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Talk of the Day -- Phablets market share to expand to 40%
Central News Agency
2013-12-25 10:23 PM
Big-screen phablets, which combine the features of smartphones and tablet computers will account for an over 40 percent market share in Taiwan next year, market research firm IDC forecast in its latest research report. According to the report, Taiwan boasts a higher-than-world average phablet penetration rate, as local users like to watch films and play games on their hand-held devices. Taiwan ranks third in the global phablet penetration rankings, according to the IDC report. At present, smartphone makers focus on developing high-end, high-priced flagship models, but in the future, mid-tier and low-cost models will gradually become mainstream, a trend that will help fuel phablet market growth, the report said. The following are excerpts from a special report in the Wednesday edition of the Economic Daily News on latest developments in the technology sector: Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. has launched a high-end 5.9-inch phablet HTC One max that can support the 4G LTE functions and has a fingerprint identification sensor similar to that on Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5S. In addition to the silver color version, HTC has also launched red and black HTC One max recently. Currently, phablet tends to refer to handsets with display larger than 5 inches. South Korean technology titan Samsung Electronics Co. took the lead in launching Galaxy Note series of hand-held devices with 5-inch display. At first, the devices were defined as tablets. With more companies launching their own big-screen devices, they are now listed in the phablet category. Meanwhile, local industry analysts said Huawei Technologies Co. of China's launch of low-cost Honor 3C smartphone model will help boost revenues of Taiwanese companies in the Huawei supply chains. MediaTek, Taiwan's leading handset chip designer, and camera lenz supplier Largan Precision will benefit most from booming sales of Huawei's new smartphone model. Huawei said it has received more than 8 million preorders for its Honor 3C handset since it began to accept online preorders last week. (Dec. 25, 2013). (By Sofia Wu)
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