40-inch OLED TVs Are Coming: We'll Believe It When We See It

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By Brian Thomas Jul 29th, 2008
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For years we have been listening to manufacturers tell us that soon, very soon, we will start seeing large OLED televisions on the market, but no TVs have been forthcoming. There have been some OLED screens in phones, and they sure do look pretty, but no TVs.

Matsushita (the parent company of Panasonic) has upped the ante by announcing plans to produce a 40-inch OLED and actually sell it to consumers as early as 2011.

It's understandable if we are a little skeptical of this announcement. But they appear to actually be doing something to back up their claims. They have invested $2.4 billion into the new OLED facility, and it's expected to be running by 2010.

This is interesting news because nobody has been willing to promise large consumer models of OLED TVs. OLED TVs have a better picture than even the best LCD TVs and uses a fraction of the power, making them more than desirable, but they are difficult to produce in large sizes.

Sony has teased us by actually producing and selling an 11 inch OLED TV, which is laughably small for a TV. And the biggest tease so far has been Samsung's unveiling of a 31 inch OLED TV showcased at CES this year. But while showing this TV, they kindly reminded us that there currently isn't any plan to mass produce this TV.

Will it be just another unfulfilled promise, or can Matsushita actually pull it off and be the first to market a decent sized OLED? One thing's for sure though, I can't wait to get my hands on a 40-inch TV that's only 3 mm thick.

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