Largely driven by demand from upscale Samsung smartphones, particularly the Galaxy S4, global shipments of high-end active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (Amoled) display panels posted impressive sequential growth of 16 percent in the second quarter, according to a research by IHS. Global Amoled display shipments during the period from April through June amounted to 53.1 million units, up from 45.6 million in the first quarter. Shipments were up by an even more impressive 41 percent from 37.6 million in the second quarter of 2012.
Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone in the second quarter was the biggest single user of Amoleds, with shipments of the 4.99-inch 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 4.8-inch 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 5.5-inch Amoled panel in the Note 2, a smartphone-cum-tablet that Samsung dubs a "phablet.' Among the various Amoled panel sizes, the overwhelming majority, at 45.2 million units, or 85 percent, was in the 4.x-inch category in the second quarter. The second-largest portion of the market, at approximately 5.0 million units, or 9 percent, was the 5.x-inch segment. The last sector of consequence was the 3.x inch with 2.8 million units, or 5.3 percent.
The remaining 1 percent represented panels in the 2.x- and 7.x-inch sizes as well as bigger panels used in televisions. These included panels in the 50-inch range, such as those used in Samsung's new 55-inch OLED TV, launched in June to compete with a similar OLED model introduced by Samsung archrival
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