Flat panels take global lead
Taiwanese flat-panel makers shipped the vast majority of the world’s ultra-high-definition TV panels last year, a local research firm said yesterday. WitsView, a research division at Taiwan-based market information advisory firm TrendForce Corp (集邦科技), said in a research note that Taiwanese makers shipped 2.35 million ultra-high-definition 4K2K TV panels last year, accounting for 76 percent of the global market. WitsView senior research manager Jeffry Chen (陳建安) attributed the high market share to Taiwanese panelmakers taking “pre-emptive opportunities” and developing models of 50 inches or smaller. However, panelmakers in South Korea and China have been catching up since the second half of last year, Chen said.
Three Pro tablets launch
Samsung Electronics Co launched three Pro series tablets in Taiwan yesterday with sizes up to 12.2 inches to take on Apple Inc’s iPads and Google Inc’s Nexus 7 series. The Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 will hit local stores late this month at NT$24,900 (US$824), while the 4G LTE version will cost NT$29,900, Samsung said in a press release. The company also launched two smaller Galaxy Tab Pro tablets with 10.1 inch and 8.4 inch screens. These 16GB Wi-Fi versions are to cost NT$14,900 and NT$12,900 respectively. The devices are scheduled to go on sale early next month.