While others are still struggling to upgrade to a 4K TV, Sharp has revealed its latest product simultaneously on four regions – Shanghai, Taiwan, Tokyo, and Berlin to add more to your fear of being missing out: a 70-inch Aquos 8K TV.
As some of you might not know, 8K (7680 x4320) resolution is 16 times that of your old Full HD (1920 x 1080) TV.
Sharp calls it “ultimate reality, with ultra-fine details even the naked eye cannot capture,” which doesn’t seem like a very good selling point.
Sharp’s new 8K TV is also compatible with both Dolby Vision HDR and BDA-HDR (for Blu-ray players).
But, the lack of available 8K HDR content is also a problem – although there is some content floating around; last year Japan’s public broadcaster NHK began the world’s first regular satellite broadcasts in 8K resolution. Sharp also plans to develop more 8K products to form an ecosystem that includes broadcast receivers and cameras.
The company plans to roll out the TV later this year in China and Japan, and then Taiwan in February 2018. Also, Sharp is repurposing its 70-inch 8K TV as an 8K monitor (model LV-70X500E) for Europe, which will be on sale in March.
Sharp hasn’t spoiled any particular details on how much its 8K models will cost yet but a source told the Nikkei Asian Review that they’ll start at about 1 million yen, or about $9,000 (PhP450k+). The company had previously released an 85-inch 8K monitor in Japan that cost over a whopping $100,000.