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Toshiba GL1 Struggles in Japan

Written on February 07, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Glasses-free 3D might be the holy grail for many gadget fans. But it seems Japanese tech lovers are not so keen on Toshiba’s spanking new GL1 range.

With disappointing sales report, it seems that Japanese tech lovers are not so keen on Toshiba’ s glasses-free 3D TV — the GL1. The 20-inch model of GL1 just shipped 500 units on its first month, while the smaller 12-inch model sold even less. This is opposing Toshiba’s hope to sell 1,000 units for each 3D TV after their launch on December of last year.

But this sad news may come in as no surprise, as the 20-inch version of GL1 costs a whooping £1,805. That’s equivalent to two 40-inch units of Toshiba’s Regza WL768B on Amazon! Toshiba’s President for Visual Products, Masaaki Osumi, admitted that size is also an issue. He believes that bigger sets gain more positive reaction. However, that won’t happen anytime soon, since Toshiba can’t commit to bigger screen until the second quarter of 2011.

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