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Heading Beyond 4K: Sharp Unveils New TV Line-Up

Heading Beyond 4K: Sharp Unveils New TV Line-UpThe 80″ Beyond 4K combines Sharp’s proprietary pixel splitting and Quattron technologies, which Sharp states results in 66 million subpixels, 42 million more than a standard 4K ultra-HD TV.

Sharp states more subpixels deliver 167 per cent greater resolution than traditional 4K ultra-HD, with a resolution beginning to approach 8K.

Sharp adds that the Beyond 4K displays more colour than any Aquos TV before it, with Spectros Rich Colour Display, along with the Quattron technology, providing a billion more shades of colour, while High Dynamic Range technology and a full array LED with local dimming provide “extremely deep blacks and white whites”.

The Beyond 4K will be available in late 2015.

Meanwhile, Sharp’s new series of Aquos 4K ultra-HD TVs will, across the range, include a quad-core processor, along with a new codec that allows 4K content to play back in its native form.

Sharp’s entry-level 4K ultra-HD line, the UB30 series, will offer for the first time TVs available in 43″, 50″, 55″, and 65″ screen sizes, while the UE30 series includes Sharp’s first 80″ 4K ultra-HD TV, along with 60″ and 70″ screen sizes.

The UH30 series, Sharp’s flagship line, is “built for the picture quality aficionado”, with Sharp stating it expects its 70″ model to feature THX 4K certification.

The UE30 and UH30 series will adopt the Android TV platform, with these models to also include SmartCentral 4.0, enabling consumers to browse and search cable, satellite and streaming services from a single screen, which can be operated by a tablet or smartphone via a mobile app.

Specs for Sharp’s new TV models:

– Sharp Aquos 4K ultra-HD UB30 series:

43″ (42.5″ diag.), 50″ (49.5″ diag.), 55″ (54.5″ diag.) and 65″ (64.5″ diag.) class screen sizes     
4K ultra-HD: 4X the pixel resolution of full-HD     
Revelation Upscaler     
4K ultra-HD streaming (HEVC/h.265; VP9)     
SmartCentral 3.0     
4K ultra-HD specs (HDMI 2.0; HDCP 2.2)     
Local dimming (65″)     
Modern design – ultra-slim bezel, sleek stand     
Wallpaper mode     
Quad-core processor     
3 HDMI, 2 USB [43″ (42.5″ diag.), 50″ (49.5″)]; 4 HDMI, 2 USB [55″ (49.5″ diag.), 65″ (64.5″ diag.)], optical audio output, Wi-Fi

– Sharp Aquos 4K ultra-HD UE30 series:     

60″ (diag.), 70″ (69.5″ diag.), 80″ class screen sizes     
4K ultra-HD: 4X the pixel resolution of full-HD     
Revelation Upscaler     
4K ultra-HD streaming (HEVC/h.265; VP9)     
AquoMotion 480
AquoDimming
SmartCentral 4.0
Android TV platform
4K ultra-HD specs (HDMI 2.0; HDCP 2.2)
70″ (69.5″ diag.) has 16 per cent more screen area than a 65″ (64.5″ diag.) class; 80″ (diag.) has 50 per cent more screen area than a 65″ (64.5″ diag.) class
Modern design – ultra-slim bezel, sleek stand
Dual stand placement options (70″ diag./80″ diag.)
Wallpaper mode
Quad-core processor
4 HDMI, 3 USB, Wi-Fi

– Sharp Aquos 4K ultra-HD UH30 series:

70″ (69.5″ diag.) and 80″ (diag.) class screen sizes
THX 4K-certified picture quality, THX certification pending 70″ (69.5″ diag.) only
Spectros Rich Colour Display
Revelation Upscaler
4K ultra-HD streaming (HEVC/h.265; VP9)
4K ultra-HD specs (HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2)
AquoMotion 960
AquoDimming
SmartCentral 4.0
Android TV platform
70″ (69.5″ diag.) has 16 per cent more screen area than a 65″ (64.5″ diag.) class; 80″ has 50 per cent more screen area than a 65″ class
Modern design – ultra-slim bezel, sleek stand
Dual stand placement options
Wallpaper mode
Quad-core processor
Touchpad remote
4 HDMI, 3 USB, Wi-Fi