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As demand grows for active matrix organic light-emitting diode displays within smartphones, with broadcast-quality mobile video a very strong use case, flexible AMOLED panel uptake is growing strongly and will likely form the majority of all the technology’s shipments by 2020.

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AMOLED technology has in-built advantages for mobile video such as relatively lower power usage, wider and richer colour gamut and quicker response times compared with LCD. According to research from analyst IHS Markit, hipments of flexible AMOLED panels are expected to reach 157.6 million units in 2018, more than triple compared to 46.5 million units in 2015, with a compound annual growth rate of 50%.

Furthermore, flexible AMOLED panels shipments are expected to reach 335.7 million units by 2020, outgunning the 315.9 million from rigid panels. By this time flexible AMOLED panels are predicted to make up 52.% of total AMOLED panel shipments, up from 38.9% in 2018.

Apple gave AMOLED technology a huge boost by applying flexible panels in 2017 to its iPhone X. It is expected to launch its second phone with a flexible AMOLED panel, slightly larger than the first one, later this year. Demand for the new iPhone is expected to contribute to boost the shipments of flexible AMOLED panels.

“Growth in demand for smartphones with flexible AMOLED panels has accelerated since 2016 as demand increased for curved form or full screen displays,” remarked Jerry Kang, senior principal analyst of display research at IHS Markit.

“Major smartphone brands have been promoting flexible AMOLED screens for their premium products, which allow a differentiated form factor from ones with rigid AMOLED and low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. Another factor is that high-end smartphone brands are now planning to launch foldable applications using flexible AMOLED panels, which is not possible using rigid AMOLED or LTPS LCD panels. Foldable AMOLED panels will be key in changing the demand situation from mobile devices in the foreseeable future.”