Apple’s iPads Could Be Challenged By Samsung’s AMOLED Tablets Next Year

Samsung could be working on new high-end tablets with AMOLED displays according to South Korean Web portal Naver. Following some industry rumors, Naver said that Samsung is working on a 8-inch screen tablet and a 10-inch screen tablet. Both will come with AMOLED displays, which are designed to be faster, thinner, and brighter than the LCD counterparts. Rumors also point out that the tablets are going to be part of Samsung’s premium line-up, meaning they won’t come cheap.

“We were the first to commercialize AMOLED back in 2007. This year we successfully produced 440 ppi [pixels per inch] high-resolution AMOLED….we also launched the first curved AMOLED displays,” Kinam Kim, CEO of Samsung Display, said last month during a presentation at the company’s analyst day in Seoul, South Korea.

One of the tablets will reportedly be released early next year, at the same time as Samsung will launch the Galaxy S5. Samsung is aiming to compete with Apple’s iPad and iPad Mini by offering higher-end tablets with two screen sizes. The iPad Air and the new iPad Mini still use LCD screens but are equipped with the Retina Displays to enhance their resolution. Samsung outfitted its new curved Galaxy Round smartphone with an AMOLED display and sees the high-quality display as the future.

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Dell Is King Of The Monitor Market – Overtakes Samsung

The latest figures from IDC suggest that Dell tops the monitor market. The results suggest that Dell managed to ship 5 million monitors with 14.9% of worldwide monitor shipments. Samsung followed behind in second with 12.6% and 4.2 million shipments with HP coming in third place with 4 million displays and 11.9%. LG come in fourth with 3.3 million (9.9%) and Lenovo fifth with 3 million (9.1%). The total number of displays shipped are 33.5 million.

Dell grew by 0.9% based on year-on-year figures while LG also grew year-on-year by a healthy 16.6%. All the other vendors suffered declines. Samsung declined 24.1%, HP 0.2% and Lenovo 9%.

Technology Highlights

  • LED backlight technology adoption continues to increase with 81.6% market share in 2Q13. This represents a year-over-year increase of 21.2 percentage points.
  • Screen size of 21.x-inches wide has held the largest worldwide share for the last three quarters, with 19.1% share in 2Q13.
  • Aspect ratio of 16:9 continues to dominate with about 75% market share, which is more than 4 times the second most widely used aspect ratio of 16:10. Aspect Ratio 21:9 has been growing over the past year, with a 70.5% increase quarter-over-quarter in 2Q13.
  • Monitors with TV tuners are expected to grow to 7.7% market share by 2017, up from 5.7% share in 2013, led by LG and Samsung with a combined market share of 95% in this category.
  • While touchscreen monitors are still a small segment of the total PC monitor market at 0.3% share, Dell leads the segment with 22.5% market share.

Vendor Highlights

  • Dell – Dell rose to the top position in 2Q13 with worldwide market share of 14.9% on shipments of 5.0 million units. The United States and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) regions delivered the biggest gains for Dell with 18.3% and 14.4% quarter-over-quarter growth, respectively.
  • Samsung – Although Samsung now ranks number two in terms of unit shipments, it remains the number one vendor in worldwide revenue with more than $1.1 billion in 2Q13, which represents 18.5% share in total market value.
  •  HP – Despite being ranked number three worldwide, HP was the number one vendor in Western Europe and Canada.
  • LG – LG had the biggest growth among the Top 5 vendors with a 16.6% year-over-year increase in unit shipments. LG continues to be the number one PC monitor vendor in Latin America with 27.8% share, and this past quarter it captured the top position in Central and Eastern Europe with 18.4% share.
  • Lenovo – Lenovo rejoined the Top 5 vendor ranking in 2Q13 after slipping to number six in the previous quarter with a 10.0% increase in unit shipments quarter-over-quarter. It also continues to rank number one in the APeJ region with 16.6% market share and is the leading vendor in China.

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Samsung Slashes Prices On 55 And 65 Inch UHD TVs

Twice.com reports that Samsung have been busy cutting prices of their Ultra High Definition (UHD) TVs. In fact Samsung have slashed quite a significant amount off the 55 inch F9000 UHD TV and the 65 inch F9000 UHD TV. Previously the 55 inch model retailed for $5499.99 and the 65 inch model for $7499.99. Now they retail for $4497.99 and $5997.99 respectively, meaning price cuts of $1000 US and $1500 US for the 55 inch and 65 inch models.

Samsung’s move to slash prices of their 4K ready UHD TVs comes in response to Sony making a similar move recently. Sony chopped $1000 off its 55 inch XBR-65X900A and $1500 off its 65 inch XBR-65X900A giving final prices of $3998 and $5498 respectively – making Sony’s equivalents $500 cheaper than both the Samsung models. Apparently Sony are also planning to introduce two lower cost equivalents of those same models that do not have the elaborate internal sound systems. This allows Sony to reduce the price by a further $500 for each model down to $3498 for the 55 inch and $4998 for the 65 inch model. These cuts should be felt across all regions and types of retailers as these are unilateral prices set by Sony.

Expect more competition between Sony and Samsung in the near future. Also expect LG to join in as they plan to introduce a more “budget” series of UHD TVs in the near future.

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IDC Says PC Monitor Market Growth Is Falling But Screen Size Is Increasing

The decline of the PC has been well documented for many years now. Tablets and smartphones are slowly eating into the PC market’s previous dominance of computing. As a result of this certain markets are slowing down that are associated with PCs and PC monitors is one of those. According to the latest report by IDC (International Data Corporation) the estimates for PC monitors shipped in Q1 of 2013 had to be reduced fro 34.7  million to 33.8 million due to reduced demand. They also said that for 2013 as a whole the total number of shipments will drop from 140.1 million to 134.4 million which is a 9.9% year on year decline from 2012. Furthermore by 2017 worldwide shipments may fall as low as 113.6 million per year.

“The continued decline in PC desktops is bringing about changes in strategy and product focus in the PC monitor market,” said Jennifer Song, Research Analyst at IDC. “With Windows 8 operating system, we expect to see more touch-based monitors although price points are a little high. Average screen size of the market is also expected to increase to 21.4″ in 2017 from 20.4″ in 2012.”

Negatives aside there are some other interesting trends happening in the PC Monitor market. Firstly LED technology is on the rise with a 15.7% year on year increase in uptake. The aspect ration 16:9 continues to dominate most displays with 75% market share while 16:10 comes in second place. TV Tuners embedded in monitors are expected to grow from nearly 5.7% to 7.6% of the market by 2017.

Furher more Samsung, Dell, HP and LG all saw declines in their monitor business with AOC being the only vendor to see positive year on year growth.

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Samsung Display HQ Gets Raided By Police For Alleged Stolen LG Tech

Samsung Display and LG Display have both been at each others throats over the past year or so with allegations of stolen technology and other questionable tactics. Their problems certainly haven’t been resolved or tackled in a dignified manner and that continues with the news that Samsung Display Company’s HQ was raided by the South Korean Police in Asan, Seoul.

The dispute is over the OLED technology which LG claim Samsung stole and it did show signs of being resolved soon but this latest development has surely put a halt to that. Samsung Display denied any involvement in anything and everything, in true corporate fashion, while LG claimed that the allegations with which the police raided the Samsung Display HQ on, weren’t made by them. In fact LG claims the police made up their own allegations and raided Samsung Display HQ all on their own terms.

LG is currently pressing for Samsung to license its OLED technology, which Samsung is refusing to do so saying that the OLED technology it has is its own. Neither company have sent any OLED TVs or displays to market in North America or Europe and we don’t think that will happen anytime soon either as the companies continue to battle it out in style.

What are your thoughts on the squabbling between Samsung and LG? Is there a lawsuit on the cards soon? Do you think they are holding back the display market with their fighting?

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