Oct 092012

According to media reports, the Apple iPhone 5 demand has been quite strong. Three days after iPhone 5 release on the September 21 the shipment has been over 5 million units, Apple said.

But Apple’s component suppliers in Asia indicate that Apple fans may need to wait a longer time before buying the iPhone 5.

The Foxconn labor disputes upgraded last weekend. The Wall Street Journal reported that Foxconn factory producing iPhone in China has labor disputes, but Foxconn denies employees stopping work due to this. Labor rights protection organization China Labor Watch said, in a Foxconn factory producing iPhone 5, as many as 4,000 employees stopped working, resulting in a day downtime of iPhone 5 production line. This is not the first time for Foxconn suffering labor disputes. Labor disputes may affect the production schedule of Foxconn, before the eve of the Christmas sales season, Foxconn is on full capacity to meet Apple’s needs.

Some analysts said the NAND flash memory chips in short supply may cause iPhone 5 out-of-stock. According to China Taiwan area network chip market DRAMeXchange, due to strong demand of consumer electronics manufacturers, in the past few weeks, the NAND flash memory chip prices rose sharply by 11%. Apple purchased NAND flash memory chips from several chip makers, including Samsung, Hynix and other manufactures. However, if it’s in a serious shortage, Apple will be forced to seek other suppliers. Apple has been part of the iPhone 5 memory chip orders transferred from Samsung to other chip manufacturers in Asia. Samsung market share is approximately 40% in NAND flash memory chip, Samsung smartphones and tablet PCs also uses its own flash memory chips.

iPhone 5 display uses a display technology called “in-cell”, which can reduce the thickness of the display. But Asia “in-cell” display suppliers are mainly LG Display, Sharp and Japan Display, who said that the “in-cell” display is more difficult to manufacture than traditional display. For example, Sharp began delivery of iPhone 5 screen from last month. Samsung uses a technology called “AMOLED” (active matrix organic light-emitting diode panel), therefore the “in-cell” display suppliers are relatively less.

Sep 292012

According to data released on Friday by the mobile industry research firm CCS Insight, Nokia last month has cut the price of Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 15% and 10% down.

The CCS Insight analyst Digantam Gurung said, that Nokia lowered the price of the old version Lumia phone is not surprising, because the next generation Windows smartphones will be on market soon.

Since the Lumia 800 based on the Windows Phone system listed in November last year, its price has fallen by about 25%. The price of Lumia 900 listing in January this year has dropped by 20%.

Nokia officials declined to comment.

Earlier this year, Nokia and its telecom partner AT&T lowered their price after Lumia smartphone listed in market only a few months, caused a strong reaction in the mobile industry. Nokia then explained that the price behavior had long been planned in the company product release strategy.

Nokia on Thursday announced new Lumia smartphone sales plan in the European market, it announced that Lumia 820 and 920 the company has just released earlier this month will land several European markets in November this year,.

Nokia said, Lumia 820 and 920 are priced at 499 euros and 599 euros in Italy, Lumia 920 price in Germany is 649 euros (tax containing carrier subsidies). Lumia 920 price is slightly lower than the iPhone, the latter retail price is about 679 euros in the European market, about the same price in the European market with Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S3.

Aug 312012

Market research firm IDC released research report on Thursday, it’s predicted that China will overtake the United States this year to become the world’s largest smartphone market. IDC expects demand for cheap smartphones based on Google Android operating system will increase.

IDC expects the Chinese smartphone market share will rise from 18.3% last year to 26.5% this year in the global market, while the U.S. market share will decline from 21.3% to 17.8%.

IDC said the fierce competition between smartphone vendors prompted the increase of the number of Android phones with a low price of $100 or less, which will help smartphone sales in the Chinese market. IDC expects, mobile operators in the Chinese market will increase sales by providing subsidies. At the same time, the growth rate of the U.S. smartphone market this year is expected to be slowed down, because most mobile phones sold in the U.S. market are smart phones.

IDC expects the UK smartphone market share will be 4.5%, ranked third; Indian share is expected to be 2.5%, ranked fourth, and it will rise to 8.5% in 2016; Brazilian share is expected to be 2.3%, ranked fifth.

Samsung is the largest Android smartphone manufacturers in the global market, so is in the Chinese market, what ranked after it are Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo Group, China’s domestic manufacturers.