Blog from July 2024

TV

LCD TV Panel Prices Starting to Decline in Q3

July 1, 2024

The rally in LCD TV panel prices which started in February peaked in May and June and panel prices are headed down as we start the third quarter. While the rally was far from dramatic, it represented a respite for TV panel makers who are challenged for profitability. Unlike many former transitions, we do not expect a rapid deterioration in panel prices but rather a soft decline, at least in Q3’24. This Q3 slump follows a short rally in Q1’24-Q2’24 which followed a short slump in Q4’24, and together these “mini-cycles” represent a period of unusual stability in panel prices, where they have been sustained within a narrow range.
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Mobile

Samsung Launches Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 – Modest Updates, Higher Prices

July 11, 2024

Samsung launched the sixth generation of its Flip and Fold foldable smartphones this week in Paris, France. The new foldables feature some small but needed improvements, incorporate AI functionality and are priced $100 higher than the Flip 5 and Fold 5 devices. However, if you order them on Samsung’s website, they will double the storage which wipes out the price increase. The Flip 6 will surely be the best selling foldable in 2024 and the Fold 6 will likely be vying with the Huawei Mate 5 for the #2 best-selling model. The specifications for the Fold 5, Flip 5, Fold 6 and Flip 6 are shown below. Let’s start with the displays.
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Meta to Launch AR Smart Glasses Without Ray-Ban Branding

July 22, 2024

Meta has asked its Reality Labs hardware teams to cut spending by almost 20% through 2026, according to The Information. Meta’s CFO reportedly told Reality Labs employees that AR/VR should be targeted as a $1T opportunity given how much the company has invested.
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Prime Day Deals Disappointing for TV Buyers

July 22, 2024

Amazon has touted its Prime Day as a major shopping event, and the company declared its two-day event as a major success. For TV buyers looking for deals, however, with a few exceptions the special deals offered were not so special. The pricing of the deals gives some hints about the state of the TV market in the US.
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