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Bigger smartphones to benefit Taiwan tech: UBS

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwanese suppliers in the technology industry are likely to benefit from the launch of more large-screen smartphones, UBS Securities said yesterday.

UBS Securities Taipei branch equities and research head William Dong (董成康) described last year as a less exciting year for Taiwan’s tech industry due to a lack of amazing new smartphones, but said the situation would change in the third quarter of this year when major brands are set to launch new products.

“Getting bigger will contribute greatly to the tech industry, including Taiwanese component suppliers and assemblers, given that large-sized smartphones remain the mainstream in the market,” he said at a media briefing.

On stocks relating to PCs, UBS predicted negative growth for the sector this year, but added that the range of the decline would be smaller than that of last year because of a lower comparison base, he said.

On the outlook for wearable computing devices, Dong said the devices were still in the initial stage of development and wold need more fashion factors added to their design.

In the third quarter of last year, shipments of “phablets” — smartphones with a screen size of 5 to 7 inches — accounted for 21 percent of the 261.1 million smartphones shipped globally, up from only 3 percent in the same period of 2012, research marketer IDC said.

Apple, whose latest iPhone 5S has a 4-inch screen, saw its iOS handsets grow 25.6 percent year-on-year during the third quarter of last year, underperforming Google Android’s 51.3 percent growth and Microsoft Windows’ 156 percent, IDC said.

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