This Week: Samsung Electronics lays off and reduce R&D investment; Xiaomi and Qihoo 360 suing each other; JDI closing 2 panel fabs in Japan; ARM and TSMC team up for 7nm; etc.

A week past, information piles up:

  • More important or interesting news – Samsung Electronics reportedly lays off and reduce R&D investment; Xiaomi and Qihoo 360 sue each other; ZUK is making Kim Soo-Hyun smartphone; Huawei hires Messi to be the sponsor with huge incentives; Samsung Galaxy S7 costs USD255.
  • Other news – Meizu has few months exclusive for MediaTek X25; MediaTek X30 is to be launched end of this year; Samsung Display to sell dual-edge display to Huawei and Xiaomi; JDI to close 2 panel fabs in Japan; Xiaomi wants to use e-commerce boom in India to drive sales.
  • Some numbers – 4Q15 Sony mobile ASP is USD422 (Android top 1); 2015 unlocked phones in US shipped 14.6 million units; forecasts Apple new 4” iPhone sales within 10-15 million units; 2015 South East Asia smartphone shipment exceeds 100 million units.
  • New technologies – Glass that can turn from clear to opaque in less than a second; carbon nanotubes battery; ReBOOT shoe concept; mobile phone charging station; Kardia Band a Apple Watch band with ECG module built-in; Samsung laser system; AutoDietary food-tracking necklace; blackest material; etc.

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