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Samsung 31-inch OLED screen prototype to be displayed at CES 2008

OLED panels are the next big thing when it comes to TVs and other consumer electronics from cameras to cell phones. The OLED screen promises more compact dimensions, less power consumption and brighter images.

Small OLED screens are currently found on some cell phones and LCD TV makers are looking for larger OLED screens to use in HDTVs. Reuters reports that Samsung recently unveiled a 31-inch active-matrix OLED screen. Samsung says it will have a 31-inch OLED prototype TV on display at CES 2008 in January.

Samsung declined to comment on the commercial availability of TVs using the 31-inch OLED panel stating that the panel being available for retail purchase would depend on TV makers’ plans. With the very high cost of the Sony XEL-1, the first commercially available OLED TV retailing for over $1,700 USD, the price for a 31-inch Samsung panel equipped OLED TV is a frightening thought for many. Samsung didn’t comment on potential pricing for TVs using its 31-inch OLED panel.

Samsung says its new 31-inch OLED panel is only 4.3mm thick and uses less than half the power required of a typical 32-inch TV. The panel’s lifespan is 35,000 hours, which is the best lifespan of existing AM-OLED panels.

Exactly how many of the panels Samsung will be able to produce is unknown. Sony is limited to 2,000 of its XEL-1 11-inch OLED TVs per month because of production limits for the OLED panels.

Toshiba announced in December of 2007 that it would not be bringing its similarly sized OLED panel to market citing production cost concerns.

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What benefit?
By mcnabney on 12/27/2007 3:15:21 PM , Rating: 1
So an OLED screen is brighter, uses a little less power, and is thinner. Big deal. For double the money it is clearly not a mass-market consumer product. Now if it was doing 4K resolutions I might be interested, but for the moment most people have a living room that allows normal brightness levels and current flat panels have no problems being wall mounted.

RE: What benefit?
By Operandi on 12/27/2007 3:20:45 PM , Rating: 2
I believe OLEDs also have extremely high contrast ratios that can't be touched by LED and Plasma.

RE: What benefit?
By BansheeX on 12/27/2007 3:38:33 PM , Rating: 4
And no input lag, no backlight bleed, CRT-like response time, CRT-like viewing angles, no TN/PVA/MVA/IPS panel-type mess. It's going to be great for computers, I can't wait.

RE: What benefit?
By Discord on 12/27/2007 3:48:11 PM , Rating: 3
I know, I've been waiting year after year and they just will not come out. I believe it was in 2005 Samsung was showing off a 42" prototype that looked simply awesome. So here we are over two years later and they're taking a step backwards (in size). I'm so tierd of waiting but I can't do anything else. OLEDs are the future...

RE: What benefit?
By Spuke on 12/31/2007 1:39:32 PM , Rating: 2
I've had my DLP for 2.5 years and more than likely I'll have it for at least another 2.5 years. I frankly don't see replacing it anytime soon. It might be another 10 years before I get a new one. Since replacing the bulb effectively gives you a new picture I'm not in a hurry.

RE: What benefit?
By darkpaw on 12/27/2007 4:38:54 PM , Rating: 2
Of course it isn't mass market yet, it probably won't be until 2012 or later. They will definitely be for the people that have the money to go top of the line for several years and are willing to pay out the nose for the difference.

LCD/Plasma weren't mass market five years ago either, they were expensive as hell and the only advantage they had over projection systems was really size. Didn't stop the rich from buying them up though and eventually making the technology cheap enough for the rest of us.

RE: What benefit?
By fri2219 on 12/27/2007 5:17:47 PM , Rating: 3
Well, it allows a (frequently convicted) monopolist to look like they're actually developing new products instead of inflating prices, strangling innovation, and maintaining the status quo.

Samsung and Sharp have zero interest in letting new products or competitors into the markets they completely control. This is just marketing fertilizer for a slow news period.

Move on folks, there's no product to see here.

RE: What benefit?
By Omega215D on 12/28/2007 8:26:43 AM , Rating: 2
Check out the iRiver Clix 2 or Gen 2. It uses a Active Matrix OLED and it is great to look at. Granted it is only 2.2 inches but still, think of the possibilities.

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