3D TV sales up 8.3 pct in 2013: data

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- Worldwide sales of TVs with 3D features rose 8.3 percent on-year in 2013, data showed Wednesday, as the global display market picks up with the boom of Ultra HD (UHD) products.

Shipments of 3D television totaled 44.97 million units last year, the data compiled by DisplaySearch showed, compared with the 41.51 million units posted in 2012.

They also accounted for 20.6 percent of the global sales of flat TVs, going over the 20 percent mark for the first time. The figure marks a near 19-fold growth from 2.26 million units in 2010.

Such models took up 24.3 percent of Samsung Electronics Co.'s TV lineup, while LG Electronics Inc. and Japan's Sony Corp. held comparable figures of 25.9 percent and 19.5 percent.

Chinese companies also aggressively expanded their foothold, with 3D TVs taking up 45 percent of displays produced by Skyworth Group Co. and 37.1 percent by Hisense. TCL posted 21.2 percent.

Industry watchers said the rising sales of TVs equipped with 3D features followed the boom of UHD TVs, one of the highly anticipated sectors in the global display business, which comes with a resolution of 3840×2160, four times higher than the 1920×1080 in previous full HD models.

DisplaySearch earlier estimated the global sales of UHD panels will reach 21 million units this year, soaring from the 3 million units in 2013, with South Korean firms accounting for around 6 million to 9 million units.

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