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  • apple
    Apple plans to launch a new 5.85-inch OLED iPhone this year as an upgrade to the existing iPhone X, but the vendor has managed to reduce the new device's initial manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) to a level much lower than that of its present flagship model, according Digitimes Research senior...
  • Asustek is likely to make a breakthrough with ZenFone 5
    Asustek Computer, as compared to HTC and Acer, might be the sole Taiwan-based vendor that can prevail in the global smartphone market after the company managed to launch its next-generation ZenFone 5 series on schedule in mid-March 2018, according to industry sources.
  • Oppo has announced its new flagship devices, the R15 and the R15 Dream Mirror Edition in China with features echoing the company's commitment to deepen its deployment in AI and AR applications.
  • HTC is expected to begin shipping Vive Pro in 2Q18
    HTC is expected to announce the pricing of its new VR device, the Vive Pro, on March 20, paving the way for the company to start delivering the new gadgets in the second quarter of 2018, according to industry sources.
  • ATrack to enjoy 50% on-year revenue growth in 2018
    GPS tracker device maker ATrack Technology has reported EPS of NT$1.34 for 2017. Nevertheless, the company plans to deal out dividends of NT$2 for 2017, including NT$1 in cash and NT$1 in shares.
  • Asustek has launched ZenFone 5Q in Taiwan
    Asustek Computer has launched its ZenFone 5Q (ZenFone 5 Lite) in the Taiwan market priced at NT$9,900 (US$339). The vendor began to take pre-orders on March 15 with the availability to start on March 22.
  • Pegatron expects a strong 1H18
    Pegatron expects its performance in the first half of 2018 to outperform that seen a year ago, and is optimistic about demand for consumer electronics devices this year.
  • Garmin has launched Garmin Pay e-payment platform combining electronic ticket cards and credit cards based on smartwatches or wristbands in the Taiwan market through cooperation with iPASS and six local banks.
  • wistron
    Wistron has dismissed a report that claimed its iPhone production at a China plant had been suspended by Apple over alleged use of unauthorized components.
  • Foxconn Electronics outperformed Samsung Electronics to take the top ranking for the manufacture of smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2017 thanks to orders for iPhone 8 and iPhone X devices from Apple, according to IDC Taiwan.
  • Wistron chairman Simon Lin expects good 2018
    Wistron, having survived the difficult times over the past two to three years, is seeing rapid growths for its high-margin products and expects its gross margins and operating profit margins to improve in 2018, according to company chairman Simon Lin.
  • IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported fourth-quarter 2017 consolidated revenues of NT$106.968 billion (US$3.65 billion), with a 3.37% gross margin, net profit of NT$1.769 billion and net EPS of NT$1.06.
  • Sony Mobile launches Xperia XZ2 in Taiwan
    Sony Mobile Communications has launched its latest flagship model, Xperia XZ2, in the Taiwan market with the availability to begin on March 21 at a price tag of NT$24,990 (US$854).
  • MediaTek's recently-introduced Helio P60 mobile SoC that comes with AI capabilities has been adopted by Oppo and Meizu for their upcoming smartphone models, according to a report from Taiwan's TechNews.
  • Samsung Electronics has prepared two million more Galaxy S9 series devices than the previous Galaxy S8 products for the first-year sale in 2018 as the firm aims to achieve a higher sales goal through aggressive marketing, according to a Korea-based The Bell report.
  • iphone x
    Most Android smartphone vendors, particularly those in China, are still reluctant to adopt 3D sensing technology for their new models to be launched in 2018 due to the persistent high prices of 3D sensing modules, according to sources from Taiwan-based IC-design houses.
  • IEAS
    India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) held its annual event IESA Vision Summit at the Leela Palace in India's high-tech center Bengaluru at the end of February. Taking place at the Leela Palace - one of India's best hotels featuring Indo-Islamic architectural grandeur, the event...
  • IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$22.165 billion (US$757 million) for February, decreasing 35.30% sequentially and 9.08% on year.
  • TL Lee, head of MediaTek's wireless communication product business unit
    MediaTek has introduced its new solution to bring artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to smartphones, and is gearing up for competition in the AI smartphone field.
  • Replacement demand for smartphones in emerging markets including India, Southeast Asia, Central America, the Middle East and Africa will be playing the growth driving role of the global smartphone market in 2018, as demand in the China market, a previous locomotive for the industry, has begun to slow...
  • HTC saw its consolidated revenues drop 23.24% on month and 44.04% on year to a 13-year low of NT$2.61 billion (US$89.3 million) in February.
  • Samsung starts taking pre-orders for Galaxy 9S devices in Taiwan
    Samsung Electronics' recently unveiled Galaxy S9 devices have met with enthusiastic responses from consumers in Taiwan with strong pre-orders received by its major distribution partners on the first day of the sale campaigns which began on March 5.
  • Atrack chairman Frank Tang
    GPS tracker device maker ATrack Technology expects its revenues to expand by 50% on year in 2018 driven by growing sales of its 4G LTE satellite positioning devices and the introduction of diverse and innovative products in Japan and China, according to company chairman Frank Tang.
  • The worldwide wearables market continued its upward trajectory in both the fourth quarter of 2017 and full year 2017 with total shipment volumes reaching new records. Moreover, thanks to a surge in smartwatch shipment volumes, Apple moved past competitors Fitbit and Xiaomi to claim overall leadership...
  • Total smartphone shipments in the emerging Southeast Asia (SEA) region recorded approximately 100 million units in 2017, declining by less than 1% on year, according IDC, which categorizes Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam as the emerging markets in SEA.

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