Sony has confirmed that they will be releasing their first generation OLED TVs in early December in Japan. No you are not seeing things, that is actually how thin this OLED is. Now this might not sound that interesting but look at it this way, they are going to start manufacturing an HDTV that has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and also the screen is only 3mm thick. This means that the dark colors will be ultra dark, and the overall heat output of the screen will be much less than your average plasma or LCD.

For those of you who don’t know what OLED means, it stands for Organic Light Emitting Diodes and it is an emerging technology in the HDTV industry. OLEDs allow for ultra thin screens that use very small amounts of electricity to run them.Sony XEL-1 OLED tv

One question that can be brought up is about other applications these OLEDs can be used for besides televisions. Since OLEDs are ultra thin, they are semi-pliable, giving hope that we will someday have screens that can wrap around pillars in a subway station that are capable of showing advertisements.

Or imagine carrying your entire presentation for work on something as thin as a sheet of paper that will display bright crisp color graphs and charts. OLEDs are paving the way for this to become a reality in the near future.

Power consumption in OLEDs should also be less than your conventional TV or plasma which will help with saving energy and reducing your monthly electric bill, unless you are running a data center or home theater that rivals the local movie theater.

All in all OLEDs are good news for all of us as they will most likely drive the price down on plasmas and LCDs. So hang on to your money for right now and wait until these to reach the market, and hopefully in a few years we will see a price drop for today’s HDTVs.