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7-31: Spreadtrum 4G chipset is used by Samsung new smartphone; Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 reportedly is manufactured with 10nm process; 2Q16 global tablet shipment reached 33.54mln units; etc.

Chipset

According to SEMI, foundry capacity growth is forecast to outgrow the overall industry at about 5% each year to reach 6 million wafers per month (wpm) (200mm equivalent) by the end of 2017. Taiwan is the largest foundry capacity region and accounts for over 55% of 300mm foundry capacity in the world, led by TSMC and UMC. (SEMI, press, EEPW)

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Spreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core LTE mobile chipset, the SC9830i, has been adopted for a new Samsung smartphone Galaxy J2 (2016) SM-J210F/DS. (Digitimes, press, CNMO, PC Online, CC Time, EE Focus)

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 is internally known as MSM8998, which will reportedly be based on 10nm process and come with Kyro 200 core design, Adreno 540 GPU, X16 modem with DL speeds of up to 980Mbps, and LPDDR4X memory that can support 4K x 2K video recording. (TechNews, Softpedia, WCCFTech, Android Headlines, Phones Review, 163, DoSpy, IB Times, ZOL, IT168)

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For the three months ended June 30, British chip designer ARM said normalised pretax profit came in at GBP130.1 million (USD171 million) on revenues which rose 9% to USD387.6 million. (CNBC, Reuters, 199IT)

Touch Display

Touch panel maker TPK Holding suffered a net loss per share of NTD7.28 (USD0.228) for 2Q16. TPK posted consolidated revenues of NTD17.085 billion, gross margin of negative 9.29%, operating loss of NTD2.743 billion and net loss of NTD2.499 billion for 2Q16. (TechNews, OfWeek, 51Touch, Digitimes, press)
Innolux announced its 2Q16 consolidated revenues. Combined net sales for 2Q16 amounted to NTD66.8 billion; gross profit was NTD1.55 billion, for a gross margin of 2.3%. Operating loss totaled NTD3 billion with an operating loss of 4.5%. Net loss amounted to NTD3.5 billion, for a net loss margin of 5.2%. (TechNews, China Times, Yahoo)
Patent application filed by Apple for the Digital Crown shows it being used on the iPad. It can be used to raise or lower volume, resize text, lock the touchscreen or to take a photograph. (CN Beta, Phone Arena, Patently Apple)

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Connectivity

According to China Broadband Development Alliance (BDA), in 2Q16 China broadband average download speed has increased 10.7% from 1Q16, achieving 10.47Mbit/s. (AskCi, CN Beta, Down.cc, China Broadband Development Alliance, report)

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Bell Canada announced that it has successfully demonstrated 5G mobile technology in collaboration with Nokia. Conducted at Bell’s Wireless Innovation Centre in Mississauga, the trial leveraged spectrum in the 73GHz range to achieve sustained data speeds more than 6 times faster than top 4G mobile speeds now available in Canada. (CN Beta, Cantech Letter, Market Watch, Financial Post)

Smartphones

According to Counterpoint Research, the global smartphone shipments grew 3% in 2Q16 reaching 360 million units. The quarter was dominated by Chinese brands which continue to scale their operations both in their domestic market and beyond. (Counterpoint Research, press, CN Beta)

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IHS analyst Kevin Wang has revealed that Huawei is leading the Chinese smartphone vendors in the market in 2Q16, having sold over 32 million phones during this period. (Gizmo China, South Money, Toutiao)

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With automation in place, Pegatron is recruiting fewer workers at its Shanghai factory. It will be able to the output of 100 workers in the past with only 20 workers through automation. (Apple Insider, Digitimes, press, 163, Tencent)
Akyumen Holophone with an integrated pico projector is launched – 7” FHD display, Intel Cherrytrail 8300 processor, 13MP + 5MP cameras, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, LTE, Android 5.x / Windows 10 PC dual-boot, from USD600. (Phone Arena, Akyumen, CN Beta)

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Tablets

TrendForce finds that worldwide tablet shipments for 2Q16 totaled 33.54 million units, representing a quarterly drop of 4.8% and a year-on-year decline of 8.8%. Apple retained its top position in the quarterly ranking with 9.95 million units shipped. (TrendForce, press, TrendForce[cn], press, 199IT)

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Wearables

Chinese smartwatch maker No.1 launches G5 – circular 240×240 display, MediaTek MT2502 processor, compatible with Android / iOS, Bluetooth 4.0, 380mAh battery, USD20. (GizChina, No.1)

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