Touch and late advancements in touch detecting make smartphones more intelligent day by day. Along these lines, today nerds and others inquisitive smartphone users wish to know the touch market and every other moment subtle elements identified with it.

In this way, here are some details which might satisfy the inquisitiveness of the geeks. Today, cell phones are offered to the customers with a cover glass or say cover lens for displays alongside a touch panel to ensure the display and the touch system.

In mobile phones, these cover glasses come in various forms to oblige the design of the gadget. The form factors (structure variables) are described 2D, 2.5D, and 3D concurring the shape of the cover glass. Further, how the cover glass is overlaid over the display and touch system. In the technologically advancing aeon, smartphone makers are contending on form factors and fashionable design along with palm friendliness, and touch sensitivity for increasing their market capture & share. Due to increasing demand of attractive designs, phone makers are urging touch panel suppliers to create enhanced cover glass shapes.


The recent study shows the smartphone 3D cover glass shipments forecast. As per the estimation, in the year 2016, it is to increase to 47 million units, making up 3% of the business sector. Addedly, in the year 2017, the shipment would soar 112.8% to 100 million units, including 5.7% of the business sector. And, in the year 2018, it will grow to 63% to 163M units incorporating 7.9% of the business sector.


The expeditious development in the 3D cover glass demand is owing to the accompanying components:

  • Samsung Electronics has connected AMOLED expanded as an active-matrix organic light-emitting diode which is an adaptable on-cell touch to its best smartphone models, for example, Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series.
  • Samsung Display has too recently begun its flexible on-cell active-matrix organic light-emitting diode abbreviated as – AMOLED panels supply to Samsung Electronics and Vivo Communication Technology along with Xiaomi, Huawei Technologies, and Oppo Mobile Telecommunications. It is done with an end goal to extend the on-cell AMOLED display market.
  • Cell phone creators to hold a win-win position in the marketplace are differentiating their products by utilizing 3D cover glass rather than metal or plastic for the back spread.
  • Various other wireless technologies like wireless charging and NFC (near-field communication) in addition to multi-band support, have been embraced in mobile phones. As radio waves can go through glass more effortlessly than metal, so the glass has been favored for the back cover.
  • Apple has too announced to use flexible AMOLED display from its new model that is to be launched in 2017.

As far as revenue is concerned the 3D cover glass marketplace for cell phones is expected to touch $456 M & 12.8% market share until the end of the year 2016. The share will probably grow to 22.6% until the end of 2017 and 29.4% by the end of the year 2018, surpassing 2D cover glass.


Strangely, while on a revenue basis, the touch panel business sector is stagnant or declining y-o-y because of market immersion and intense competition, the cover glass industry is required to grow 0.1%, 6% and 11% in 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively. The development might be driven by expanded appropriation of 2.5D and 3D cover glass. Meanwhile, benefits or say profits from the 2D cover glass will drop, in spite of the fact that shipments will stay high.

Dissimilar to 3D front cover glass, the 3D back cover glass can be connected to non-flexible displays. Thus, it is expected to expand significantly. All cell phone makers who are embracing 3D cover glass are required to have 2.5D front and 3D back cover glass combination.

Besides, if Apple receives flexible on-cell AMOLED displays by 2017, the 3D front page glass market will extend generously. By then, cover glass creators who are not equipped for delivering 3D cover glass will have gainfulness issues, as value rivalry will be fiercer in the 2D and 2.5D competitive business sector.