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Sony XEL-1 OLED TV On Sale In UK


Sony XEL-1 OLED TV On Sale In UK

Sony's XEL-1 OLED TV has been on sale in the US and Japan for absolutely ages, but it has taken until now to be available in the UK. Nonetheless, apparently following the mantra of "better late than never" Sony has finally chosen to make the exuberantly priced TV available to us Brits.

Specification remains the same; a million-to-one contrast ratio and image quality that really is brilliant - you have to see it to believe it. But those plusses are compromised by a teeny tiny 11in screen size (3mm thin!) and a pretty paltry resolution of 960x 540 pixels.

The damage? £3,489. And as if that wasn't galling enough, consider the US and Japanese pricing of $2,499 and some ¥200,000 respectively - that's £1,750 and £1,600 converted even with the pound as weak as it is. Yes, Sony really is taking the proverbial - especially in the middle of a recession. Maybe someone thinks enough XEL-1s will be sold to reverse the company's financial state.

So, although I want one - it's a perfect kitchen TV price aside - I shall definitely not be buying an XEL-1.


Sony Style.


January 29, 2009, 2:15 am

It has been available here in Canada too for ages for $2500. I thought the price was insanely high, but after seeing how much you guys are being charged I am literally shocked all over again! I feel your pain, sort of...

Lord Comben III

January 29, 2009, 6:24 am

Shame. I saw it in Japan almost a year ago and it really was truely amazing. I'm sure it only worked out just over &#1631,000 on conversion at that time as well. Should have bought one to sell on :)


January 29, 2009, 1:24 pm

Do OLED screens suffer from dead / stuck pixels?


January 29, 2009, 3:14 pm

Potentially, PS3 1/2, but you would only ever get a dead pixel (not one that's stuck on) as a malfunctioning LED would just be off (I think). In any case, I'd hope that in the case of these particular TVs they'd thoroughly check everyone that leaves the factory to make sure it's artefact free - for the price Sony'd charging, it's the least it could do.


January 29, 2009, 4:05 pm

How much for an 11" screen?! Sony have completely lost the plot and they can't pin it on the poor exchange rate! Bye bye Sony - it's been nice knowing you!


January 29, 2009, 4:24 pm

Sounds like a bargain!!! I'll take 2...1 for the bathroom and the other for the toilet. Oops, for a second there I thought I was a premiere league footballer.


January 30, 2009, 9:16 pm

No wonder they're bloody thin, the rest of TV is in its base. So, should we expect the same for future, bigger OLED screens? Wafer thin screen, jumbo base? At that price? What are they taking us for? Sony has completely lost it, no matter what they seem to do lately is almost aimed at annoying their customers. The person in charge does not seem to care...

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