OLED TV: 10 things you need to know

by Dean on September 22, 2009

sony xel oled OLED TV: 10 things you need to know

Not sure what OLED is? Wondering why you’d want an OLED TV when all the chatter these days is about LED backlighting and 3D telly?

This ‘10 things…’ article for TechRadar explains all. Here’s a snippet:

5. OLED is available now (albeit in small sizes)

While the XEL-1 is currently the only OLED TV available, OLED technology is already being used in mobile phones, media players and digital cameras.

You’ll find an AMOLED display in the Samsung Jet, the new Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 and X-Series Walkman, the Sansa Clip+, Nikon Coolpix S70, the OQO Model 2+ and forthcoming Zune HD. There’s even an OLED keyboard – the OCZ Sabre OLED Keyboard has 9 programmable OLED keys.

6. OLED is expensive

Consider this: instead of plunking down £2,500 for an 11-inch Sony XEL-1, you could buy a 42-inch Philips 42PFL9664 or a classy Pioneer PDP-5090 and still have change for accessories.

Manufacturing costs are the main reason why we’re only seeing commercial OLED displays in small sizes. Is this why Sony is delaying its own OLED launches?

The worry for OLED is that the delay in producing decent-sized TVs gives LED technology more time to bed into the public consciousness. Worse still, the current buzz around Full HD 3D TV could also dilute OLED’s advantages.

This article was part of my IFA 2009 technology coverage. You can read the full OLED TV article on TechRadar.

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