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Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA


Xperia Z2 goes on sale

Sony Mobile Communications yesterday began sales of its newest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z2, in Taiwan, one of the markets in which the Japanese handset maker has outperformed most of its rivals. The Xperia Z2, the world’s first smartphone to incorporate digital noise-canceling technology, starts from NT$23,900 (US$782) for a 16GB model, pricier than the Samsung Galaxy S5 at NT$22,900 and the LG G Pro 2 at NT$20,900, which were launched in Taiwan on Wednesday last week. Sony Mobile’s revenue grew by 30 percent last year, while its volume grew by 15 percent, with both figures expected to maintain the same levels of growth this year, the company said.


Asustek, Acer in top five

Taiwanese makers Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) and Acer Inc (宏碁) remained among the five leading global notebook vendors last month, despite a decline in the broader market, according to a local research report. WitsView said in the report that Asustek had a 10.3 percent worldwide market share last month, ranking it fourth, followed by Acer with an 8.8 percent market share. US-based Hewlett-Packard Co and China’s Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) remained the top two notebook vendors, and the only two companies among top five players recording positive annual growth in shipments last month.

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