 million units in the third quarter of 2015 and hit 70-80 million in the fourth quarter, according to sources from Taiwan's iPhone supply chain.

Arima sees significant growth in August revenues

Stockwatch - Sep 8, 13:56

Handset ODM Arima Communications has announced consolidated revenues of NT$2.284 billion (US$70.3 million) for August, growing 40.65% on month and 39.42% on year.

Synnex August revenues down on year

Sep 7, 15:10

Taiwan-based IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$28.2 billion (US$868 million) for August, increasing 6.3% sequentially but decreasing 1.7% on year.

iPhone supply chain makers set to see strong sales in September, say sources

Sep 7, 15:02

Makers in the iPhone supply chain are set to see strong sales in September thanks to incoming orders for new iPhone devices which are due to be unveiled in early September, according to sources from the supply chain.

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