BlackBerry's problems affect Taiwan manufacturers

BlackBerry's problems affect Taiwan manufacturers
After announcing on Friday that it would write off nearly $1 billion worth of BlackBerry Z10 models, some Taiwan handset manufacturers are affected by the Canadian manufacturer's decision to leave the consumer market. For example, ODM/OEM Wistron is expected to have its orders from BlackBerry reduced by half as BlackBerry cuts its line up from 6 models to 4. That will consist of 2 high-end and 2 entry-level phones.

Other suppliers such as keypad producers Silitech and Ichia will both be less affected by BlackBerry's plans since they have already started cutting back on their reliance to orders from the Waterloo based firm. Sales to BlackBerry represent only 10% of each company's revenues.

Sources close to the situation say that BlackBerry has started taking deliveries of its first 5 inch model, the BlackBerry Z30. But initial orders for the most powerful Berry ever from the Canadian handset provider are lower than the initial orders placed by BlackBerry for the BlackBerry Z10 back in Q1. But back then, the BlackBerry 10 platform was untested and there was real hope that BlackBerry had come up with a winning OS. But after announcing its intention to do the write off, it certainly looks like the whole BlackBerry 10 platform has not been the success that was hoped for.

source: DigiTimes

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Z10
  • Display 4.2" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
Z30
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2880 mAh(18h talk time)

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9 Comments

1. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

should i cry or something...

2. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Boo hoo

3. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Yes and please..

4. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

They should upload the f**ckn BBM to play store Asap That's just my area of interest. Or enable the leak version

5. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

I think BB should just go opensource. That's the best possible solution, not just for BB but for any other mobile OS as well, especially considering the incredible and rising success of Android. If BB does decide to release its OS under an opensource license, i think it will have a real fighting chance, at least from the software standpoint. The hardware manufacturing should be turned over to another company, just like Google lets LG, Samsung and Asus do the heavy lifting for its Nexus line, as it concentrates on the software.

6. volcano321

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 08, 2013

So everyone can install their OS on their android phones? If they had a successful app store, maybe.. but what benefits are there. BB OS developers have probably all quit in light of the recent news. BB is screwd.

7. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Allan F and been sarcastic. Always quoting Mr heins in every post that involves the Z30."most powerful blackberry ever". Dude it ain't funny anymore. Posted using my BlackBerry Q10. BlackBerry by choice.

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

This is a sad story... Anyone can make fun of BB all you want... but we have to admit BB was at one point the best smartphone out there...

9. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Disagree!! I've always made fun of the BB handsets. But indeed is sad how bad decisions make a whole company sinks without hope.

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