One of the HDTV world's Holy Grails is the resurrection of OLED as a viable display technology. The U.S. market has seen exactly one OLED set -- a 11.1-inch Sony model that cost about $2,500 when it was released a few years back. In the meantime, a couple of other sets popped up in Asia, and prototypes have been shown at various trade shows, but we're still waiting for another ultra, ultra-thin OLED TV with a 100,000:1 contrast ratio to reach our shores.
We may finally be in luck in 2012, as LG has announced that it will be showing off its long-rumored 55-inch OLED set at CES next month. That will be the biggest OLED display built to date, according to the company, and yet will only be 5 millimeters thick (or thinner than a pen). The display will use white OLED technology, which improves its image performance, according to LG.
Of course, there are no pricing and availability details to report yet, and who knows if they will become available once CES kicks off. Because price is probably the biggest impediment to OLED joining LCD and plasma as a commercially viable HDTV technology, LG does point out that its new set "is a significant step forward in the popularization of OLED TVs and demonstrates the effective application of AM OLED technology to larger panel sizes at a more cost efficient level."
We'll be waiting to see just how cost efficient it will be, and if that level will be low enough that we'll finally see another OLED TV on sale in this country.