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Kindle Fire demand cooling off? Amazon sales charts say otherwise

January 20th, 2012

Following what Amazon reported to have been a huge holiday season for the company’s debut tablet, demand for the Kindle Fire has slowed according to new claims. Citing unnamed sources from within Amazon’s component supply chain, DigiTimes on Friday stated that Amazon’s tablet orders with original device manufacturers have been cut in half from roughly …

Acer chairman eyes MacBook Air-like ultrabooks for PC growth

January 19th, 2012

Acer chairman JT Wang on Thursday reaffirmed the company’s dedication to the new “ultrabook” market, further distancing his company from the low-margin netbooks that have dominated its PC lineup in the past. Following the success of Acer’s first-generation ultrabook — the Aspire S3 reportedly shipped between 250,000 and 300,000 units during its first quarter of …

Sony Ericsson posts Q4 loss, blames ‘intense competition’

January 19th, 2012

Sony Ericsson on Wednesday posted a €247 million loss, blaming “intense competition, price erosion and restructuring charges” for its poor results. While the Swedish joint venture did continue to make headway in the smartphone market, noting a 67% increase in Android-based Xperia smartphone sales compared to the fourth quarter in 2012, the average selling price of …

ZTE sets its sights on U.S. and China for smartphone growth

January 17th, 2012

Phone maker ZTE recently said that it sees the United States and China as the two largest markets for smartphone sales growth. “The United States and China will be key engines driving our smartphone sales,” ZTE’s head of handset strategy Lv Qianhao, told Reuters in a recent interview, noting that the company expects its worldwide smartphone …

LTE smartphones to account for nearly 5% of smartphone shipments this year

January 17th, 2012

Smartphones capable of running on 4G LTE networks will account for between 4% and 5% of all smartphones that ship this year, according to one report. The estimates were published by DigiTimes on Monday, which cited sources at U.S., Korean and Japanese phone manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Pantech, Motorola Mobility and HTC. Android manufacturers are currently …

HTC profit dives 26% in Q4 on stalled smartphone sales

January 6th, 2012

As Samsung reported record preliminary results on Friday, rival HTC revealed a sharp drop in profit for the fourth quarter that the company foreshadowed this past November. The Taiwan-based phone vendor reported unaudited operating income of NT$11.02 billion, down 26% from the same quarter a year prior, and down year-over-year for the first time in …

Samsung racks up record Q4 profit on huge smartphone sales

January 6th, 2012

Samsung shipped an estimated 35 million smartphones in the fourth quarter — up from 27.9 million in the third quarter when it passed Apple to become the top smartphone vendor in the world — pushing the South Korea-based company toward record profits. The firm reported its preliminary results for the fourth calendar quarter on Friday, …

Led by Android, global smartphone shipments to reach 614 million units in 2012

January 6th, 2012

Smartphones will continue to proliferate around the world in 2012 according to new projections released by Taiwan’s Marketing Intelligence & Consulting Institute. While 2011 was supposed to be the year of the tablet, most slates fizzled while just a few models found success in the emerging market segment. Meanwhile, smartphone sales continued to balloon last …

Samsung ships 1 million Galaxy Note units and confirms U.S. launch

December 30th, 2011

Samsung recently announced that it has shipped more than 1 million Galaxy Note smartphones. The Galaxy Note, often considered a mix between a tablet and a smartphone due to its size, was first unveiled in September and it features a massive 5.3-inch display with a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. Other features include a 1.4GHz processor, …

Samsung aims to sell 374 million phones next year, up 15% from 2011

December 28th, 2011

Samsung hopes to sell 374 million phones next year, up 15% from the 325 million the company expects to have sold in 2011. The South Korea-based firm also said that it plans to sell 150 million smartphones in 2012, Korea Economic Daily said Tuesday. The vendor is well on its way to achieving its 2011 sales …