Panel makers see orders rebound for high-end smartphone panels Sammi Huang, Taipei; Alex Wolfgram, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 20 August 2013]
Panel makers are starting to see orders for high-end smartphone panels heat up as smartphone vendors are preparing to launch new devices, according to industry sources.
Most of the smartphones are not expected to be released until the fourth quarter of 2013, but handset vendors are worried that due to high demand for the panel technology in the market supply will be in tight demand.
The makers are also trying to prepare backup reserves in anticpation for high-end smartphone panels in the fourth quarter, the sources noted.
A lot of the panel demand is expected to come from vendors in China, with demand for WVGA, HD and Full HD panels expected to continue increasing throughout the third quarter, the sources said.
Meanwhile, market observers said small- to medium-size handsets are expected to see 20-30% on-quarter growth in the fourth quarter.