Sharp has revealed its 2012 line-up of televisions as part of the CES conference. The most eye-catching of the lot is its top-end Aquos LC-80LE844U 80in 3D 1080p model, which Sharp says is the first 3D LED of its size in the world. Of course, it's not quite as big as the TV LG just launched.
People may be buying larger TVs than ever before, but Sharp’s latest stretches the limits of what can comfortably fit into Average Joe and Jolene’s lounge. Its 80in Aquos LC-80LE844U 3D LED backlit television offers more than twice the screen area of a 55in TV, and yet claims to have its eye on a relatively mainstream, buyer.
We were lucky enough to see the television in action, though, and have to admit that it appears to offer excellent picture quality. It uses Sharp’s four-colour Quattron technology, intended to supply images ith more vivid colours than the standard three-colour pixel layout.
The Sharp Aquos LC-80LE844U has a 240Hz refresh rate, and uses localised dimming of the full array backlight to provide better contrast – with 80in to cover, there’s plenty of space to get local within too. It comes packed with Sharp’s new SmartCentral connected TV hub, providing access to social networks and TV streaming services. And for once, Wi-Fi is built-in rather than requiring an optional accessory.
The monster TV at Sharp's CES press conference
The price for all this functionality – and all those inches – is a mere $6,499, which equates to roughly £4,200 at today’s exchange rate. It'll be available from April.