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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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RE: Interesting!!!
By johnbuk on 12/27/2007 3:42:35 PM , Rating: 2
I'm worse than you...Still using the PC monitor (and color printer) that came bundled with my $1,000 P150...And my 32" Toshiba TV that I bought around the same time as that PC bundle...would love to replace them, but I can't see spending money to replace things that still function perfectly well...

RE: Interesting!!!
By Souka on 12/27/2007 5:38:48 PM , Rating: 3
I hear ya, and if you're happy...great.

but I'll bet ya $100 cash that if you buy a new TV, or Monitor...and use it for lets say a month or two.. you'll dread going back to your old equipment...

Only the printer might be a minimal upgrade if you're printing mostly B&W...

RE: Interesting!!!
By Souka on 12/27/2007 5:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
oh yeah... forgot to put in my situation...

27" CRT TV with ANALOG cable TV
19" CRT PC Monitor

TV doesn't get watched much, but after watching a new LCD/Plasma HD set it takes me awhile to get used to my ugly old CRT TV.

PC CRT is better than LCDs I use at work...better color reproduction and no lag when gammin.

my $.02

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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