A rise in touchscreen system sales is leading analysts to predict that billions of smartphones and tablets will be sold in the coming years.
Researchers with supply chain specialist IHS said that the growing demand for tablets and mobile handsets has pushed sales of display units to record levels. The company predicts that by 2016, around 2.8 billion displays will ship annually.
Researchers said that the jump is more than double 2012 levels, in which around 1.3 billion displays where shipped. This year alone, analysts predict that touchscreen display shipments will climb by 34 per cent.
IHS senior manager for display components and materials research Duke Yi said: “Growth in the touchscreen market will be driven by increasing penetration in markets beyond the smartphone and tablet businesses. Demand so far has largely been limited to these two markets. However, touchscreen sales are increasing dramatically across a broad range of products, particularly notebook PCs.”
Climbing display sales should come as welcome news for device vendors looking to continue record sales for smartphones and tablets. Last year, the holiday season saw tablets alone climb to record numbers.
The success has not come without a price, however. The growth in tablet sales has eroded demand for PCs and is set to virtually eliminate the netbook market over the coming years.
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