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OLED displays for smartphones to be in tight supply throughout the year

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OLED displays for smartphones to be in tight supply throughout the year

Phones using OLED display panels are expected to hit 217 million panels this year, according to DisplaySearch, which is much more than the 134 million pieces last year, and already putting a strain on capacities. Supply/demand ratio is forecast to reach just 1% towards the end of the year, meaning any unfortunate event can throw a number of plans off the rails. As per Charles Annis, vice president of manufacturing analsysis at DisplaySearch:

Samsung Display still produces the vast majority of commercially available AMOLEDs, and these are mainly used in smartphones. With the recent release of the Galaxy S4 with a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, Samsung will need to run its AMOLED fabs at maximum capacity to keep up with expected high demand.

As the supply/demand ratio is expected to tighten dramatically, Samsung is moving to significantly extend capacity at its A2 5.5G fab from 2013-2014. Additionally, the company may also accelerate its plans for A3, another new AMOLED production line.

Rapid growth of smartphones and tablets, in conjunction with the continued shift towards larger average TV sizes, are driving a recovery of the FPD industry. In fourth-quarter 2012, average operating margins for flat panel display makers turned positive for the first time since third-quarter 2010, and this trend is forecast to continue. Additionally, the outlook for fab utilization, equipment spending and technology upgrades is improving in 2013 and potentially will continue into 2014.

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posted on 05 Jun 2013, 10:14 4

1. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


gonna miss lcd...

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 10:31 13

2. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Back light bleed!Clouding!!!Not me! I Love deep blacks on Amoled

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 10:51 4

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Since black is only one from many colours, I rather choose to have many realistic colours on LCD screen than only one realistic colour on OLED screen.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:04 14

4. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


you can have all colours REAL on the modern AMOLED

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:05 2

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


No, you can't.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:11 6

7. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Yes you can! S4 is close to Iphone5(very good screen)

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:14 11

9. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Colour reproduction on the GSIV is even closer to the ip5 than the HTC One is.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:13 9

8. SleepingOz (unregistered)


http://hi-tech.imgsmail.ru/hitech_img/b3c5e7903e7e686ca27c11926f984191/r/884x-/i/a1/fd/3c6aa5ce17af9e6cc3302d40ba4d.jpg

http://hi-tech.imgsmail.ru/hitech_img/a215cae4165a7f4ccb6a23217236c329/r/884x-/i/80/ff/035328be9286b48e6cee9f26c108.jpg

http://hi-tech.imgsmail.ru/hitech_img/a22b96f187eccf09a9af54ea5e1f5541/r/884x-/i/50/15/c550cece00754ec4a4754e9f9741.jpg

http://hi-tech.imgsmail.ru/hitech_img/f876911c2cb9cf5b75655cf84415042d/r/884x-/i/74/36/b8ac9ba4be55a0f1266fb86e43dd.jpg

http://hi-tech.imgsmail.ru/hitech_img/b676e8b8dabdc8bc733ac7d44a8f9188/r/884x-/i/59/7c/d5f3363c5840f5f10b30be612a3d.jpg

http://hi-tech.imgsmail.ru/hitech_img/24492717858af37119ad4c01d9c801d8/r/884x-/i/32/3d/f147d1b85376025503cac8d67296.jpg

http://hi-tech.imgsmail.ru/hitech_img/fccb5d74f88ffa5f73e1852f32ec876f/r/884x-/i/42/bc/37455408689e3e10abd9821313ec.jpg

http://hi-tech.imgsmail.ru/hitech_img/5c876c7df22d5f53201c81ad997dd17c/r/884x-/i/ca/71/14fe4197333be00f2109b2221364.jpg

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:21 1

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5460; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


How this low level photos proves something?

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:34 9

12. SleepingOz (unregistered)


This proves that the SuperAMOLED panel of the GSIV is on par with the LCD panels used in the ip5 and the HTC One in term of "natural" colour reproduction.

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 00:46

17. Taters (Posts: 2592; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Yes you can. Do I have to post the link to the oled surgery monitor with the most accurate colours ever, again?!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:06 2

6. Topcat488 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I bet Samsung starts charging 20% more now... Like they did to Apple and dim dang on chips.!.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:34

11. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


This headline reads like a warning to Samsung's OLED customers, which now include Nokia and Motorola. Remember the HTC Incredible!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:50

13. aco96 (Posts: 185; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I love amoled display on my X7 :)

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 12:02 1

14. shreehari (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


ntns better than ips lcd of lg

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 15:03

15. Supaheight (Posts: 66; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Amoled should improve but as it is i like more than lcd me it hurts my eys somehow

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 00:45

16. Taters (Posts: 2592; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Hmm I wonder if they will use LCDs if something goes wrong at one factory. That is what they do with the exynos, farm off to Qualcomm. Since the Active has an LCD of the same size, they might just use those for regular S4's in some countries if they can't keep up production.

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