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Samsung smartphones drive AMOLED panel shipments up

Posted: 11 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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According to the latest report from IHS, global shipments of high-end active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) display panels registered growth of 16 per cent in Q2. This is largely driven by demand from upscale Samsung smartphones, particularly the Galaxy S4, stated the market analyst.

Global AMOLED display shipments during the period from April through June amounted to 53.1 million units, up from 45.6 million in Q1. IHS added that shipments were up by an even more impressive 41 per cent from 37.6 million in 2Q12.

"Samsung is driving the rapid growth of the small-sized AMOLED market, with the company responsible for most of the supply and the demand for the panels," said Vinita Jakhanwal, director for mobile and emerging display technologies at IHS. "In terms of demand, the company's smartphone business is the largest AMOLED panel consumer. On the supply side, Samsung Display Corp. is the largest AMOLED producer. With Samsung's line of Galaxy smartphone enjoying fast sales growth, its AMOLED business is expanding quickly as well."

Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone in Q2 was the biggest single user of AMOLEDs, with shipments of the 4.99in panels used in the device reaching 10 million units per month. The S4 was also the biggest factor driving the growth of the overall AMOLED market, owing to booming demand for the smartphone.

Also racking up big numbers was the 4.8in panel, used in the older Samsung Galaxy S III. However, total shipments for this panel size are starting to decline because the newer S4 model now is more in demand among consumers.

Samsung also employed a 5.5in AMOLED panel in the Note 2, a smartphone-cum-tablet that Samsung dubs a 'phablet.'

"Smartphones are the primary users of AMOLED panels, because of the displays' image clarity, lighter weight and high contrast ratio over competitive panel technologies like low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS)," said Jerry Kang, senior analyst at IHS.

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