Shipments of Smartphones with 4K Displays to Reach 23 Million Units in 2015

UHD Incoming to Every Device Near You

by Anton Shilov
02/05/2014 | 11:57 PM

The ultra-high-definition (UHD) video is not coming only to living rooms and cabinets, it is coming to every device possible, catalyzing new levels of performance across the continuum of computing devices. NPD DisplaySearch predicts that as many as 23 million of smartphones with screens featuring 3840*2160 resolution will be shipped next year.


“Market growth for smartphones with high-definition screens is being fueled by increasingly affordable application processors, which along with increased production of high resolution smartphone displays are enabling brands to provide greater resolution and lower power consumption at lower prices,” said Tina Teng, senior analyst for smartphones at NPD DisplaySearch.

Global smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.2 billion in 2014. With a three-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13%, shipments will rise to 1.7 billion by 2017. Although entry-level smartphones priced below $200 will account for 35% of total smartphone shipments in 2014, the average display resolution will continue to increase globally.

Global shipments of smartphones with high-definition (HD) and full-high-definition (FHD) screens are forecast to reach 570 million in 2014. Displays with 2560*1440 or 2560*1600 (also known as wide-quad-HD or 2K) shipments are also expected to reach significant levels. NPD DisplaySearch forecasts 41 million will ship in 2014.

According to NPD DisplaySearch, 4K displays will account for more than 5% of smartphone shipments in North America and Japan in 2015, and just under 5% in Western Europe.

AUO, JDI, Samsung, and other display-panel manufacturers already have 2K displays in production, and applications processor and GPU (graphic processor unit) vendors have products ready to support and handle display resolutions beyond 1080p.

All told, smartphones with HD and higher display resolutions will comprise over half of global shipments in 2014, up from 29% in 2013.