First OLED TV could get a trip to the U.S. this year


Last month, Sony announced that it planned to introduce its first organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV in Japan on December 1, but the company said nothing about an eventual U.S. launch. However, Engadget reports that Sony hasn't ruled out a U.S. introduction for the TV this year. At a meeting in New York yesterday, Sony Electronics President Stan Glasgow stated, "OLED could come [here] before the end of the year." He added that the decision will depend largely on foreign demand and panel supply.

Of course, customers may not be queuing up for the product—even in Japan. Although Sony's XEL-1 is OLED-based and features an eye-popping contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, the TV is a relatively tiny 11" unit with a 960x450 resolution and a staggering ¥200,000 ($1,741) price tag. Other specifications include a 3 mm display thickness and HDMI, Ethernet, and USB connectivity.

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