Digitimes Research: Smartphone shipments by Taiwan makers lower than expected in 3Q16

Luke Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei 0

Shipments of smartphones by Taiwan-based brand vendors and handset ODMs declined 35% on year to 12.36 million units in the third quarter of 2016, according to data compiled by Digitimes Research.

Lower-than-expected shipments from brand vendors HTC, Asustek Computer and Acer resulted in decreased orders at ODMs, including Compal Electronics, the Foxconn Group, Arima Communications and Wistron, for the third quarter, Digitimes Research said.

Although Compal and Arima have begun shipping new models to Sony Mobile Communications since the third quarter, the orders for the new smartphones were lower than originally expected, Digitimes Research noted.

While shipments from Arima to LG Electronics in the third quarter were comparable to those shipped a quarter earlier, Wistron's shipments to BlackBerry have continued to decline.

Asustek and HTC remained the top-two smartphone vendors in the third quarter but saw their shipments increase slightly on quarter.

Asustek began to ship its ZenFone 3 series products in the third quarter, but the shipment volume was lower than originally planned due to a shortage of display products. HTC started shipping Google's Pixel smartphones in September, which did not contribute much to its third-quarter shipments.

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