02-24 Week: MWC 2017 is coming this coming week, and before that let’s recap last week

MWC 2017 is coming this coming week, and before that let’s recap last week:

Headlines:

  • Xiaomi reportedly will enhance its competitiveness by adding more mid-tier and high-end models to its portfolio in 2017
  • Lenovo has reportedly decided to kill both Motorola and Vibe line-up of devices, and come afresh as a smartphone brand under the name ‘Moto’
  • Samsung officially launches Exynos 9 Series 8895
  • Intel announced its new smartphone modem, the Intel XMM 7560
  • Qualcomm announces Snapdragon X20 LTE modem and new RF front-end modules for mobile devices
  • Qualcomm to add support for the Android Things OS on Snapdragon 210 processors with X5 LTE modems
  • Qualcomm introduces a VR development kit, which has a head mounted display (HMD) powered by the Snapdragon 835 and an upgraded VR software development kit
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is on track to start risk production of 5nm chips in 1H19
  • LG Display is constructing a 10.5G TFT-LCD factory with monthly production capacity of 60K glass substrates in Paju City
  • Samsung Display has reportedly gotten approval to invest an additional USD2.5B in Vietnam to increase the amount of capacity for its flat panel displays
  • The version of the 2017 Apple iPhone with OLED panel will sport a “revolutionary” front-facing camera and a 3D sensor
  • Toshiba is looking to spin off its flash memory business with plans to sell more than 50% of the planned separate entity to one or more than one company
  • Toshiba has unveiled the latest addition to its line-up of BiCS flash 3D flash memory with a stacked cell structure
  • Apple has acquired RealFace, an Israeli startup that developed deep learning-based face authentication technology
  • Fingerprint module maker CrucialTec says that it will start supplying its on-screen fingerprint scanning solution, dubbed “Display Fingerprint Solution” (DFS)
  • OPPO and vivo do not have a sales department, and they delegate sales to 1st-level and 2nd-level distributor

Numbers:

  • According to Ubi Research, it looks ahead to build about USD57B market in 2020 of AMOLED panel for smartphones, and among this, it is expected to take about 72% by Samsung Display
  • According to annual Harris Poll, Samsung is placed 49th in 2017’s survey — down from 7th in 2016 and its peak of 3rd in 2015

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