Hope you have had a good short long Dragon Boat Festival! This week information is still substantial—
- Headlines: Micromax plans to sell smartphones in China from 2017; China-based smartphone vendors and supply chain makers have sent executives to Taiwan to talk with Innolux, AUO and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) in an attempt to secure sufficient supply; Spreadtrum new chipset production is reportedly having problem, causing China local vendors acquiring chipsets from MediaTek; Intel will reportedly replace Qualcomm as the supplier of modem hardware for some models in the next generation of Apple iPhones; Samsung is reportedly working on 2 devices that feature folding displays and to be unveiled in early 2017; Lenovo 2 working prototypes with flexible display—C Plus and Folio; LG Innotek reportedly is exclusive supplier of dual camera module to Apple;
- Components: BOE, Tianma, ITRI (with CPT) and JDI showcasing their own flexible display technologies; Movidius will power Lenovo’s future virtual reality products with its Myriad 2 VPU; Spreadtrum aims to launch standard 5G chipset in 2020; Analysis shows Samsung Galaxy S8 is likely to come with a 5.5” 4K UHD display;
- New Tech: A “metalens” that substitutes the usual glass; PowerShake charging technology; Naked Fitness Tracker 3D is a rotating scale and smart mirror; “Robot Baby” project;
- New Numbers: China-based makers will ship an estimated 180.322 million touch panels in 2Q16; 2016 global smartphone sales would only grow merely 7% on year; The cost of ownership of an Apple iPhone is significantly lower than competing ‘high end’ smartphone;
- New Products: Lenovo Tango-enabled PHAB 2 Pro; Lenovo Moto Z series; ZTE nubia Z11 Max; Meitu M6 and V4s with 21MP front-facing camera;
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