Industry sources told DigiTimes that the gaming LCD display panel market is about to see more competition. The site heard that LG Display, Innolux, and BOE Technology are rolling out new panels for this higher-margin market.
At the moment, the top supplier is AU Optronics (AUO), this firm shipped 1.8 million panels in 2017, to clients like ASUS, Acer, BenQ, ViewSonic, AOC, and Philips. Samsung Display ranks second with one million panels in 2017, with its panels ending up in Samsung, AOC, Philips, and Chongqing HKC Optoelectronics displays.
But there will be new competitors in 2018, with BOE ready to roll out 31.5-inch gaming monitor panels and Innolux planning to begin volume production of gaming panels in 23.8-, 27- and 31.5-inch sizes in the second half of 2018, the sources indicated.
On the other hand, LG Display has begun volume production of 34-inch 21:9 gaming panels with plans to also roll out 27-inch models in the third quarter of 2018.
The display industry expects sales of gaming display panels could hit 5.5 million units this year, a huge increase versus the 3.7 million units sold in 2017.