According to industry sources, the Mini LED-backlit high-end smartphone was originally expected to be launched by the end of 2018, but smartphone manufacturers have been reluctant to adopt this backlight technology because of the decline in the price of OLEDs.
According to sources, mainland Chinese manufacturers have significantly reduced the price of OLEDs for mobile phones, which in turn has reduced the cost advantages of Mini LED-backlit LCD panels.
In order to compete with OLED panels, Mini LED backlight panels require a 15% reduction in cost by using fewer chips and better module design.
According to the news, Taiwan's Jingyuan Optoelectronics began small-scale production of Mini LED chips for 27-inch gaming LCD backlights in the third quarter; game applications have higher requirements for local dimming and high dynamic range (HDR). At the same time, in the third quarter, Epistar also began trial production of 0.4mm size Mini LED chips for outdoor and indoor RGB fine pitch displays, which will be verified in the fourth quarter, such displays will be in 2019 Production began in the first quarter.
Taiwan's Ronda Electronics began shipping the first generation of Mini LED backlight modules in the third quarter, and will begin shipping second-generation models for 15.6-inch gaming notebooks and 27-inch and 32-inch gaming displays in the fourth quarter.
Lunda Electronics also announced that its comprehensive revenue in October reached NT$880 million (US$28.5 million), a decrease of 10.24% from the previous month and a decrease of 6.41% from the same period last year. In the first ten months of this year, revenues reached NT$9.517 billion, down 7.44% year-on-year.