Sony XEL-1 TV
Pixel Format: 960 x 540
Contrast Ratio: 1,000,000:1
Technology: Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED)
Inputs: HDMI, USB, Ethernet
Weight: 2kg (3.3lbs)
Dimension: 287 x 140 x 253mm
Price: Â¥200,000 (~$1,740)
Availability: December 1, 2007 (Japan)
More pictures at Engadget
I believe this is the very first OLED TV product that will actually be available for purchase by a regular consumer, that is, if you’re living in Japan on December 1st. The design is a little different, I must say. The pixel format is not quite HD, but sufficient for DVD playback and standard TV. HD could very well look fantastic on a OLED screen even if scaled down. The 1 million to one contrast ratio should lend to very good pictures. The price of $1740 is a bit on the high side for just a 11″ TV, but isn’t so far out there that early adopters would completely shy away from. And at just 3.3lbs, the XEL-1 is more than portable. I would hope Sony will introduce the one and only OLED TV in the US market as well, soon.
Update: The XEL-1 has been available in the US for quite some time since earlier this year (2008). Amazon.com has the world’s first commercially available OLED TV, the XEL-1, for $2499.99, a bit more than our Japanese friends.
[tags]11″, 960 x 540, Ethernet, HDMI, OLED, OLED TV, Sony, USB[/tags]