10-28 Week: A year will be gone soon, but first have a look at this week headlines–Qualcomm acquires NXP; Samsung MTK-powered phone; Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC financial report; “Made In Indonesia”; etc.

Soon we are counting down the end of 2016, but first this week:


  • Qualcomm is buying NXP Semiconductors with total value USD47B
  • Samsung’s first MediaTek-powered Galaxy Grand Prime Plus (Eastern Europe) or J2 Prime (South America)
  • Samsung has announced 2 new family of communication module ARTIK 0 and ARTIK 7 for IoT
  • Intel launching Atom E3900 processor series, focusing on the IoT
  • ARM announced 2 chipset designs for IoT, namely the ARM Cortex-M23 and ARM Cortex-M33
  • SK Hynix plans to produce 10 nm-class DRAM starting from 2Q17
  • The Wi-Fi Alliance has officially certified WiGig
  • Throughout China and other Asia countries, OPPO has 320,000 offline retails shops
  • Indonesia might launch a new legislation from 1 Jan. 2017 to enforce “Made in Indonesia” on high-end, 4G smartphones
  • In lieu of terrible situation caused by Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has reportedly decided to cull 200 executives
  • Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC financial report of 3Q16


  • According to GfK, global smartphone demand totaled 353M units in 3Q16
  • According to IDC, vendors shipped a total of 362.9M smartphones worldwide in 3Q16
  • According to Counterpoint, OPPO and vivo number 1 and 2 smartphone brands in China in 3Q16
  • The global smartphone AP market grew 3% YoY to reach USD10B in 1H16, according to Strategy Analytics.
  • The global tablet AP market declined 34% YoY falling to USD889M in 1H16, according to Strategy Analytics
  • Chipworks-TechInsight estimates the total bill of materials of Apple iPhone 7 (128GB) be USD275
  • IHS Markit estimates the total cost of Google Pixel XL (32GB) to be USD285.75
  • Gartner’s prediction on most important trends in 2017 and strategic predictions for the next 3~5 years

Products: BlackBerry DTEK60, Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Mi Mix, Xiaomi Mi VR, 360 N4s, ZTE Axon 7 Max, Huawei Enjoy 6, Apple MacBook Pro, Microsoft Surface Studio, Microsoft VR, etc.

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