CeBIT 2007: Sharp Makes Smallest & Largest 1080p LCDs

108 inches all the way down to 32 inches. Impressive!

We haven’t seen that much of Sharp recently on TrustedReviews other than the excellent budget 32in Aquos LC-32GD8E, but if this year’s CeBIT is anything to go by – and it always is – we’ll soon be seeing a lot more.

The company set two highly impressive records this year: it unveiled the largest 1080p LCD ever ”and” the smallest. Interest around the ‘108V’ was intense (even if it had been seen before but, ironically, it is probably its far teenier brother than will ultimately have more long term impact.

In a world first, Sharp announced it will be releasing the smallest LCD ever to come with a 1080p native resolution: 32 inches (which – though much changed – we actually got whiff of here). Of course the real world benefits of such a monstrous panel in such a teeny size are dubious at best but it is certainly an impressive engineering feat and one that is likely to have customers flock to its ‘Full HD’ tagline.

There will be quite a wait before punters can do this however since Sharp revealed to me it may not be in shops until Q4. That said, a 37in 1080p set is being launched as we speak.

Continuing the 1080p theme, Sharp also demoed the 46in and 52in HD-1 series, a line which integrates a 160GB 2.5in hard drive and dual tuners for time shifting and scheduled recording. Specs elsewhere weren’t too shabby either with a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 4ms response time and 100Hz refresh rate.

As you can see in the photo, 42in and 37in variants are on their way too but Sharp doesn’t yet have models ready to display.

A big year ahead for Sharp? I’d say so… courtesy of its smallest screen.

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