Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) screens are expected to become mainstream panels for the global smartphone industry in four years, outperforming thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal (TFT-LCD) displays, Yonhap news agency reports, citing data compiled by industry tracker TrendForce. AMOLED panels accounted for 23.8 percent of the global market for smartphone displays in 2016, below the 76.2 percent registered by TFT-LCD.
The report also estimates that AMOLED panels are expected to reach 28 percent of the smartphone market this year and gradually increase to 49.4 percent in 2020. Industry sources claim AMOLED panels could outperform TFT-LCD in terms of sales value as early as 2018 since they usually come with higher prices.
Report authors also claim that Apple's plan to adopt OLED panels for the upcoming iPhone is also expected to boost growth. "Apple's move has been closely watched by its competitors", according to report authors. "The reveal of the next iPhone's specifications has accelerated the deployment of AMOLED displays for other smartphone brands. Panel makers, especially those from China, are hastily building up their AMOLED manufacturing capacities", they also said.