OLEDs Enable ‘Next Evolution’ in Display Technology

By Tom Allen

Plastic and flexible screens are the next evolution of display technology, says IDTechEx, and will be made possible through OLEDs.

In a new report (paid), IDTechEx asserts that the first smartphone with a flexible display will be shipped in 2017. The market for plastic and flexible AMOLED displays, in this scenario, will be worth $16 billion by 2020.

Accompanying the rise of plastic and flexible screens will be a shift away from glass substrates, towards plastic units such as polyimide. Glass-based displays will remain important in specific applications, where scale-up and cost reduction are still challenges – such as TVs. IDTechEx expects many vendors to ‘hedge their bets’ with quantum dot LCD TVs, as a cheaper alternative to OLED models. Despite this, OLED TV panels are forecast to have a 25% CAGR over the next decade.

The full report can be found at