IFA 2017: Sharp Prepares To Launch “World’s First” 8K TV
Sharp has claimed a world first with the launch of a new 8K TV that will be released in China and Japan later this year.
According to the Foxconn-owned brand, its new 70-inch AQUOS 8K TV meets the “world’s first” criteria by being the first “consumer-use” TV with an 8K LCD panel and a HDMI input supporting 8K.
“8K is a revolutionary technology for ultra-high-definition images with 16 times the resolution of full-HD which could not be expressed with 4K images. It reproduces images at ultimate reality, with ultra-fine details even the naked eye cannot capture,” Sharp said in a statement.
The company previously released an 85-inch 8K monitor in 2015, as well as a 70-inch 8K monitor in June this year.
China will be the first market to receive the new 8K TV in October followed by Japan in December. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but a report from Nikkei Asian Review suggests it could cost around 1 million yen, or about $11,500.
Sharp will then launch 8K displays in Taiwan and Europe early next year. Australia will miss out on the new 8K TV after Sharp left the Australian TV market in 2015 to focus on appliances.