Demand from Chinese phone and tablet manufacturers keeps touch panel producers busy

Demand from Chinese phone and tablet manufacturers keeps touch panel producers busy
Thanks to their lower prices, touch panel producers in China are taking business away from their counterparts in Taiwan. Handset and tablet manufacturers in China such as Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo are placing orders from suppliers in both Taiwan and China, but are increasingly turning to the latter. For example, industry sources say that China based touch panel maker O-Films is experiencing a hefty increase in orders.

The Taiwan based companies that are losing business include names like TPK and Young Fast Optoelectronics. Thanks to careful selection of low priced suppliers, a company like Xiaomi can offer the Xiaomi Hongmi, stuff it with a quad-core CPU, give the screen a 312ppi pixel density, and still make money selling it for the Yuan equivalent of $130 USD. That is because the phone cost Xiaomi just $85 USD to produce.

Most of the orders for touch panels from the Chinese vendors, are for smartphones and tablets that will be released sometime in the current quarter.

source: DigiTimes

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10 Comments

1. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

I wonder how they manage to produce very good mid ranged smartphone with just 85 $?

2. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

by paying workers peanuts.

3. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

by ordering in million quantity.. and what missing in Chinese phones are marketing, warranty, quality control, etc.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

most of them with poor digitizer and horrible touch response

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I can confirm this about the Alcatel One Touch Evolve and Alcatel One Touch Fierce (the only 2 Alcatel phones available through T-mobile). Touch response on them really is horrible!

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Actually, no, there are a ton of devices that never come to the states and, yet, are very well made and cheaper than what Americans pay for their own devices, here. And, they have great touch response...

6. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Try comparing a Ramos , Cube or Pipo tablet with a Samsung or LG...its like night and day, the difference in touch sensitivity is very apparent Chinese generic tablets will restrict you from typing fast

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3273; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Thats bcoz they use legendary slow MTK processors... if they use some better processor then may be typing input will be fast

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

That statement was a bit ignorant Mediateks are by no means slow...They are in fact on par with Tegra 3 (I'm talking about 0lder early 2013 Mediateks) Now we have the Octas which performs similarly to an S4 Pro It's the cheap panel construction that cripples the experience

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

hmm, my BLU Life Play with MTK6589 1.2 Ghz does the job very well. I never experienced any problem in touch response. The Alcatel One Touch Fierce has that same CPU, MTK6589 1.2 Ghz, but it is way worse in touch response. So yeah, GreekGeek is right, that statement of yours was a bit ignorant. It's the crappy touch panel that cripples the experience, not the processor.

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