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.
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.
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.