I found it mighty suspicious that Sharp didn't have any new TVs to show off at CES, but it appears my misgivings were misplaced because the company has pulled through with its latest range of 1.35in thick AQUOS X LCD HDTVs. Yes, that's 1.35 inches of thinness for your viewing pleasure - slender even by Hitachi 1.5 standards.
Backing up the ludicrous levels of thinness is the choice of either a 37in, 42in or 47in panel with the requisite Full HD, 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, a 15,000:1 (dynamic) contrast ratio and a 100Hz, motion-blur reducing, refresh rate.
Despite being thinner that the 1.5in thick Hitachi screens, the Sharp AQUOS X also packs in far more connectivity, offering three HDMI 1.3 inputs and one output, a single DVI, and three D5 (read: Japanese Component) ports along side Ethernet, for connecting to NAS devices, PCs and the like and Firewire, presumably for outputting camcorder footage directly on the TV or some such similar function - or in other words I haven't a clue what it's for.
Those living in Japan will be able to get your hands on the new AQUOS X sets as of March, but no pricing is actually given. Whether or not these manage to hold on to the mantle of the world's thinnest TV for long, given the current levels of one-upmanship going on in the industry, remains to be seen. For now, though, it will almost certainly be the first of this new raft of super-thin televisions to actually make it into UK stores.