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Report: OLED market expected to grow by 14%, meaning more OLED phones

Helped by the upcoming trend of flexible displays, we could see more and more OLED smartphones this year.

Published onFebruary 14, 2019

According to a market analysis performed by UBI Research (via Display Daily), the overall OLED market is expected to grow by around 13.8 percent this year, to reach $32.2 billion in annual revenue.

This expected growth is going to largely be driven by the slow rollout of flexible OLED panels in smartphones, TVs, and other products. We anticipate learning more about the foldable smartphone from Samsung next week, which is expected to usher in a new smartphone trend.

With more and more OLED panels getting made and sold, we can also expect two things to happen: the cost of OLED panels will go down and more smartphones will use those cheaper OLED panels.

Report: All iPhones will ditch LCDs for OLEDs by 2020
The Apple iPhone XR as depicted on stage during the Apple Event 2018.

With most smartphones, there are mainly two choices for display technology: LCD and OLED. LCD panels are cheaper and more power-efficient but don’t produce the same crisp blacks and high-contrast images as OLED panels can deliver. Since OLED displays cost more, they tend to get used only in higher-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series, the Google Pixel 3, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, etc.

With OLED revenue increasing we can expect some smartphone lines that currently stray away from the technology to possibly adopt it this year or the next. This could include phones like the next iteration of the POCOphone, the Razer Phone 3, and future Nokia-branded smartphones.

Rumor has it that this year’s upcoming sequel to the iPhone XR will be the last iPhone with LCD technology. All iPhones after that will feature OLED panels.

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