108 inches in all its glory.
The importance of size has been much debated over the years with everyone from geeks to the post feminists sticking their nose in, but no one can deny Sharp’s latest achievement is mighty impressive.
At 108 inches the newly unveiled ‘108V’ is the world’s largest LCD screen and even bests Matsushita’s giant 103in plasma which was shown off at CES 2006. Unfortunately the photography Sharp issued rather stupidly gives no sense of scale so let me fill you in on the measurements.
Of course I don’t often give dimensions beyond screen size but the 108V is no ordinary TV. It is an incredible 2.38 metres wide (that’s 7.8 feet for the elders amongst you) and 1.34m tall (4.4 feet)**. The screen itself translates to a remarkable 8.98 feet diagonally!
As you’d expect for a TV of this magnitude it sports a 1080p (1920 x 1080) native resolution and uses the company’s 8th generation glass substrates. Unfortunately, Sharp was less keen to give away other details such as the connectivity, weight or – perhaps most fun – the potential retail price!
Now there’s little practical reason for any company to ever make a TV to such incredible proportions for anything other than the bragging rights but that, I’d suggest, is plenty reason enough…
”’Note:”’ It is important not to mix up horizontal and vertical measurements. If this happens you get an eagle-eyed reader like Sam who points out you originally outlined a portrait TV – though that’d be kinda cool too.