OLED Is Now Where LCD Was 10 Years Ago: Tiny, Expensive, Awesome

November 25 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets   Year: 2009   Rating: 5 Hot

Sony is finally selling the worlds first Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) television. At 3mm wide (imagine a stack of three credit cards, that’s how thick) it boasts an HD display, an aspect ratio of 16:9, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, and a contrast ration of one million to one. The greatest feature I feel is the ability to turn off the pixels in areas of the screen that are meant to display black — too often a black screen glows annoyingly making colors seem blurry. This set is sharp.

And while this amazing beast is going to eventually kill off old power-hungry LCD televisions over the next few years, right now it is tiny and expensive as Hell. How much you say? With a screen size of 11-inches (diagonal) and costing $2,500 on the Sony site, it gives one pause.

I remember the first LCD computer screen I ever bought in 2001. It cost an arm and a leg, but it beat those old 40-pound monoliths everyone else was sporting those days. I showed it off to all my friends, laughing when they had to move their belongings from apartment to apartment, lugging their computer monitor like a dead weight everywhere they went. I enjoyed this feeling for about a year or two before my world came to an end with even thinner LCD monitors costing half the price of mine. I wept silently.

You can expect the same from the OLED television. Fork over $2,500 now for this little puppy and two years from now you’ll be able to purchase a screen twice the size for the same price. Like the first purchasers of the iPhone, you will be outdated and it will be sooner rather than later. Yet honestly, at some point you have to put your foot down and accept that no matter how much you spend, you will be outdated within a year. But at 11-inches, I think I’ll wait.

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  1. Well, recently, Samsung showed a prototype of a40-inch 1080p OLED display and recently scientists create true blue for OLED’s , so I am very excited about OLED’s coming to market for an affordable price in a few years too. 1,920×1,080 pixels, 1080p, with a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, a color gamut of 107% NTSC, a luminance of 200cd/m2 and a thickness of just 8.9-millimeters (jaw dropping).

    Sony and Samsung hope to push into OLED territory as soon as 2009-2010. I can’t wait to snag one.


    Posted by: Covus   November 25, 2008
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  2. So, is LCD going to go the way of CRT and completely disappear or will we see some niche that it lives in and a separate niche for OLED?

    Posted by: Andriod   November 26, 2008
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  3. Let’s hope OLED reaches the equivelent stage that LCD has now in less than half the time.

    Gotta love that exponential growth curve. :)

    Posted by: Will   November 26, 2008
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  4. LCD may end up like the old big-screen TVs you see in homes. They splurged fifteen years ago on a huge TV and now have a 300 pound TV. So in ten years when everyone has switched to paper-thin TVs the size of a wall, you’ll go to your friends parents house and see an old LCD and think about how outdated it is and how much energy it sucks up and why they don’t get rid of it for an OLED screen.

    Posted by: martymcfly   November 26, 2008
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