TrendForce - Market report, price trend and B2B platform of DRAM, NAND Flash, LEDs, TFT-LCD and green energy, PVhttp://www.trendforce.comenBreakthrough in Foldable Phone Penetration Rate Begins in 2021; Flexible AMOLED Panels are Key, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3218.htmlAs smartphone markets become saturated, suppliers look to foldable phones as a potential demand-stimulating design. Samsung and Huawei etc. have put several concept phones on display in MWC 2019. WitsView, a division of TrendForce, holds that foldable phones are still in the stages of market-response observation and product-design adjustment, and predicts for them a meager smartphone market penetration rate of 0.1% in 2019. Foldable phones penetration rates will have to wait until more panel providers join the game and panel costs see significant improvements for a chance to rise above 1% in 2021, and accelerate past 3.4% in 2022.Consumer ElectronicsThu, 07 Mar 2019 06:04:00 +00003218 at http://www.trendforce.comSmall and Mid-Size TV Panel Prices to Bounce Back Up in March, Large-Size Prices to Continue Descent, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3215.htmlAccording to the latest investigation by WitsView, the optoelectronics division of TrendForce, prices have recently dropped below cash costs for some TV panel sizes; for example, 32-inch TV panel quotes have dropped below US$40. As prices are expected to near rock bottom and drop no further, demand of TV brands shall see a gradual return, causing small and medium-sized TV prices to rebound in March.Consumer ElectronicsTue, 26 Feb 2019 01:36:00 +00003215 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Says Rising Demand Will Help the LTPS Market Reach a Healthy Equilibrium in 2019https://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3210.htmlThe latest analysis of the panel market by WitsView, a division of TrendForce, finds that low prices and technological maturation have substantially widened the adoption of LTPS panels among smartphone makers. The share of devices featuring LTPS panels in the global smartphone market is projected to grow from 37.6% in 2018 to 41.6% in 2019. However, panel suppliers have ended large-scale expansions of their production capacity for LTPS panels since they are gradually shifting their technological focus for smartphone displays to AMOLED. On the whole, 2019 is expected to be a year during which the market for LTPS panels will be at its healthiest state in terms of supply and demand.DisplayThu, 14 Feb 2019 05:27:00 +00003210 at http://www.trendforce.comTV Brands Seek Differentiation of Specs amid Fierce Competition for Large-Size TVs, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3209.htmlAccording to the latest report of WitsView, a division of TrendForce, global shipments of branded TV sets for 2018 totaled 219 million units, an increase of 4.1% compared with prior year, indicating a recovery from weak TV demand in 2017. Looking ahead to 2019, global branded TV shipments are expected to reach 223 million units, an increase of 1.6%DisplayWed, 30 Jan 2019 03:13:00 +00003209 at http://www.trendforce.comStock-up Demand May Arrive Earlier Than Expected, TV Panel Price Decline May Stop in 2Q19, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3203.htmlLCD panel makers have continued to bring new production capacities to the market, and the increasing pressure from oversupply has resulted in a sharp decline in panel prices, according to the latest report by WitsView, a division of TrendForce. Therefore, Samsung Display has strategically decided to allocate more capacity to QD-OLED TV production in advance. As the result, the stock-up demand for TV panels may arrive earlier than expected in 2Q19.DisplayThu, 17 Jan 2019 06:02:00 +00003203 at http://www.trendforce.comAndroid Brands to Advocate 5G Smartphones; Penetration Rate of 5G Smartphones to Reach Around 0.4% in 2019, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3198.htmlDevelopment of 5G products and network has been ongoing in the past years. And the commercialization of 5G is expected to roll out in 2019, with 5G telecom services to be planned in the United States, South Korea, Japan, and China, etc. The arrival of 5G smartphones will also be in the spotlight this year. According to TrendForce’s latest report, Android smartphone brands, such as Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and One Plus, all have a chance to launch 5G smartphones in 2019. However, the production volume of 5G models would only be 5 million units this year, a penetration rate of 0.4%, since the construction of 5G related infrastructure has not been fully completed.Consumer ElectronicsTue, 08 Jan 2019 06:07:00 +00003198 at http://www.trendforce.comTotal Consumption of Driver IC Grew by 8.4% YoY in 2018, but Growth Would Slow Down to 3% in 2019, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3197.htmlAccording to the latest report by WitsView, a division of TrendForce, increasing penetration of UHD display panels has driven the consumption of driver IC in the past few years. The total consumption grew by 8.4% YoY in 2018, but the growth would slow down to 3% this year due to technology variation in designs of large-size panels and falling shipments of small-size panels.SemiconductorsMon, 07 Jan 2019 06:03:00 +00003197 at http://www.trendforce.comShipments of Large-Size Panels to Grow by 1% YoY in 2019 Driven by Specs Improvements, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3196.htmlAccording to the latest report by WitsView, a division of TrendForce, shipments of large-size panels reached 804.06 million pieces in 2018, a YoY growth of 2.5%. Among all the large-size display panel applications, only tablet panel recorded decreasing shipments last year, while other categories registered noticeable growth. The segment of TV panel was driven by new production capacity in the industry and special deal projects, while the LCD monitor segment grew due to the increased production volume of borderless monitors and momentum from global sports events. As for notebook panels, notebook manufacturers started their stock-ups earlier than previous years, in fear of the shortage of components like driver ICs. As a result, the notebook panel shipments for 2018 increased as well.DisplayThu, 03 Jan 2019 06:30:00 +00003196 at http://www.trendforce.comFoldable Smartphones to Be Launched in 2019 with Penetration Rate of 0.1%, Says TrendForcehttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3190.htmlAccording to The Future of Smartphone Era Webinar by WitsView, a division of TrendForce, the global smartphone market has been approaching saturation, with less room for product differentiation. Thus, smartphone makers have shifted their focus to next-generation foldable models. WitsView expects the first foldable smartphone to be launched in 2019, accounting for only 0.1% in the global smartphone market. The penetration rate is estimated to reach 1.5% in 2021.SemiconductorsThu, 13 Dec 2018 05:59:00 +00003190 at http://www.trendforce.comTrendForce Expects Risks of Oversupply to Continue in Global LED Industry for 2019; Niche Applications Would Provide New Growth Momentumhttps://press.trendforce.com/node/view/3189.htmlLED companies have been keeping low stocking due to the sluggish demand in the end markets in 2018 and impacts of the China-US trade war, according to LEDinside, a division of TrendForce. Looking ahead to 2019, the overall industry still has risks of oversupply, but demands for niche applications, including fine-pitch LED digital display, Mini LED backlight, UV-C LED, automotive lighting and high-efficiency lighting LED, have a positive outlook and may drive the market growth in the future.Automotive ElectronicsWed, 12 Dec 2018 07:10:00 +00003189 at http://www.trendforce.com