TAIPEI, June 5 Britain's ARM Holdings,
which designs chips used in almost all smartphones, said annual
growth in global smartphone shipments is likely to average 10
percent through 2018, with most of that growth coming from
low-priced handsets in emerging markets.
Over that time frame, annual growth will be 17 percent for
phones priced below $150, 14 percent for those at $150 to $300,
and just 4 percent for handsets above $300 - a category that
includes Apple Inc's iPhone - Chief Executive Simon
Segars told Reuters at Taiwan's Computex trade fair.
"These low-cost devices are going to have a big impact on
the market," Segars said. "There are smartphones out there now
that sell for $20 to $25 dollars, which is phenomenal."
About 90 percent of all smartphones feature chips designed
with ARM technology, so the trend toward lower handset prices
led to ARM's first-quarter profit growing less than in previous
To adjust to the changing landscape, ARM client Qualcomm Inc
plans to sell its first chips tailored to China, the
world's biggest smartphone market, where low-priced phones
Researcher IDC projects growth in worldwide smartphone
shipments to reach 19.3 percent this year and then slow to 6.2
percent in 2018. That would follow last year's 39.2 percent when
annual shipments topped 1 billion units for the first time.
(Editing by Christopher Cushing)