With all the buzz at the Consumer Electronics Show focused on 3D televisionâ€”with companies like Sony, Samsung and Panasonic announcing plans to sell 3D TVs to consumers this yearâ€”news about another potential video breakthough, a full-size OLED TV, is so far a no-show at C.E.S. 2010. So far.
Expense is certainly a factor in weak economic times like nowâ€”Sonyâ€™s gorgeous 11-inch organic light-emitting diode set, the XEL, still retails for $2,500, its price two years ago. And 3D technology is a more dramatic hook for manufacturers than OLED quality, it seems.
There was one new twist on OLED shown by Samsung, which has been in the forefront of OLED development for the past few years (although the company is claiming that the technology still needs extensive tweaking to make it affordable). The 700Z digital photo frame employs a 7-inch AMOLED display, the largest size Samsung has yet brought to market. It uses Bluetooth to grab photos for storage in a 4-gigabyte drive.
No price or availability has been announced.