Mobile handset shipments could slip 2.5%: report

By Camaron Kao  /  Staff reporter

Mon, Jan 07, 2013 - Page 13

Shipments from local handset makers are expected to slip 2.5 percent sequentially in the traditonally busy season last quarter as the belated launch of new phones from HTC Corp (宏達電), the world’s No. 5 smartphone brand, failed to prop up total shipments, research house DigiTimes Research said.

Local mobile phone makers shipped about 14.64 million units in the fourth quarter of last year down from 15.01 million units in the third quarter.

On an annual basis, that represented a contraction of 26 percent, the Taipei-based researcher said in a report released on Friday.

That brought down Taiwanese companies’ global market share to 2.8 percent last quarter, compared with 3.1 percent in the third quarter and 3.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Because HTC launched several new phones either running Google Inc’s Android system or Windows phone 8 at the end of November, the launches did not provide an immediate boost to HTC’s fourth-quarter shipments, DigiTimes analyst Luke Lin (林俊吉) said in a press release.

As a result, HTC’s shipments fell significantly last quarter from the previous quarter, offestting the growth in shipments posted by contract mobile phone manufacturers, DigiTimes said.

It did not provide detailed figures.

Contract phone makers Chi Mei Communications System Inc (奇美通訊), Compal Communications Inc (華寶通訊) and Arima Communications Corp (華冠通訊) enjoyed growth in shipments last quarter, the report said.

Smartphones accounted for a historic high share of total shipments of mobile phones last quarter, after Motorola Mobility LLC, a major client of local mobile phone companies, exited the feature phone market and slashed feature phone orders with local suppliers in the second half of last year, the report said

For the full year, local mobile phone makers shipped 64.6 million handsets last year, DigiTimes said.