Snapdragon 845 tipped to use older 10nm production, bummer for the US-bound Galaxy S9

It’s been a familiar refrain for years now – the US gets a Snapdragon-equipped Galaxy S line flagship, because… Qualcomm patents, but also Verizon and Sprint’s legacy CDMA voice networks. The rest of the world, however, usually basks in the battery life efficiency coming with Samsung’s homebrew Exynos line of processors, and often the added benefit of a better audio processor.

Next year, with the introduction of the eventual Galaxy S9 and S9+, we thought that the roles may get reversed. Samsung just announced that its second-generation 10nm LPP processors are entering mass production, …


Samsung starts production of SoC chips using second generation 10nm process


Samsung has announced today that it has started churning out chipsets made using the company’s second generation 10nm process. Samsung hasn’t  made any specific announcement, but there is a good chance that this second generation process will be employed in the production of the Snapdragon 845 chipset and the next version of the Exynos SoC. Both of these chips are expected to drive specific versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in 2018

The new generation manufacturing technique uses 10LPP (Low Power Plus) which raises the performance …

ZTE Axon 7 is no longer in production, but a successor is coming next year

It looks like ZTE will not be manufacturing its Axon 7 high-end smartphone even though the device made its debut on the market one and a half year ago. The good news is the Chinese company hinted to a successor of its “incredibly successful” Axon 7, which could be unveiled as early as January.

ZTE doesn’t sell the Axon 7 on its online store any longer and if you visit the phone’s page you’ll that it’s “out of stock.” That made consumers who were still willing to pay to get one to turn to ZTE for more details on when exactly the Axon 7 will be back in stock.

Well, …

Faster iPhone X delivery times due to improved production, not weak demand

With Apple iPhone X delivery times down to 1 to 2 weeks on new orders, the reason for the quicker delivery times depends on your world view. If you’re not an Apple fan, you say that delivery times are dropping because no one is buying the phone. If you’re an Apple fan, you might take the opinion that Apple has finally figured out to produce the tenth anniversary model at a faster pace.

A research note sent to KGI Securities clients last week by top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo takes the latter position and says that the faster iPhone X production has allowed Apple to as much as triple the …

iPhone maker Foxconn posts 39% drop in profits, iPhone X production problems to blame?

Taiwanese company Foxconn, the main assembler of Apple products, reported a 39% slump in quarterly net profits. According to The Wall Street Journal, such a drop in margins was expected, but the results are notably worse than what analysts predicted. Foxconn hasn’t experienced such a quarter-over-quarter decline since the global recession of 2008.
The most probable cause for this downturn is a series of production bottlenecks surrounding the iPhone X. As you might know, the $1,000 flagship is the first Apple smartphone to feature an edge-to-edge …

Apple increasing production of iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus

As one great philosopher once said, “the proof is in the pudding” (perhaps he worked for Jell-O). With that in mind, it seems that demand for both the Apple iPhone X and Apple iPhone 8 Plus is stronger than expected. Supply chain reports indicate that for its fiscal first quarter, which ends when 2017 does, Apple will ship 26 million units of the tenth anniversary model. KGI Securities superstar Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple plans on increasing production of the iPhone X by 35% to 45% in the current quarter from the previous three month period.

Kuo gives two reasons why Apple …

Apple's COO to meet with Foxconn to discuss iPhone X production delays

In the midst of rumored production problems involving the Apple iPhone X, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams plans to meet with the chairman of contract manufacturer Foxconn later this month in Taiwan. While Apple uses a number of different companies to assemble the iPhone and iPad, the iPhone X is being put together exclusively by Foxconn. The latter’s chairman, Terry Gou, will discuss with Williams the production delays that could limit the number of iPhone X units available to consumers by launch day, November 3rd.

As we told you earlier today, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi …

Analyst cuts his forecast of 2017 Apple iPhone X production by 10%

According to a tech executive who is “in the know” when it comes to the production of the Apple iPhone X, the complex 3D sensors used on Face ID are still causing a major problem in the manufacturing of the device. Not terribly long ago, a financial newswire said that Apple’s yield for the iPhone X was 10%. To put that in perspective, it means that 90% of the units rolling off of the assembly line are failing to meet Apple’s standards. 

The anonymous tech executive says that the dot projector, part of the TrueDepth Camera system, is responsible for the production delays. This is seconded …

Apple expected to go into a "supercycle" soon, but production difficulties slow it down

Apple is expected to go into overdrive mode with a so-called “supercycle” for iPhones this year, selling more than usual in the forthcoming year, according to multiple researchers and analysts, but one of the most well-respected ones – Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities – says that this “supercycle” will happen later than expected.
The reason? Apple is facing production difficulties that will only be “significantly addressed” in 2018. What Kuo refers to is the brand new TrueDepth camera system that will be able to make a very accurate 3D scan …

Issues popping up for Apple iPhone X 3D sensor suppliers; low yields could affect production numbers

With Apple slated to deliver the tenth anniversary iPhone X model on November 3rd, a new report published in Japan today says that production issues have cropped up in relation to the production of parts for Face ID. The new feature, which is found only on the iPhone X, uses the user’s face to quickly unlock the phone and verify the identity of the user. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, suppliers of the 3D sensors used in Face ID are having problems achieving a decent yield rate.

Two executives who work for companies that supply parts for the iPhone say that it is unknown whether Apple …