Demand for low to mid-range 4G LTE handsets to rise in 2014

Demand for low to mid-range 4G LTE handsets to rise in 2014
Taiwan-based handset supply chain makers are cited as the source of a published report on Thursday morning calling for a global surge in low to mid range LTE handsets in 2014. Currently, LTE supported smartphones are priced at $500 and above. But the report says that thanks to China Mobile's upcoming launch of its TD-LTE pipeline, $200 (low-end) and $300 (mid-range) smartphones with LTE connectivity will soon be grabbing huge demand.

This year, 300 million LTE enabled phones will ship, 30% of the entire amount of smartphones in transit this year. But LTE service will begin in some emerging markets next year, like China and India. In the former country alone, demand next year for phones with LTE connectivity is pegged at 30 million to 50 million units. Manufacturers like Samsung, LG and Sony are expected to build low to mid-range LTE phones to meet the demand.

In addition to China Mobile's LTE rollout, Qualcomm and MediaTek are providing reference chips to help Chinese manufacturers build entry-level and mid-range phones with TD-LTE connectivity specifically for the Chinese market. Those same models can support FDD LTE in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

source: DigiTimes

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