China smartphone market dominated by local vendors
Aug 28, 10:46
In the China smartphone market, China-based vendors have extended competitive advantage from entry-level models priced below CNY1,000 (US$156) to mid-range and high-end ones and thereby have gained the upper hand over foreign vendors in terms of overall market occupation, according to Taiwan-based...
Acer seeking smartphone OEM in Indonesia
Aug 28, 10:41
IT vendor Acer is seeking a manufacturing partner for OEM production of smartphones in Indonesia to avoid the country's high customs duty on imported smartphones and will make a final decision in the second half of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
China market: Local smartphone vendors limit launch of new models
Aug 27, 11:14
China-based smartphone vendors have limited the number of new models launched per year to cope with the declining profitability generated by smartphones, a move which has affected the operations of small-scale handset OEMs in China, according to a China-based tech.163.com report.
Taiwan market: InFocus unveils 4G smartphones
Aug 27, 11:06
US-based vendor InFocus has unveiled M812, M808 and M370, respectively a flagship, mid-range and entry-level Android 5.0 4G smartphone models, for launch in the Taiwan market in early September, according to InFocus' Taiwan sales agent Commtiva.
Sony announces SmartBand 2 for September
Aug 21, 15:08
Sony Mobile has unveiled its new smart bracelet, the SmartBand 2, which is set to become available worldwide starting September. The SmartBand 2 features the same form factor and design as the first-generation and is equipped with pulse sensor, movement tracker and sleep detector to record personal...
Acer to launch 1st gaming tablet
Aug 21, 12:12
Acer has begun production of its first gaming tablet equipped with an Intel Atom Z8700 processor and 8-inch touch screen for launch in the third or fourth quarter of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Portable PC sales to remain flat despite Windows 10 launch, says ABI Research
Aug 20, 21:43
According to the latest market data findings from ABI Research, total system shipments for portable computing are predicted to reach 165 million units for full-year 2015, essentially flat compared to 2014 levels. Assuming that the free upgrade promotion to Windows 10 OS offered by Microsoft is successful,...
Taiwan market: InFocus to launches 3 new smartphones
Newswatch - Aug 20, 14:46
The US-based smartphone vendor InFocus plans to launch three new models, the M812, M808 and M370, in the Taiwan market on August 25. The three models feature a 5-, 5.2- and 5.5-inch display, respectively.
HTC plans to sell Shanghai plant, says report
Aug 20, 11:41
HTC plans to sell its plant in Shanghai to China-based companies and is likely to initiate a second round of layoffs before year-end 2015 after announcing a restructuring plan recently in which the company said it will slash its workforce by 15%, according to Hong Kong-based Next Magazine.
Mobile payments poised for explosive growth in Asia Pacific, says IDC
Aug 19, 15:53
IDC predicts worldwide mobile payments will account for US$1 trillion in value in 2017, up 124% from the less than US$500 billion expected in 2015. Asia Pacific markets will contribute to this growth greatly as mobile commerce transactions with remote payments take off across the region. Driven by...
Asustek to ship 20 million smartphones in 2015, say Taiwan makers
Aug 18, 20:01
While Asustek Computer aims to ship between 17 million and 25 million smartphones in 2015, the company is expected to ship 20 million units based on its ODM orders scheduled for the second half of the year, according to Taiwan-based smartphone supply chain makers.
HTC to slash jobs to sustain revenue and profit growth
Aug 14, 12:44
HTC has announced that it will reduce its operating costs by 35% and its global workforce by 15% by implementing a restructuring plan to sustain revenues and profit growth with a leaner and more flexible business model.
Asustek ships 4.3 million notebooks in 2Q15
Aug 13, 12:33
Asustek shipped 4.3 million notebooks in the second quarter, down from 4.8 million units in the first quarter and 4.6 million units in the second quarter of 2014. Asustek's desktop shipments were only 500,000 units, 100,000 units lower than a quarter ago.
Handset supply chain makers set to enjoy brisk sales in August-September
Aug 12, 11:11
Suppliers in Taiwan's handset supply chain are expected to see their sales rebound in August-September as smartphone vendors including Apple, Samsung Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications and Microsoft Mobile are set to release new models for the latter half of the year, according to industry sour...
Taiwan market: Xiaomi opens 1st retail store
Aug 7, 16:02
China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi Technology has opened its first retail store in Taipei, according to Xiaomi Taiwan. The vendor has established a total of 21 retail stores in China and Hong Kong.
HTC loses NT$9.70 per share for 2Q15
Aug 7, 11:32
Smartphone vendor HTC suffered net loss per share of NT$9.70 (US$0.308) for the second quarter of 2015 mainly due to lower than expected demand for high-end Android smartphones, and low sale sales in the China market. The company also recognized costs for idle equipment and paid licensing fees and...
Huawei, Xiaomi to hike adoption of in-house-developed smartphone APs
Aug 7, 11:25
Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi Technology are expected to increase adoption of in-house-developed ARM-architecture application processors (APs) in their own-brand smartphones. Huawei's subsidiary IC designer HiSilicon Technologies has improved its technological capability and Xiaomi has obtained licenses...
Largan Precision reports revenues for July 2015
Stockwatch - Aug 6, 10:10
Largan Precision has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.255 billion (US$166.43 million) for July 2015, representing a 2.9% increase on month and 49.54% increase on year.
Sony Mobile likely to outsource wearables to Taiwan ODMs
Aug 6, 10:01
Sony Mobile Communications is reportedly in talks with Taiwan-based ODMs for possible production of its smart wearable devices, including smartwatches and smart bands, in addition to current production of smartphones, according to sources at local ODMs.
Xiaomi reportedly developing ARM solutions, paper says
Aug 5, 15:02
Xiaomi is engaged in the development of mobile processors based on the ARM chip architecture, and is expected to have the first in-house developed chips for handsets in early 2016, a 21st CenturyBusiness Herald report quoted sources from China's handset industry as saying.
Taiwan market: Acer sees strong sales at TCAS
Aug 4, 14:12
Acer has achieved better-than-expected results during the Taiwan Computer Application Show (TCAS) 2015 in Taipei, recording a sales growth of 40% compared to 2014. The results may give the firm a chance to achieve sequential revenue growth of 30% in the Taiwan market in the third quarter.
iPhone 5c successor to feature FinFET chips, say sources
Aug 4, 14:02
Apple is not expected to launch a successor to the iPhone 5c this year, but will instead introduce its next-generation budget smartphones in second-quarter 2016 with the devices coming with 14/16nm FinFET chips, according to sources from the semiconductor industry.
Motorola launches 3 smartphones
Jul 30, 11:43
Motorola has unveiled three smartphones, the Moto X Style, Moto X Play and Moto G, simultaneously in New York, London and Sao Paulo.