Global shipments of 8K TVs are expected to surge to two million units in 2020 from 430,000 units shipped a year earlier, driven by improving cost structure and 5G environments, as well as TV brands’ campaign efforts, according to industry observers.
Currently there are 8K QLED TVs available from Samsung Electronics and TCL, 8K LCD models from Sharp, 8K OLED TVs from LG Electronics, as well as 8K LED ones from Sony.
At the same time, flat panel makers are ramping up their output of 8K TV panels to cash in on the emerging trend, said the observers, expecting global 8K TV panel shipments to reach 9.5 million units in 2022 and account for a 3.6% penetration rate.
Taiwan’s top-two panel makers AU Optronics (AUO) and Innolux both have long stepped into the 8K TV panel segment, expecting to see their shipments expand robustly in 2020, said the observers.
Having started shipping 75- and 85-inch 8K TV panels in 2019, AUO has said it plans to enrich its portfolios by adding 65-inch models into its 8K lineup in 2020.
Innolux is shipping mainly 65- and 85-inch 8K TV panels currently and boasts the capability to ramp up the size to 120-inch. The company is also expected to see its shipments of 8K LCMs and entire 8K TV sets experience explosive growth in 2020-2021, estimated the observers.