Sharp has just revealed what the company claims is the largest LED LCD TV ever made, the Aquos LC-80LE632U which has 80 inches of screen real estate.
The mammoth set isn’t behind in terms of its other specs, as you’d imagine, and is a smart TV with integrated wi-fi and indeed live online customer support.
At less than four inches deep, the Aquos might sound a little chunky compared to the flat screen TVs we’re used to seeing these days, but not in comparison to a rear-projection set that would normally be employed for this sort of screen size (which would be a foot or two thick).
A dynamic contrast ratio of 6,000,000:1 is promised from the full 1080p panel (with 10-bit processing), along with uniformity in the backlighting from edge to edge.
120Hz Fine Motion Enhanced is on board to eliminate blur and artifacts from fast moving scenes, and the Aquos comes with a “Vyper” mode to eliminate any lag in displaying the picture when gaming. Two USB ports are also provided.
The Aquos Advantage Live system lets you hook up to Sharp customer advisors online, who can remotely connect to the TV and assist with troubleshooting or tweaking the picture to its best (in theory, anyway, let’s hope they’re well trained).
John Herrington, president of Sharp Electronics US, commented: “Our 80-inch AQUOS TV delivers more than double the screen area of a 55-inch TV, for an amazing viewing experience.”
“It’s truly like nothing else on the market. Consumers want bigger flat panel TVs for deeper, more immersive viewing experiences and that’s exactly what Sharp’s delivering here.”
Of course, this thing is pricey, weighing in at $5,500 when the TV launches in the States next month. Whether this model will be coming to the UK isn’t clear at the moment, so big screen fans, keep your fingers crossed.