The Sony XEL-1 is an 11" OLED display due out in Japan on December 1st, 2007 retailing for 200,000 Yen ($1740). Its screen is a mere 3 mm (0.12") thick and consumes only 45 Watts of power. Sony claims a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio which is a dramatic increase over the typical 10,000:1 and 1,000:1 contrast ratios found in plasmas and LCDs respectively.
- 11" OLED; 960 x 540 pixel resolution
- 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
- digital tuner
- inputs: HDMI, USB, Ethernet
- sound: 2 x 1 Watt speaker
- price: ¥200,000 ($1740)
- release date: December 1, 2007
OLED displays use Organic Light-Emitting Diodes which have an emissive electroluminescent layer made up of organic compounds. Organic compounds are "printed" on a polymer layer to accurately recreated different colors. OLEDs do not require backlights like traditional LCDs, thus improving the contrast ratio dramatically.
The display will be the first commercially available OLED display, and Sony is hoping to get the jump on the competition (Toshiba is making one) for the OLED market which may eventually overtake plasmas and LCDs. It is criticized for being an impractical product because of its high price and small screen size.