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Flexible Displays for Mobile Devices

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Flexible display technologies have been talked about in the technology industry for the past four decades. Many electronics vendors have explored flexible TVs, and eventually mobile OEMs begun to discuss the promise of bendable phones. However, a commercial handset has yet to materialize. A number of mobile OEMs have trialed the bendable display technology but a strong business case has not become clear for the majority of vendors. This year, two serious contenders will begin to incorporate the new malleable displays into their products: Samsung and LG. This will undoubtedly lead to more mobile OEMs using flexible display technologies.

The study analyzes the leading flexible display technologies and what each vendor is doing and how they differentiate their display offerings. The study will provide forecasts for flexible displays for smartphones, media tablets, e-readers, smart watches, and other devices. Additionally, an update on key mobile OEMs activities will also be examined in detail along with a summary of the development and incorporation of the technology in handsets.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  • 1. FLEXIBLE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGIES
    • 1.1. Introduction
    • 1.2. Plastic TFT Flexible Displays
      • 1.2.1. Structure of Flexible Displays
      • 1.2.2. OLED Flexible Displays
    • 1.3. Examples of Applications for Flexible Displays
  • 2. FLEXIBLE DISPLAYS BY MOBILE DEVICE TYPE
    • 2.1. Potential Mobile Device Applications
    • 2.2. Penetration Levels and Total Market for Flexible Displays in Mobile Devices
      • 2.2.1. Mobile Device Commentary
    • 2.3. Flexible Displays by Key Region
  • 3. KEY VENDORS DRIVING THE BEND IN FLEXIBLE MOBILE DEVICES
    • 3.1. Vendors
    • 3.2. Flexible Display Vendors
      • 3.2.1. AU Optronics: Panel Display Vendor
      • 3.2.2. Corning Display Technologies: Glass Substrate Vendor
      • 3.2.3. E Ink: Polymer Film Vendor
      • 3.2.4. LG: Panel Manufacturer and Mobile OEM
      • 3.2.5. Plastic Logic: Plastic Substrate Vendor
      • 3.2.6. Samsung: Panel Manufacturer and Mobile OEM
      • 3.2.7. Mobile OEMs
    • 3.3. Conclusions and Recommendations
      • 3.3.1. Summary
      • 3.3.2. Conclusions and Recommendations

Tables

  1. Total Potential Market for Flexible Displays in Mobile Devices, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018
  2. Penetration of Flexible Displays in Mobile Devices, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018
  3. Total Number of Flexible Displays by Mobile Device Type, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018
  4. Flexible Display ASPs by Mobile Device Type, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018
  5. Flexible Display Revenues by Mobile Device Type, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018
  6. Mobile Device Flexible Display Shipments by Key Region, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018
  7. Mobile Device Flexible Display ASPs by Key Region, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018
  8. Mobile Device Flexible Display Revenues by Key Region, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018

Charts

  1. Penetration of Flexible Displays in Mobile Devices, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018
  2. Total Number of Flexible Displays by Mobile Device Type, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018
  3. Total Number of Flexible Displays by Mobile Device Type, 2015
  4. Mobile Device Flexible Display Shipments by Key Region, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018
  5. Flexible Display ASPs by Mobile Device Type, World Market, Forecast: 2013 to 2018

Figures

  1. Structure of Flexible Displays
  2. Applications for Flexible Displays
  3. Double-sided Display Smartphone
  4. Samsung Galaxy Q