4K displays come to handhelds

Dell TabletA report from IHS said that 4K displays, formerly a feature of high end LCD TVs, is about to hit the mainstream.

IHS said the value of the market hit $9.2 billion in 2014 but that’s rapidly going to change in 2015, with 4K revenues amounting to $18 billion – a 94 percent increase.

And by 2020, because of better yields and lower costs, the 4K market will be worth $52 billion by 2020.

IHS expects to see 4K displays appearing on all sorts of devices including desktop monitors, notebook PCs, OLED TVs, digital signs, smartphones and tablet PCs.

Manufacturers of the LCD panels intend to ship 40 million this year – that’s close to 17 percent of all LCD panel shipments.

Panel manufacturers including Sharp and JDI have announced smartphone panels and 4K displays for tablets.