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Global high-def cellphone panel shipments up in Q1

TAIPEI--Shipments of high-definition cellphone panels for the first quarter this year bucked the downturn of all cellphone display shipments to report an almost 30 percent sequential increase, according to market information advisory firm DisplaySearch.

In a research report, DisplaySearch said although the global smartphone market was affected by slow season effects seen in the January-March period, demand for HD and full HD cellphone screens were still on the rise.

The report said about 67 million HD cellphone displays were shipped worldwide during the first quarter, up 27 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013.

That countered shipments of all cellphone panels for the same period, which fell 3 percent from a quarter earlier to 441 million units.

Demand for full HD cellphone screens even grew more significantly, DisplaySearch said, adding that global full HD cellphone display shipments for the first quarter totaled 57 million units, up 32 percent from the fourth quarter.

The advisory firm said China remained a major buyer of cellphone screens in the world and its demand made a significant contribution to the world's flat panel business.

In the past quarter, major Chinese smartphone brands, such as Xiaomi, Huawei and Oppo, have been adopting HD and even full HD screens for their phone production, at a time when China is gearing up to develop its 4G services.

During the first quarter, Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea retained the title as the largest cellphone screen supplier in the world with 48 million units shipped, ahead of China's BOE Technology Group Co. with 44.1 million units shipped and Japan's Sharp Corp. with 42 million shipped, DisplaySearch said.

Due to the rising popularity in HD and full HD smartphone screens, demand for advanced production technologies such as oxide and low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) screens was also on the rise, DisplaySearch said.

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