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Sony Crystal LED TV
Sony Crystal LED TV - CES 2012

Sony Crystal LED TV - CES 2012

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While LG and Samsung where showing off their "soon-to-be production ready" OLED TVs, Sony had an interesting TV technology display of its own that it referred to as "Crystal LED". Sony claims that it is not OLED, but from what I can surmise from their press release, Sony has removed the LCD and color filter layers from the screen display and instead has shrunk the size of the LED backlights so that 6 million of them (2 million each now assigned to red, green, and blue) can fit on a 55-inch screen. This allows for 1080p native resolution.

Since the LEDs no longer need to serve as backlights for an LCD layer, and are each assigned a specific primary color, they are moved up to the front of the screen and actually display a TV image directly as pixels, similar to those giant LED scoreboards and signage you see in stadiums and other commercial venues, but with much finer detail, color, and black levels.

However, don't expect to see this TV on store shelves anytime soon, as Sony was very public about this being a prototype demonstration only. However, if LG and Samsung fail to get their OLED TVs on the market successfully, Sony may have just the thing waiting in the wings. We may find out by next years' CES.

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