According to a recent survey by IHS iSuppli, booming tablet shipments—including the iPad with its 9-inch screen, as well as smaller 7.x-inch models from various brands—will drive a robust 56 percent annual increase in shipments for the tablet display market in 2012. Shipments of tablet displays in the year 2012, are projected to reach 126.6 million units, up from 82.1 million units in 2011.
Vinita Jakhanwal, director for Small & Medium Displays at IHS said, “Media tablets increasingly are becoming the biggest growth driver in the market for the small and medium display market. While the 9-inch segment dominated by the iPad will account for the majority of tablet display shipments this year, the fastest-growing portion of the market will the 7.x-inch screens used in products like the Galaxy Tab from Samsung Electronics, the Kindle Fire from Amazon, the Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble, and other tablet products using the Google Android operating system.”
According to the survey, approximately 74.3 million units, or 59 percent of all tablet display panel shipments, will come from the 9.x-inch segment, of which the iPad is the uncontested leader. Growth in the 9.x-inch tablet panel sector this year is forecast to rise 35 percent from 55.2 million units in 2011.
In 2012, the second-largest size segment for tablet displays will be the 7.x-inch. Shipments of the 7.x-inch tablet display in 2012 will amount to 41.1 million units, nearly double from 20.8 million units last year.This means the 7.x-inch category will control 32 percent of the tablet display space in 2012, compared to 26 percent in 2011.
The 9.x-inch sector this year is giving up some market share. And while it will continue to lead the tablet panel space this year, the 7.x-inch category will be helped by the launch of lower-priced tablets in that size segment, along with what is widely believed will be a product offering from Apple later this year for a smaller iPad. The rest of the tablet display market in 2012 will be divided between the 8.x-inch size, with approximately 9 percent share; and the 5.x-inch, with less than 1 percent share.
Shipments for tablet displays declined by 20 percent sequentially in the first quarter due to seasonal trends. Total tablet panel shipments in the second quarter reached 27 million units, up nearly 30 percent from 21 million units in the first quarter.
The survey revealed that, among the manufacturers of the LCD displays used in tablets, South Korea’s LG and Samsung dominate the market with 42 percent and 38 percent shipment market share. Both are Apple suppliers. Other LCD panel suppliers in the fast-growing tablet market include Japanese suppliers such as Sharp, Japan Display and Panasonic.