Mobile Display Revenue to Surpass Television Displays This Year

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Many households these days are full of electronics. We have laptops, monitors, televisions, tablets, handheld gaming devices, and smartphones, and each one is equipped with a screen. It looks like 2014 will be the first year, according to a report from NPD DisplaySearch, that display manufacturers will make more money from mobile displays than from television screens. The mobile display category encompasses mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers.

According to NPD DisplaySearch’s predictions, mobile displays are expected to rake in 42 percent of the revenue of the flat panel display market this year. Televisions, by comparison, are expected to account for only 37 percent. This will be the first time in eight years that televisions have landed on the list in a position other than first place.

AppleInsider quoted NPD DisplaySearch executive David Hsieh as saying, “With strong growth in tablet PCs, high-end notebooks, and smartphones — especially high resolution and wide-viewing angle displays — mobile devices are leading the growth of the FPD industry. Mobile devices are expected to expand their revenue lead over LCD TV in the years to come, accounting for nearly half of all FPD revenue by 2016.”

On that note, AppleInsider reports that “Sales of television panels are expected to drop by $4 billion year-over-year while mobile panels will likely increase by a comparable amount.” Part of the reason mobile displays are raking in so much money is that their pixel-dense displays cost more to make than the less-pixel-dense displays on older devices.

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