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Sony XEL-1 OLED TV Display  (Source: Engadget)
Fans of the XEL-1 from Sony outside of Japan are virtually guaranteed of not getting a XEL-1 this year

With the holiday shopping season firmly upon us one of the most wanted gifts for Christmas is a HDTV set. While we have many brands and makes to choose from here in America, the only commercially available OLED television is a Japan-only item this year.

Sony first announced its XEL-1 3mm thin waif of an HDTV in October with the caveat that the set would only be available in Japan. With the impact the thin OLED set had on gadget and home theater buffs, the Sony XEL-1 led other HDTV makers to promise OLED sets as well. Toshiba was the first to make the announcement of bringing OLED TVs to market after Sony was Toshiba. Toshiba claims it will have a 30-inch OLED TV on the global market by 2009.

Not to be outdone, Samsung announced its OLED roadmap in late October, stating the company would have OLED HDTVs in large 40-inch and 42-inch screen sizes on the market by 2010. DailyTech reported in early November that Sony Electronics President Stan Glasgow said the XEL-1 could make it to America this year, providing the demand for the XEL-1 in Japan didn’t move all the thin-screened beauties Sony had produced.

Today Engadget reports that there are only a total of 2,000 Sony XEL-1 TVs available in the entire world. That means that the 2000 XEL-1 TVs will be spread across 700 stores in Japan working out to a bit more than two XEL-1 HDTVs per store.

American fans of the XEL-1, your chances of getting a set this year just got much smaller.



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Let them work out the bugs
By Screwballl on 11/21/2007 2:25:10 PM , Rating: 2
So what if it is only available in Japan for the first year or so, HDTVs are still out of reach price-wise for the average consumer so let the Japanese work out the bugs with it and once the prices drop quite a bit, then bring it stateside.




RE: Let them work out the bugs
By KentState on 11/21/2007 5:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
What average consumers are you talking about? I know so many average consumers with one if not two in their homes.


RE: Let them work out the bugs
By ATC on 11/21/2007 7:20:14 PM , Rating: 2
I think the poster meant OLED TVs' bugs to be worked out not HDTVs. Unless of course you know of average consumers with 1-2 OLED TVs...then your response stands.


RE: Let them work out the bugs
By Xietsu on 11/22/2007 10:29:43 AM , Rating: 3
"By KentState on 11/21/2007 5:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
What average consumers are you talking about? I know so many average consumers with one if not two in their homes."


Your conception of the average consumer is made with horrid idealization. General consumer revenue is less than $48K, with (approx.) 90% of the US' population makes less than $96K -- your apparent knowledge of average consumers is just quite not so transparent. Typical people -- mainstream customers -- are without HDTVs. They are a thing for the upper socio-economic classes.

"By ATC on 11/21/2007 7:20:14 PM
I think the poster meant OLED TVs' bugs to be worked out not HDTVs. Unless of course you know of average consumers with 1-2 OLED TVs...then your response stands."


KentState was referring to ownership of HDTVs and not OLED HDTVs.


RE: Let them work out the bugs
By Combatcolin on 11/22/2007 2:10:08 PM , Rating: 2
HDTV Plasma and LCD are as cheap as chips. And if three that cheap in the UK then they must be cheaper in the US.


RE: Let them work out the bugs
By onereddog on 11/23/2007 12:13:05 AM , Rating: 2
Whether they are "cheap-as-chips" or not it still doesn't mean that the average consumer has purchased one.
Just like the average consumer probably didn't buy an a new CPU when it was "cheap-as-chips".


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