CES 2013: Sharp Unveils World’s Largest LED HDTV

NEW YORK | Monday, January 7th, 2013 10:20pm EDT

Sharp company announced 18 new LED HDTVs at its CES 2013 press conference today, and the “smallest” ones have screens measuring 60 inches diagonally.

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To no one’s surprise, Sharp’s emphasis on very big screens will remain in effect through 2013. The company announced 18 new LED HDTVs at its CES 2013 press conference today, and the ‘smallest’ ones have screens measuring 60 inches diagonally. Photo: Sharp USA

Sharp, the maker of LCD panels, copiers, microwaves and other consumer electronics products, just broke the consumer LCD HDTV size and price barrier with the New York City debut of its 90-inch set.

This giant TV beats all of its competition, which currently top out at just 65 inches. It’s also the most expensive, with a retail price of $10,999.99.

The models range from a 60-inch HDTV to the World’s biggest, a 90-inch, room-filling LED HDTV. To put that in perspective, that’s 4 feet tall and almost 7 feet wide.

Sharp also brings a new innovative slim design to the 2013 AQUOS line of LED TVs. The screen bezel is astonishingly slim, so users can fit more TV in less space. The sides of the TV amazingly appear to fall away.

And the whole display is sleek and thin, so customers can place or mount it practically anywhere. It is approximately 5 inches deep.

The TV joins Sharp’s growing Aquos line of HDTVs. The 141-pound TV will still be stretching a 1080p resolution over all that expansive screen real estate, says the Mashable.

What is a bit surprising is that all those sets will be 1080p TVs rather than UltraHD (or “4K”) sets. Sharp did provide details on its UltraHD displays, and the company will have 4K and 8K prototype sets on display at this year’s show.

The latest version of SmartCentral adds the ability to use your Android or iOS device as a remote control.  It also features SmartBeam, which allows you to push files from your mobile device onto your LCD set.  A Flash- and HTML5-capable web browser will also be built into the sets.

All of the TVs have built in Wi-Fi and 1080p “Active” 3D compatibility.  The new twist on 3D is improved filtering on the Bluetooth link; customers can now use the Bluetooth powered glasses without fear of interference from other Bluetooth signals (previously customers were advised to turn off other Bluetooth-communications in the area when watching 3D content), reports the Daily Tech.

Power consumption is rated at 138 watts, making it ineligible for the Energy Star certification, which has an arbitrary top of 108 watts. A Sharp executive noted the cost of operation is just $28 a year based upon the Energy Star usage criteria. This HDTV is backlit with 500 white LEDs.

Non-3D options will also available for all of these HDTVs, with prices ranging from $1,499.99 for the 60-inch model to $4,999.99 for an 80-inch HDTV.

There are almost a dozen TVs in the Aquos line-up in a wide-range of pricing and feature options. Most of the new models will arrive sometime in Q1 of this year.

According to the PC World, two Sharp UltraHD sets are planned for release by the end of the year, but neither model was officially announced at the show.

The first Aquos UltraHD set for consumers is due in the second half of the year. A professional-level ICC Purios model will also available in summer that the company says is the first set THX-certified display for 4K playback.

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