Sharp has this week announced that its previously unveiled 70 inch Sharp 8K TV in the form of the Sharp LV-70X500E will be available in a few days time the purchase price that €11,200 or approximately $13,800. Even though the new 8K TV will be made available throughout Europe this week, Sharp has not announced any plans to roll out the new high definition television across the United States as yet.
The Sharp LV-70X500E offers 33 million pixels or a pixel resolution of 7680 x 4320, four times more than 4K Ultra HD and 16 times as many pixels as Full HD. This ultrafine resolution results into a pixel density of 125 ppi in the 70-inch display of the LV-70X500E as well as supporting both HLG and HDR10.
The LV-70X500E comes with eight HDMI inputs offering four standard 2K/4K ports and four reserved for 8K input through 4 parallel HDMI connections. Still images in 8K can be viewed from USB storage media while the TV-Monitor will up-convert various content to 8K using its picture processing suite.
“Since the onset of television technology, the goal was to create the perfect illusion on a screen. At the dawn of the HD era, resolution was mainly about sharpness. But sharpness must not be an end in itself. Current TV pictures don’t lack sharpness, they lack naturalness. Together with enhancing resolution, we also have to enhance color reproduction and contrast to get as close as technologically possible to a real life image,” explains Sascha Lange, Vice President Marketing and Sales Europe. “Also, resolution is relative to screen size and viewing distance. By quadrupling the resolution, the screen size can also quadruple and still offer the same sharpness at constant viewing distance. In the future, 8K will be the enabling technology to establish ever bigger TV screens in homes without sacrificing picture quality. With Full HD and 4K, a clear trend towards bigger screen sizes can already be observed in all major TV markets. 8K will allow this trend to continue to wall filling screen sizes that previously have been the subject of science fiction novels. “With 8K, displays with 70 inch diagonals like our LV-70X500E will become a standard size for the living room and much bigger screens will soon follow”.
The 70” (177cm) Sharp LV-70X500E 8K TV will be available in Europe towards the end of April 2018 priced at €11,200.