China market: Colorful Technology poses competitive threat to MSI, ASRock Monica Chen, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 30 July 2014] China-based Colorful Technology and Development, the largest graphics card vendor in the China market, will launch own-brand gaming motherboards in the second half, and is expected to pose a competitive threat to Micro-Star International (MSI) and … More

Vendors cutting notebook shipments to Latin America Aaron Lee, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Thursday 31 July 2014] Notebook vendors have significantly reduced their orders for shipments to Latin America because sales have been impacted by recent strong demand for LCD TVs in the area, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Due to the 2014 FIFA World … More

Taiwan notebook ODMs to benefit from HP, Dell sales in North America Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 30 July 2014] As Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have seen good sales in the North America notebook market in July, Taiwan ODMs Quanta Computer and Inventec for HP and Compal Electronics and Wistron for Dell are expected … More

Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers to ship 21.95 million handsets in 3Q14 Luke Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Monday 28 July 2014] Taiwan-based ODMs and own-brand makers will ship 21.95 million handsets in the third quarter of 2014, increasing by 4.2% on quarter and by 32.1% on year, and 18.65 million or 85% of the shipments will be … More

New Surface to come into production in August, say Taiwan maker Aaron Lee, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Monday 28 July 2014] Microsoft is expected to launch a 10.6-inch new version of Surface in October 2014, with production of components to begin in August and volume production of the tablet to kick off in September, according to … More

Chassis makers doubtful about rumors Samsung to release metal chassis smartphone Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Thursday 24 July 2014] With Apple’s next-generation iPhones expected to appear in the market soon, rumors that Samsung Electronics is planning to release a metal-chassis smartphone in September to defend its position have been circulating in the market; however, … More

Worldwide tablet market grows 11% in 2Q14, says IDC Press release; Alex Wolfgram, DIGITIMES [Friday 25 July 2014] The worldwide tablet market grew 11.0% on year in the second quarter of 2014 with shipments reaching 49.3 million units, according to IDC. Although shipments declined sequentially from first-quarter 2014 by 1.5%, IDC believes the market will experience … More