Global tablet display shipments poised to jump by 56% in 2012

Global tablet display shipments poised to jump by 56% in 2012

Summary: LG and Samsung are in line to be the main benefactors as the global tablet display market grows this year.


The global tablet display market is picking up considerably in 2012, not only thanks to the iPad but also because of the Galaxy Tab series and Kindle Fire, among others, according to market intelligence firm IHS iSuppli.

Tablet display shipments are projected to rise worldwide by 56 percent in 2012 to 126.6 million units -- up from 82.1 million units in 2011.

While those figures don't differentiate between display sizes, the smaller, media tablets are turning out to be the main contributors to the increase, as explained by Vinita Jakhanwal, director for Small & Medium Displays at IHS, in the report:

Media tablets increasingly are becoming the biggest growth driver in the market for the small and medium display market. While the 9-inch segment dominated by the iPad will account for the majority of tablet display shipments this year, the fastest-growing portion of the market will the 7.x-inch screens used in products like the Galaxy Tab from Samsung Electronics, the Kindle Fire from Amazon, the Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble, and other tablet products using the Google Android operating system.

But for this year at least, the 9.x-inch tablet display range is still dominant as this will cover 59 percent of all shipments. The 7.x tablet display range will still make a good showing in second place at 32 percent with 41.1 million units, which is nearly double from 20.8 million units last year.

The real benefactors here are LG and Samsung, both of which supply LCD panel technology for Apple's iPad. But IHS pointed out that LG also stands out as it supplies displays for Amazon and Barnes & Noble, while Samsung keeps things in-house for its own tablet brand.

However, IHS analysts warned that these two leaders should be wary of other suppliers starting to reap the rewards of the growing tablet market, namely manufacturers such as Sharp and Panasonic in Japan as well as AU Optronics and ChiMei Innolux in Taiwan.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Tech Industry

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  • Kudos to Samsung

    While some companies (Apple) merely tell Samsung: "we need a display with this many pixels in it" Samsung is actually the innovative company that has to figure out how to make that display. Kudos to Samsung. Without companies like you, other companies (Apple) would be bankrupt.
  • So, No Room For Windows 8/RT, Then?

    Microsoft: too little, too late, as usual.
    • Not at all. Read what they said

      "7.x-inch screens used in products like the Galaxy Tab..."

      Right now they're the only 7" screen tablets, so what else was he to mention?.
      It Doesn't mean someone, MS included, doesn't have one ready to go.

      Apples doesn't have a 7" model, does that mean they're too late?
      William Farrel
      • Re: So, No Room For Windows 8/RT, Then?

        You will note that the analyst specifically said that 7-inchers are the fastest-growing part of the market, not that that was the only part of the tablet market he was talking about.

        And just to be clear, neither Microsoft nor Apple have any products in this segment, nor are they showing signs of coming up with such products.

        So yes, it does look like both Microsoft and Apple are missing the boat.