Do we need expensive OLED screens in laptops?

There's been an alarming amount of chatter recently about laptop-makers adding thin-but-expensive OLED displays to systems in the near future.

How much extra would you pay for a thin OLED display in your laptop?

There's been an alarming amount of chatter recently about laptop makers adding thin-but-expensive OLED displays to systems in the near future. At this week's IFA trade showin Germany, Tech Radar reports that Kyu Uhm, Head of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Samsung's Computing Division, told an audience, "Samsung is the largest OLED screen manufacturer. And as soon as it's available commercially for laptops we will adopt it." His best estimate was, "Probably sometime Q3 next year."

Sony and Lenovo have also talked about adding the technology to laptops, and while the paper-thin screens look great in the real-world examples we've seen, it's also currently very expensive, and not something you'll find a budget-priced Netbook anytime soon.

Just last week, the Wall Street Journal reportedthat Sony is putting the brakes on OLED development, after recession-concious consumers failed to snap up the company's' $2,500 11-inch OLED TV.

Of course, we've seen PC makers talk up expensivenew technologies before, from SSD hard drivesto 3G mobile broadband antennas, only to see those parts remain essentially specialty items. So, the question begs, would you pay extra for an OLED display on a laptop? How much of a premium would you pay? Sound off in the comments section below.

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