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PARTNERSHIP: O2 Asia delists Asustek but continues with Gigabyte, Quanta and Arima
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 15.06.07 - 10:47:20 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 14397x
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According a report from DigiTimes, O2 Asia is adjusting its ODM partners for the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, with Asustek no longer making new handsets for O2 Asia while Gigabyte Communications will account for the highest proportion of the orders to be released. Gigabyte Communications, which manufactured so far the O2 Xda Stealth, is even outrunning Quanta Computer, which manufactures O2's bestseller, the O2 Xda Atom-series and Arima Communications which manufactures the O2 Xda Flame.

From left to right: O2 Xda Stealth, O2 Xda Atom, O2 Xda Flame

Maybe one reason for delisting Asustek was the fiasco O2 UK faced with the never released O2 Xda Zinc which was replaced by the O2 Xda Trion later. However, another reason seems to be confirmed: It's Asustek's cooperation with Intel by using Intel's 3G chips while the overall performance of the chips are behind those of Qualcomm-made 3G chips, DigiTimes sources indicated.

Lawrence Lee, president for Taiwan and Hong Kong at O2 Asia Pacific, said O2 will roll out four new models in the second half of 2007 and the models will be supplied by three makers. However, he declined to reveal the names of the partners.
The four models all use the Windows Mobile 6 platform. Except for one competitively priced 2.5G model, the remaining three models will support 3.5G (UMTS and HSDPA) with download speeds of at least 3.6 Mbps, while one to two models among the four will have GPS functions, Lee said.

O2 Asia now places orders for as many as one million units per year for Taiwan-based makers, the sources added.

Cheers ~ Arne


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