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Industry 10:30 February 24, 2021

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SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. remained the world's leading TV vendor for the 15th straight year in 2020 on the back of its QLED and large TVs, a report showed Wednesday.

The South Korean tech giant had a market share of a record 31.9 percent in terms of sales revenue last year, up from 30.9 percent a year earlier, according to data from industry researcher Omdia, extending its lead in the global TV market for the 15th consecutive year.

Samsung was followed by its South Korean rival LG Electronics Inc. with 16.5 percent and Japan's Sony Corp. with 9.1 percent.

Samsung became the world's top TV manufacturer in 2006, powered by the success of its Bordeaux TV series.

This photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Feb. 24, 2021, shows models introducing the company's TV products. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Samsung said its strategy to focus on premium QLED and large-size TVs helped the company earn a record market share.

Samsung sold 7.79 million units of QLED TVs last year, up from 5.32 million units in 2019, the Omdia report showed. QLED TVs accounted for 35.5 percent of its total TV sales revenue.

In the premium TV segment, which refers to TVs priced above US$2,500 or higher, Samsung led with a market share of 45.4 percent in terms of revenue.

The company also had the dominant position in the 80-inch or larger TV sector with a market share of 50.8 percent.

The global TV market last year grew slightly despite the novel coronavirus pandemic, reaching 225.35 million units, according to Omdia. In the fourth quarter alone, worldwide TV shipments jumped to a record high of 70.24 million units.

Omdia data showed LG remained as the world's leading OLED TV seller as it shipped 2.04 million OLED TVs in 2020, up 23.8 percent from a year ago. The global OLED TV market last year grew to 3.65 million units.

Omdia predicted the global OLED TV market will reach 5.6 million units this year.

This photo provided by LG Electronics Inc. on Jan. 10, 2021, shows the company's 2021 OLED TV products. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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