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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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By whickywhickyjim on 12/27/2007 4:25:08 PM , Rating: -1
samsung products = garbage. No deal.

RE: thumbs down
By AntiV6 on 12/27/2007 5:13:00 PM , Rating: 2
I <3 my 216BW and ML2510. :)

Why do you think Samsung is bad? I love their products.

RE: thumbs down
By whickywhickyjim on 12/27/07, Rating: 0
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By mcnabney on 12/28/2007 12:35:11 AM , Rating: 2
All cell phones are cheaply made garbage. All of them. And I work in the wireless industry so I know. They are made to be temporary. They actually care where the machine solders on more expensive items like TVs.

RE: thumbs down
By aos007 on 1/3/2008 1:45:58 PM , Rating: 2
I am not sure I believe that. I used SE 610 for 3 years and while it's all scratched and banged up, it's still working at 100% (other than the battery of course). I now use SE W810 which thanks to use of a silicon case still looks like new 1.5 years later and works 100% as well.

RE: thumbs down
By kalak on 12/28/2007 7:20:16 AM , Rating: 2
I had a samsung 2 cellphones and an mp3 player go tits up on me

You have no LUCK. Simple as that. :-)

RE: thumbs down
By whickywhickyjim on 12/28/2007 9:34:23 AM , Rating: 2
I don't believe in luck, just probability and stunning defect rates in parts per million.

RE: thumbs down
By randomlinh on 12/28/2007 9:07:20 PM , Rating: 2
Except, you've ignored the fact that cell phones and mp3 players are completely different than TV's.

It's like saying your honda lawn mowers (yes, they have lawn mowers) broke and therefore their cars must be crap too.

RE: thumbs down
By robinthakur on 1/3/2008 5:37:33 AM , Rating: 2
I like Samsung's design, but I likewise would be very warey of dropping this much cash for the OLED display. My recently purchased 40" 1080p TV's touch sensitive buttons died within the first 10 days and the replacement has wavy lines across the picture doh :(

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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