Report Says Flexible AMOLED Shipments Could Triple in 2017
Despite a recent shortage of display panels, shipments of AMOLED displays have been on an upward trend for the past few years. Samsung in particular is one company that has dedicated much of their company resources to developing AMOLED technology for use in all of their devices.
During the advent of the technology, some users were wary of AMOLED displays due to potential display burn in over time, but this issue has mostly been resolved. Although burn in is still a possibility for AMOLED displays, the technology has matured to the point where we see fewer and fewer reports about it with typical smartphone use. Thus over time, the technology become more palatable to end users and adoption increased.
But the biggest change in AMOLED adoption rates happened when prices were substantially cut to compete with LCD panels. For quite some time, AMOLED was shunned due to its higher production cost, but that disadvantage was killed with the drop in manufacturing costs. Thus, OEMs began using AMOLED displays in a much wider variety of their products.
Furthermore, there is no reason to expect this trend to discontinue (until such time that a superior technology comes along, of course). In fact, we’ve seen AMOLED display technology being used in new and innovative ways, such as in flexible panels. A new report states that shipments of flexible AMOLED panels are expected to hit 150 million next year in 2017. In a market where smartphone shipments already exceed 1.4 billion, 150 million doesn’t sound too impressive. However, this will be an important milestone for the technology as this estimate indicates a potential three-fold increase in flexible AMOLED displays being shipped compared to 2016.
Samsung has thus far dominated the flexible AMOLED panel manufacturing for years, but there are other companies like EverDisplay, Optronics, and Visionox who are now able to manufacture a small number of these types of panels. So far it seems that the demand for these panels outweigh the rate in which they can be produced, but with the evolution of flexible AMOLED technology that may change in the near future.
So, do you prefer a smartphone that has an AMOLED panel, or do you still opt for devices that are using the matured LCD panels? Let us know in the comments!