Today, Sony unveiled its first ultra-thin television for the commercial market. This 11-inch display TV carries a model number of XEL-1, and measures just 0.12-inches thick, roughly the thickness of a coin.
The Sony XEL-1 ultra-thin TV uses new light-emitting display technology called OLED which is based on electroluminescent organic materials that deliver crisp and clear image quality.
Company officials have said that this technology is superior to liquid crystal and plasma displays that are now widely being used in thin TVs since OLED technology uses materials that emit light on their own and don’t require a backlight.
Moreover, the Sony XEL-1 display TV can replay video around 1,000 times faster than liquid crystal displays, eliminating the blur of LCD TV imagery, and also reduces energy consumption by 40%.
The XEL-1 TV features dramatic 1,00,000:1 contrast ratio and low 45W power consumption. Moreover, the XEL-1 offers a resolution of 960×540 pixels and offers input resolution of up to 1080p.
The Sony ultra-thin XEL-1 TV sports an integrated digital TV tuner for Japan, USB, LAN interface, 1xHDMI port, headphone plug and S-Force sound.
Interestingly, Sony no longer manufactures plasma display TV. According to Sony, production of the XEL-1 ultra-thin TV is set for 2,000 units per month.
The new Sony OLED XEL-1 ultra-thin TV will last around 30,000 hours, which translates into 10 years for someone who uses the TV eight hours a day.
The 11-inch Sony XEL-1 OLED TV is expected to go on sale on December 1, 2007 for 200,000 yen ($1,200).