dell laptop Laptop display panel prices continue to fall in 2012

Prices for laptop display panels are continuing to fall since the second quarter of this year, according to a report by panel market research firm DisplaySearch, with expectations that prices will remain low in the first half of 2013.

Prices for laptop display panels are continuing to fall since the second quarter of this year, according to a report by panel market research firm DisplaySearch, with expectations that prices will remain low in the first half of 2013.

 
Weak demand has led to prices for 14-inch and 15.6-inch laptop modules with wedge-type backlights falling below $40, almost at manufacturing costs, and the lack of difference between the pricing for the different sizes means some panels are even selling below their value.
 
TV display panels are still going strong, with prices increasing over the last three quarters, while monitor panel prices are stagnant, but the laptop market has been hard hit by the tablet computer boom, an issue that is exacerbated by poor enterprise IT spending due to continued economic downturn.
 
dell laptop Laptop display panel prices continue to fall in 2012
 
The result is that many of the top brands have forecast a drop in laptop shipments next year, with Dell seeing the biggest drop, from 25.3 million units in 2012 to just 16 million in 2013. HP's shipment target is also down, from 36.5 million to just 29.5 million, while Acer's is down from 27 million to 24.5 million. Other drops include Samsung from 15 million to 14.4 million and Toshiba from 15.8 million to 14.5 million.
 
It is not all bad news for some companies, however. Apple expects laptop shipments to increase from 15 million to 16 million, while Lenovo and Asus expect to go from 27 million to 31 million and from 18.8 million to 20 million respectively. Sony also predicts some modest growth from 7 million units to 7.3 million.
 
However, when tallied together, the overall shipment target for 2013 is 173.2 million, down from 187.4 million this year, showing that the launch of Windows 8 and high resolution panels have failed to halt the slowdown in the laptop market.