“The success of the RAZR handset pushed the whole industry to go thin,” Teng said. “Now virtually all of the upper-echelon phone OEMs have super-slim handset models.”
Motorola also introduced the first phone equipped with an Electrophoretic Display to the emerging low-cost market late last year. But its display didn’t allow consumers to enter many words or characters into the phone, which is required in certain emerging market regions, especially India and China, Teng noted.
Looking ahead, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics both suffered sales declines in Asia, leading to inventory buildups that the companies must deal with in the first quarter of this year.