Shortages of all-screen displays likely to increase smartphone manufacturing costs in 2018


Bezel-less smartphones have already become a trend in the industry. Few major smartphone brands have yet to launch an almost bezel-less handset, but come 2018 those few will probably embrace the new trend as well.

Unless there won't be enough all-screen displays that these smartphones require. In fact, there's currently a shortage of smartphone panels, which is expected to continue into 2018. The main cause is the strong demand for “customized all-screen panels” and not enough manufacturers to fulfill it.

Apparently, the all-screen panel size requirements are different from company to company, as they mostly depend on the design of the smartphone they plan to launch. That being the case, specific size all-screen panels can only be shipped to specific clients, whereas until now the same size displays were shipped to multiple clients.

On top of that, the new 18:9 displays take more time to produce and require 20% more glass substrates than the 16:9 panels. Based on these “issues,” the price of all-screen panels is likely to increase “by a double-digit rate” in Q3 and Q4 2017, and that trend will continue in 2018.

source: Digitimes

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31 Comments

1. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Sammy's mobile panel division is going to be laughing all the way to the bank!

2. Stangtx07

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 18, 2017

Hahahaha

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Everyone flagship is going with OLED displays. That is why Samsung's AMOLED displays and now LG's POLED displays are really ramping up, because IPS LCDs are dying faster than you can say iPhone. Plus OLEDs support full on HDR. Not even the latest iPhone 8's support full on HDR. LCD is dead.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Not even the latest iPhone 8's support full on HDR." https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/22/netflix-adds-hdr-support-on-ios-for-iphone-8-iphone-x-and-2017-ipad-pro/ It helps to actually research shit before saying it... just sayin'.

15. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

http://mashable.com/2017/09/22/netflix-hdr-not-real-iphone-8-plus/#7yT4.0V2YOqY iPhone 8 does not support "real" HDR playback. Its fake support. Sorry to bust your bubble! Quote - "Apple advertises on its website that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus support "Dolby Vision and HDR10 content." From that statement, you'd think that these new iPhones would display HDR in all of its eye-popping glory. But you'd be wrong. To get the full benefit of HDR content, your device needs to have an HDR display. HDR content requires special display tech to properly render it. iPhone 8 does not have a native HDR compliant display. It would be like watching 4K content on a 1080p TV. So what's the big deal? Well, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus don't have HDR displays. The iPhone X is the only iPhone and Apple device with an HDR screen. Apple says it right there on its

16. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

....Apple comparison page -https://www.apple.com/iphone/compare/ The article you poseted stated and I quote "There’s some debate about whether or not you’ll get “true” HDR given the brightness limitations of Apple’s LCD panels, and it’s probably more than you need on a screen that small anyway, but it’s nice to have the option if you’re a regular consumer of streaming media." You should; actually read articles and not the stupid titles. Same thing you all do here. You read the title and start posting. You don't even fact check your own facts.

20. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Jesus Christ... no one CARES. He said they didn't have HDR, and they do. Correction: He said Full HDR, guess he's right then.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I am glad you can finally read kiko007, because I thought you just like post things to show people that you are a fool and a moron. Maybe there is some for you after all. Step away from that Apple koolaid.

26. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Do you monologue internally or something? You write like that's a habit you've acquired.

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I shouldn't be surprised with an iPhone zealot like you kiko007. Especially when you have 7 up votes. It just goes to prove how ignorant Apple zealots really are. All of you cannot see any wrong in Apple at all. All of you drink the same Apple koolaid. But I think there is a better term for people like you and those other zealots, and it fits much better here. The term simpleton is better suited in this case. Also you wrote that no one cares, when you were wrong. Yet you still have to write crap and lies to try and cover up your ignorance.

28. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

So... are you gonna answer my previous question... or what?

30. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Just like how the Apple Watch series 3 supports fake mms and sms.

9. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Oled sucks until they fix burn in issue then oled is trash

11. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Do you know the inotch X has oled screen ??

13. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

I'm having a slight burn-in on my IPS display, so don't moan.

17. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Super AMOLED panels rarely have burn in. And what image you plan to keep on the display with the display on 24/7/365? Stop repeating this because its false and has been for a while now.

3. Guaire

Posts: 885; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

There is not such a thing as all-screen display. New aspect ratio and slim bezels doesn't need more glass, unless they are bigger, a 6" 16:9 display actually need MORE glass than a 6" 18:9 one. And OLED panels like LG V30 and Samsung flagships has doesn't need any glass at all. These are still same LCD and OLED display technologies just with different aspect ratios.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You couldn't be more wrong. LCD uses back lighting, and the panels are thicker than OLED. OLED doesn't have any back lighting because each pixel lights up or is turned off. Plus OLED is much thinner and uses less energy than LCD. LCD is dead. Mark my words.

18. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Samsung displays don't have bezels. The phone design they shove the phone into has bezels.

4. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Medium and small oled panel market share : Samsung : 97% LG display : 1.5% The rest : 1.5%

5. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Samoled is the best display ever existed on a smartphone ...

10. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Then why it burns in

12. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Im enjoying my notchless note 8

19. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

It doesn't. http://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-s8-burn-in-issue-768623/ You need to know your facts and wake up. This isn't 2007 anymore.

21. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

What ''burns in'' ??????? I have sold my Note (1) many ears ago, and the person who bought it still have it , and don't have any problem. BTW ppl that I know with Note 4 don't think of anything else. And they say, their ''upgrade'' will be another new Note 4 . If Samsung make Note 4S version(same design, camera and display) with new SoC, new S-Pen, Samsung Pay and new FPS ....it will be the BEST SELLER.

22. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

many years ago

14. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

They were gonna go up anyways. But I won't be buying a phone next year. I have the Note 8 and a iPhone as backup. In fact I may not upgrade until one of them completely dies a horrible death. These phone prices have reach a plateau where it is considered, unpalatable to buy at such prices for mediocre incremental upgrades.

23. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Cool! The "non cool" displays that work JUST AS WELL, with a slight bezel, that MIGHT help protect them in a slight bump will be AFFORDABLE. Moron consumers. If a manufacturer hires a "fashion designer" to design a rectangular slab of plastic, metal and glass, says bezels are bad, and comes up with something that is stylish, colorful and slim, lDIOT eat it up and it becomes "trendy", and MORE EXPENSIVE. You can have it. Smartphones to me aren't fashionable, stylish and trendy...they are a phone/mp3/camera/browser.

24. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Meh. This just builds a hype. I don't wanna buy a $1200 phone in the future wherein an $800 can do the same just for an advanced display.

29. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

They look stylish but please make them a bit wide for god's sake

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