September 27, 2011 — Article
Sharp has unveiled the LC-80LE632U, an 80in LCD TV at an ‘affordable’ price.
Sharp claims it’s the largest TV yet available to consumers. It has an 80in screen across the diagonal and measures 4in deep. To keep the price down it does without Sharp’s four-color Quattron system, 3D capability or local dimming technology.
But it does feature a 6,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 1080p HD resolution and a 120Hz Fine Motion refresh rate.
It comes with built-in Wi-Fi to deliver smart TV functions, with loads of apps available for download including Netflix, CinemaNow, and Vudu, as well as a remote setup service called Aquos Advantage Live. This allows Sharp’s engineers to set it up for you without having to visit your house or talk you through the settings over the phone.
John Herrington, Sharp’s US president, said: “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.”
The Sharp LC-80LE632U is only available in the US at the moment, for $5,499 (£3,500) – not exactly cheap, but a lot less than you might expect for a screen this size. No word yet on when we might see it in the UK.