In major departure, Xiaomi’s new tablet will also run Windows 10

ChinaTech in Asia — Xiaomi’s latest tablet, the Mi Pad 2, is thinner than its predecessor, features a full-metal body, and will even be capable of running Windows 10, the company announced at an event today in Beijing. The Mi Pad 2 will be available with 16 and 64 gigabytes of storage, and features a 7.9-inch screen, an Intel X5 quad-core processor, and USB type-C charging.

TSMC secures A10 chip orders from Apple, says report

TaiwanTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be the exclusive supplier of Apple’s next-generation A10 processors with volume production to kick off starting March 2016, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report. TSMC will offer its in-house developed backend integrated fan-out (InFO) wafer-level packaging for the production of the A10 chips, which will be built using the foundry’s 16nm FinFET process technology, said the report, which cited unspecified Apple suppliers as its source.

Apple 12.9-inch iPad to use displays from Sharp

JapanDigi Times — Apple’s reported 12.9-inch iPad will feature displays from Sharp while Foxconn Group subsidiary General Interface Solution (GIS) will be mainly responsible for touch modules, lamination and LCM assembly, according to industry sources. The device will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth. Sharp will provide Open Cell LCD displays while GIS will provide GF touch panels.

Tablet makers in China move into drone production

ChinaWant China Times — With lackluster sales in the global tablet market, Chinese manufacturers have been looking to expand into the development and production of smartphones, wearable devices, vehicle navigation systems and, in particular, drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the first half of this year, reports Shanghai’s China Business News.

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to decline 15% on year in 3Q15, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Global tablet shipments are expected to decline 15% on year to reach 51.88 million units in the third quarter as the mobile device market continues to see weak demand despite vendors’ inventory preparation for the year-end holidays, the launch of Windows 10 and growth in the 4G services market. However, China-based white-box players will see a 15% growth from the second quarter because their orders from overseas markets will recover, boosting their combined shipments to over 19 million units, according to Digitimes Research’s latest report on the global tablet market.

Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments decline 10% in 2Q15, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Global tablet shipments declined 10% sequentially and over 15% on year to reach only 45.76 million units in the second quarter, according to Digitimes Research’s latest report on the global tablet market. Major markets felt the impacts of weak currencies; mid-range to entry-level large-size smartphones continued to cannibalize tablets; and vendors saw high inventory.

Spreadtrum chipset adopted for Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets

ChinaDigi Times — Spreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730SE, has been adopted by Samsung Electronics in a tablet series designed for launch in India and European markets. The SC7730SE is now shipping in the Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablets which will be available with WCDMA (SM-T561 series) and Wi-Fi (SM-T560 series) features.

Spreadtrum Chipset is Adopted for Samsung GALAXY Tab E Tablets

ChinaPRNewswire — SHANGHAI: Spreadtrum Communications (“Spreadtrum”), a leading fabless semiconductor company in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless communication standards, today announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730SE has been adopted by Samsung’s tablet products that combine advanced features with affordability and portability, designed to launch into India and European markets.

Microsoft to bring Surface tablets to India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: As Microsoft gears up for the global launch of Windows 10, the company has revealed that it does plan to bring its much acclaimed Surface 2-in-1 devices to the Indian market. Speaking to TOI Tech, Vineet Durani, Director – Windows Business Group at Microsoft (India), informed that the company is looking at bringing the Surface devices to India, following feedback from its current and potential customers including CXOs.

Digitimes Research: Intel processor shipments rely on Windows tablets for growth, from TW

ChinaObserving the Intel mobile platform’s development in the non-Android tablet market, Digitimes Research expects Windows tablets to replace Android tablets and become Intel’s new focus. Intel’s Education Tablet, which achieved success in the education sector in 2014, is also expected to benefit the CPU giant’s mobile processor shipments in 2015.

Asustek ranks No.2 in the Japanese tablet market in Q1

JapanWant China Times — Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Asustek has made it to second in the Japanese tablet market in the first quarter, just after market leader Apple, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. IDC said Asustek launched the larger 7-inch and 8-inch MeMO Pad before the end of the lifecycle of its Nexus 7, which was the main driving force on the market and led the company’s shares from 5.9% in the forth quarter last year to 8.7% in the first quarter this year.

India’s tablet shipments down 13.9% last quarter: Report

IndiaNEW DELHI: Tablet PC shipments in India declined by 13.9% to 1.03 million units in the January-March quarter, 2015, impacted by lack of “differentiated” products in the market, says a report. About 1.2 million units of tablets were shipped in the October-December quarter, 2014, according to CyberMedia Research’s India Quarterly Tablets Market Review.

Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablet to take swipe at iPad in Taiwan

TaiwanMicrosoft launched its new Surface 3 tablet in Taiwan Tuesday, hoping that the convertible tablet computer with business software can take on Apple’s iPad. The Surface 3 is a cheaper and smaller version of the high-end Surface Pro 3 in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families, according to Microsoft. “We think the Surface 3 is better than the iPad,” Roan Kang, general manager of marketing and operations at Microsoft Taiwan, told a press conference to launch the tablet.

Spreadtrum chipsets adopted for Samsung WCDMA tablets and smartphone

KoreaSpreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730ST, and its dual-core mobile chipset, the SC7727S, have been adopted by Samsung Electronics in a series of tablets and smartphones. The SC7730ST is now shipping in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 V tablets, which are 7-inch models available with WCDMA (SM-T116 series) and Wi-Fi ( SM-T113 series) features. These tablets, designed with Spreadtrum’s 1.3GHz quad-core processor, feature a 7-inch WSVGA display, a 2MP camera, 8GB internal memory and 1GB RAM, a 32GB MicroSD slot and extended battery life of up to eight hours on video playback.

Tablet makers shift to smartphones with market saturated, from TW

TaiwanWith price competition escalating and squeezing profitability in the global tablet computer sector, many manufacturer have shifted their production capacity to smartphones in a bid to find alternative profit sources, Shanghai’s China Business News reports. In a saturated worldwide market, tablet sales growth started to moderate in 2014 from the skyrocketing growth seen in the past, the report said. In addition to a price war, a relatively long life expectancy of tablets has also slowed down market demand.

Xiaomi MiPad and budget Redmi 2 set to launch in India on March 24

IndiaAt an event this morning in Delhi, Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi revealed that its tablet, the MiPad, and the updated version of its cheapest phone, the Redmi 2, are set to launch in India on March 24. The budget-oriented Redmi 2 first launched in China in January, while the MiPad dates back to May 2014. Xiaomi’s MiPad, which comes with a 7.9-inch 1080p HD screen, will cost INR 12,999 (US$207), while the Redmi 2 (with a 4.7-inch 720p HD screen) is pegged at INR 6,999 (US$112).

Amazon cuts tablet orders to Compal, Quanta Computer, says paper

TaiwanAmazon has reduced tablet orders released to Taiwan-based ODMs Compal Electronics and Quanta Computer by an estimated 30%, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News(EDN) report citing Taiwan-based supply chain makers as indicating.

Government, education projects to help India tablet market grow in 2015: IDC

IndiaNEW DELHI: Large government and education projects, coupled with re-entry of older players in consumer segment, are expected to help the tablet PC market in India post single digit growth this year, research firm IDC said.  The tablet market in India, which saw a correction post the introduction of BIS regulation in July 2013, closed at 3.5 million at the end of December 2014, a decline of 15 per cent over 2013.

Samsung loses leadership position to iBall in Indian tablet market

IndiaNEW DELHI: Korean giant Samsung has lost its leadership position in the Indian tablet market to the home-bred vendor iBall in the fourth quarter of the 2014, IDC said.  Samsung slipped to the second spot, with 12.9% of the market share as against a 17.9% share in fourth quarter of 2013. Local tablet vendors are posing stiff competition to Samsung at retail counters, IDC said, add8ng that iBall has more than tripled its share in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 15.6%, up from a 4.5% share in the same quarter last year.

Supply chains adjusting strategies as tablet market expected to decline 30% in 1Q15, from TW

TaiwanTablet supply chains are evaluating their strategies for 2015 as overall shipments are expected to wither throughout the year, declining most heavily by an estimated 30% on quarter in the first quarter of the year. Tablet shipments are expected to reach 52.15 million in the quarter, with Apple and white-box units all expected to see over 20% declines.