Asus is planning to release 13-25 own-brand handsets in 2008, DigiTimes reports. About 80% of these phones will be 3G models:
Asustek also aims to ship 250,000 own-brand handsets in the Asia-Pacific region in the coming year as compared to 100,000 units projected for 2007, said Lin, noting that Asustek will also venture into the handset market in China in the first quarter of 2008.
As compared to the 400,000 own-brand handsets sold in the Asia Pacific and Taiwan markets in 2006, Asustek's sales of own-brand handsets in the region this year are lower as the company has been focusing its efforts on the development of Windows Mobile-based devices, the Chinese-language Commercial Times quoted Lin as saying.
In other news, Asustek's own-brand business unit, which is to be officially separated from the ODM business units on January 1, 2008, will keep the majority of the parent company's handset R&D team and will push handset sales to telecom services providers in Europe, according to sources at Asustek.
Asustek's spun-off ODM business unit, Unihan Technology, will handle handset orders mainly from OEM clients, including Palm and Sony Ericsson, said the sources. Unihan will not be involved in the manufacture of handsets from telecom clients such as Vodafone and O2 in order to avoid entering into competition with OEM clients from the telecom sector, the sources stated.