Sony OLED TVs Available 1st of December

Although only in Japan - book your flights now!

Aside from the slight problem it appears to be having persuading people to buy the PS3, Sony is having a rather a good time of things at the moment, churning out one highly desirable product after another – and yet another one is coming soon. Living up to the promises that OLED TVs would be shipping in 2007, the XEL-1 will be on sale in Japan from the 1st of December.

In case you missed the original news(and proof of concept) the technology is one of a few being touted as the eventual successor to Plasma and LCD screens. The 11in set packs a curious resolution of 960 x 540 so it won’t be any good for HD content, but considering the size that’s hardly surprising. Oh, did I mention it has a mouth watering (make that eye-watering) 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio? And the panel is an anorexic 3mm thin!

The set also sports an Ethernet and USB port enabling connection to a PC for streaming media and an HDMI port for connecting to any other device. As I already hinted, this 11in set seems more of a proof of concept than a real product and we certainly cannot wait for a 108in version (to be posted to the offices for my attention please). For those eccentric millionaires among our readership, I’ll reiterate Gordon’s sentiments: this will make a great kitchen TV, assuming millionaires ever go into the kitchen, which is doubtful. ”(…Gordon Ramsey? …ed)”

Impress story (translated).