4K×2K UHD Smartphone Shipments Forecast to Reach 23 Million Units in 2015

Half of all smartphones this year will have high definition or higher resolution displays

In 2015, the first year that 4K×2K, or ultra-high-definition (UHD), smartphones will become available to consumers, global shipments are forecast to reach 23 million. According to the latest research, 4K×2K displays will account for more than 5% of smartphone shipments in North America and Japan in 2015, and just under 5% in Western Europe.

Global UHD smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.2 billion in 2014. With a three-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13%, shipments will rise to 1.7 billion by 2017. Although entry-level smartphones priced below $200 will account for 35% of total smartphone shipments in 2014, the average display resolution will continue to increase globally.

Global shipments of smartphones with high-definition (HD) and full-high-definition (FHD) screens are forecast to reach 570 million in 2014. 2K displays (also known as wide-quad-HD) shipments are also expected to reach significant levels. AUO, JDI, Samsung, and other display-panel manufacturers already have 2K displays in production, and applications processor and GPU (graphic processor unit) vendors have products ready to support and handle display resolutions beyond 1080p.

All told, smartphones with HD and higher display resolutions will comprise over half of global shipments in 2014, up from 29% in 2013.

This report analyzes the smartphone market by region, brand, air interface, technology, and mobile operation system on a quarterly and annual basis. It also provides analyses of the market and technology trends of the smartphone’s key components, touch panels, cover glass, and applications processors (AP).

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