Wearables Device Provides Opportunity for Flexible Displays, According to ABI Research

  Wearables Device Provides Opportunity for Flexible Displays, According to
  ABI Research

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LONDON -- October 3, 2013

Smart watches will provide the biggest opportunity for flexible displays in
the short term. A number of new smart watch vendors have incorporated some
form of flexible display technology to maximize the screen size of the small
device. Market Intelligence firm ABI Research believes most of the digital
smart watches and other fitness and health wearable devices will incorporate a
flexible display over the next eighteen months due to the robust and rugged
characteristics of the displays.

Furthermore, flexible displays or e-ink displays could be used as secondary
displays on smartphones and media tablets. Phablets are predicted to be a key
application for secondary displays—it is anticipated more than 6% of annual
phablet shipments could include the display type in 2015.

“Samsung’s YOUM technology (flexible display) has been highly publicized and
it is clearly understandable why people can see the ‘Wow’ factor in the
technology. Nevertheless, the use of the technology in smartphones and tablets
is still unlikely to become hugely popular in the next twelve months,” says
senior analyst Joshua Flood. “There are a number of questions that need to be
addressed. First and foremost, how useful is a flexible display on a mobile
device like a smartphone?”

Samsung and LG have been pushing their new display technologies and several
prototype devices have been broadcasted over the last twelve months. However,
how flexible displays can really add value or enhance user experiences for key
mobile devices is still unclear. Nevertheless, the concept flexible display
mobile devices should not be abandoned straightway. For example, eReaders have
been a key application for the technology used in flexible displays for some
time. However, the future of the eReader market is uncertain as global
shipments continue to decline and the popularity of media tablets continues at
a breathless pace.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Next Generation Mobile Devices
Research Service

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