Makers are also developing slim designs and incorporating two-way audio, several alerts, camera, pedometer and MP3 playback to add value.
Most models deliver 1 to 3W and can work not just with mobile phones but with other devices as well.
Makers boost value further by adding Wi-Fi and GPS. Designs mix fashion and sports elements.
Most headsets are wired, but more Bluetooth, DECT and RF wireless types can be expected in coming months.
More models support 2,000mAh or greater capacity and up to 500 charge/discharge cycles.
Makers are expanding the input, output and capacity range of their chargers so these can work with more electronic products.
Supply of 802.11n antennas is expected to continue on the upswing to match demand for faster data rates.
Digital handheld radios rise in supply even as analog units remain dominant.
Advanced smartphones support 1 to 4GB RAM and 4 to 16GB NAND flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Some units enable NFC and MHL connectivity.
Makers are raising product value further with LED torch, solar panel, compass, thermometer, speaker or card reader.
HDMI 1.4 connectors join their 1.3 counterparts in China’s mainstream selection amid the line’s ongoing shift to the higher standard. Units in the latter specification, however, continue to dominate output but with a narrowing lead. For many suppliers, 1.4 variants now surpass 50 percent of yield, which is expected to climb further. For some, the share has reached 100 percent. Makers such as and plan to boost their 1.4 turnout in the months ahead. The former’s target is at least 90 percent of total production from the current 85 percent. Changzhou Gemini currently releases 50,000 HDMI connectors each month.
Makers pattern design R&D after newly launched smartphones to ensure fit and ease of use.