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It's being reported today that key iPhone assembler Pegatron's chief executive said Sunday he was optimistic about high-end phone demand for all 2018 despite a quickly evolving smartphone market. "We are rather positive about the premium phone segment for all of 2018," said Pegatron chief S.J. Liao, during a press conference ahead of the company's year-end gathering. "We will also be benefiting from expanding adoptions of new artificial intelligence and augmented reality features to go into those high-end phones."


Liao said he did recognize that the overall smartphone market was slowing down but maintained his company would not be affected by the trend. He added that his company would focus only on high-end smartphones and would not seek to compete with China-based assemblers in the manufacture of mid-to-low end phones.


Pegatron's Liao also noted that his "company was carefully studying the Indian market and wouldn't rule out the possibility of initiating production in that country."


Earlier this week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Wistron, Apple's iPhone Partner in India, Close to Finalizing Deal on new Plant that may Expand Production to include iPhone 6s." Liao's out of the blue commentary about considering manufacturing in India would suggest that Apple is actively asking current suppliers if they would be interested in working with them in India to expand their iPhone lineup over the next few years.


Market watchers said Pegatron is likely to secure more orders from Apple this year and could be the main supplier for the upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD screens.


The Nikkei Asian Review quoted Kylie Huang, an analyst at Daiwa Capital Market, stating: "We are optimistic that the upcoming LCD phone this year could become a very popular model as it could be a good high-end phone with a more affordable price."


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