It has emerged that Sony’s celebrated ultra-thin OLED TV family will debut in Europe next year.
News emerging from Japan suggests the Sony XEL-1 OLED TV, which was launched there a year ago, will hit stores in Europe in 2009.
The XEL-1 11-inch screen is only 3mm thick and promises a high-definition experience.
However, reports suggest the price tag will be quite high for an 11-inch device at an estimated €1,200.
OLED TVs are thinner and more energy efficient than most flat-screen TVs on the market and Sony claims they offer brighter colours than LCD or plasma TV sets.
Sony is understood to be currently investing €135m in the development of OLED TVs.
OLED TV demand is predicted by research firm DisplaySearch to grow 14-fold to 2.8 million by 2012 from an estimated 200,000 units in 2009, which compares with 40pc growth predicted for LCD TVs during the same period.
By John Kennedy
Pictured: the super-skinny 11-inch Sony XEL-1 OLED TV
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