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RESEARCH NOTE - Mobile Phone LED Market Expected to Decline 2.6 Percent, from 2015 to 2021

July 19, 2016

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Following is the latest information and insight on the mobile phone LED market, from the IHS Markit LED Intelligence Service. Please feel free to quote directly from the Research Note below. 

Outlook and Analysis

According to the latest information from IHS Markit Mobile Phones in Packaged LED Market Brief, the market for LEDs used in mobile phones – including backlighting behind the display, keypad illumination, and camera flash -- will decline at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6 percent from 2015 to 2021. Increased penetration of organic LED (OLED) is a primary reason for this decline.

The OLED panel penetration rate for mobile phone displays is forecast to grow from 13 percent in 2015 to 34 percent in 2021, due to strong demand from Chinese brands. LED revenue for backlighting in mobile phones was estimated at $686 million in 2015, but will decline to $455 million in 2021.

Nearly all mobile phones shipped in 2015 had at least one camera -- and 86 percent also had a secondary camera -- although not every camera was equipped with a flash. IHS expects the mobile phone flash LED market to decline slightly in 2016, due to fewer mobile phone shipments. However, the market will begin to grow again from 2017 to 2020, thanks to increased penetration of color LEDs and secondary camera flash applications.. LEDs used in mobile phone keypads will also decline, but they comprise only a very small part of the market.

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