5/24/2010 10:05:00 AM
Smartphone shipments to grow 50% this year, says Samsung Display chief
Global shipments of smartphones could grow 50% this year a Samsung Mobile Display executive said ahead of the launch of the manufacturer’s Wave handset next week (1 June).
Lee Woo-jong, vice president of marketing at Samsung Mobile Display, forecast shipments of overall mobile devices such as handsets and digital media players to grow to around 2.1 billion and 2.2 billion units this year from 1.9 billion last year.
Of these, he said smartphone shipments would grow nearly 50% to 260 million units this year from 175 million last year.
‘Strong growth of smartphones will drive robust expansion in the AM-OLED market, which we expect to grow by 30 times to 600 million units by 2015 when shipments of mobile devices are expected to grow to 2.6 billion units,’ He said.
Samsung's Wave handset is due to launch on Vodafone on 1 June. The operator is currently taking pre-orders on its website.