Shipments of touch-screen displays more than doubled in the first quarter from a year before, IHS reports, and the main factor was global demand for mini tablets with screens of 7 to 8 inches. "These tablets are inexpensive, with pricing at $199, making them popular among consumers. With the level of competition increasing in both the tablet and panel markets, pricing is expected to continue to decline, boosting shipments of displays and end products in this size range," said Duke Yi, IHS senior manager for display components and materials research.

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