10″ OLED for $600? That can’t be right, can it?

Everyone’s a twitter over the sweet Apple Tablet tweets from Jason Calcanis. Our focus, rightfully, has been on the battery life claim (need more usage data here). However, if I’m piecing this together properly, he’s saying this thing is a 10″ OLED TV for $600. That’s staggering.

To put that in perspective, Sony’s XEL-1 is an 11″ OLED TV that still retails for around $2,500 here in the States. LG just released a 15″ OLED TV in South Korea that costs just north of that. So Apple’s going to sell a mobile 10″ OLED with HDTV tuner for about a quarter of that price?


Yes, that is likely a price subsidized by the wireless carrier, but even if you tack on another $400 and assume it’s only the $799 model that has the OLED, it’s still less than half the price of the XEL-1. And that only weighs its worth as a TV. Count in everything else it could and should do and I don’t know what to compare it against.

If not for the utter implausibility that Jason would fake this whole thing (he has too much to lose), I’d call BS. I’m buying his claims now, but it’s really taxing my natural skepticism (especially that part about the solar-powered back). If not for his claim of short battery life, I’d find the whole thing too fantastic to believe, and even that claim will depend on the level of usage he was testing. I’m tempted to just discount it all until the official rollout.