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Chinese handset maker uses FocalTech sensors

COMPETITIVE TECH:FocalTech Systems has announced it plans to launch bigger low-cost in-cell smartphone touch sensors in the near future

By Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter

Touch-sensor supplier FocalTech Systems Co (敦泰) has announced that Chinese handset maker Vsun Communication Technology Co Ltd (聞尚通訊) has adopted its new low-cost in-cell touch sensors in its latest smartphone.

The company said it used double-layer metal mesh film to replace expensive indium-tin-oxide (ITO) film, a move that makes in-cell panels more competitive for handset makers.

“This shows that in-cell [panels] can be used not only in high-end mobile phones, such as the iPhone 5, but they can be used extensively in all kinds of phones,” FocalTech said in a statement on Wednesday.

The company’s announcement came after TPK Holdings Co (宸鴻), the world’s biggest touch-panel supplier, said on Tuesday that it was ready with the metal-mesh technology and would be able to supply the low-cost touch panels at the request of customers.

PORTFOLIO EXPANSION

TPK is expanding its product portfolios to low-end touch panels in order to cope with fast-growing entry-level smartphone markets in China and emerging economies and to fend off competition from newcomers.

FocalTech said Vsun’s phone, launched earlier this month, is the latest in a slew of phones that are equipped with in-cell touch sensors after Apple Ins’c iPhone 5.

The smartphone is fitted with a 4-inch touch screen.

FUTURE LAUNCHES

The company, which is scheduled to launch an initial public offering on the local stock market later this year, said it plans to launch bigger in-cell smartphone touch sensors in the near future.

Last week, market researcher NPD DisplaySearch forecast that smartphones equipped with in-cell touch panels will account for 13.7 percent of global smartphones this year, up from 7.3 percent last year.

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