Better and better bigger picture for second screens

Editor | 21-07-2013

Those increasingly investing in tablets as second screens will find that their products are offering better displays according to new research by IHS.

In its Display Materials & Systems Service, the analyst noted that the media tablets are for the for the first time seeing high-resolution liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels featuring resolutions of 300 pixels per inch (ppi).
At the recent Society for Information Display (SID) conference in May 2013, LG Display showed a 7-inch high-definition tablet panel of more than 300 ppi, while rival Samsung Electronics unveiled a 10.1-inch 300-ppi tablet panel. Prior to the advent of 300 ppi, the highest resolution for tablets was in the 251- to 300-ppi range as shown by Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad 4 and the 9.0-inch Barnes & Noble nook HD+.
IHS expects the new 300-ppi class will join existing 200-ppi categories to form a freshly expanded line of high-resolution displays. And while shipments of such panels will keep growing and increasingly rule the tablet space, lower-resolution panels of 100-150 and 151-200 ppi will see their markets decline or remain flat over the years.
The analyst predicts that shipments of the top-end products to rise from virtually zero in 2012 to at least 12.6 million LCD tablet panels with 300-ppi-or-higher resolutions by the end of 2013. It forecasts shipments to then more than double in 2014 year and to climb to 55.0 million units by 2017.
“Tablet makers want to differentiate their products, increase their market presence, boost demand and improve their profitability by offering high-performance displays,” said Sweta Dash, senior director for display research at IHS.
“Display suppliers are supporting this trend with increased production of higher-pixel-density LCD panels that employ the latest technologies to pack more pixels into every inch of screen space. This will create a whole new class of displays with 300 ppi and higher resolution that will represent the new high end for the tablet business.”