Sharp's 70-inch 8K TV set to launch in Europe with a large price tag

midian182

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Back in September last year, Sharp showed us what the TV industry has in store once 4K becomes the norm and people move on to bigger and better things: the 70-inch, Aquos 8K television. The display is about to launch in Europe, and, as expected, it carries a hefty price tag.

Already available in China and Japan, Sharp’s LV-70X500E, to give it its full name, will arrive in European markets before the end of April—a month later than originally planned—and cost 11,999 Euros (around $13,779) with taxes included.

So, what do you get for all that cash? There’s the 33.2 million pixels from its 7680 x 4320 resolution, HDR support through HLG and HDR10, a display with 1000 nits of peak brightness, local dimming over 216 individual zones, an 8 ms GtG response time, and 86-percent BT2020 color gamut coverage.

The TV also features eight HDMI ports— four HDMI 2.0 (with 4:4:4 chroma subsampling & HDCP 2.2) and four HDMI 1.4 inputs—a 2.1 audio subsystem, a USB port for showing 4K video or 8K still images, and a LAN port for IP control.

Unlike Japan, Europe has no experimental 8K broadcasts, so the TV is aimed at those in the medical sector who could use it for high-resolution scans, as well as designers, engineers, and other professionals.

No word when, or if, sharp plans to bring the Aquos 8K television to the US. With 4K technology only now starting to become more mainstream, it’s unlikely that everyday consumers would rush out and buy such an expensive display.

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cldmstrsn

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So my first 1080p TV was in 2006 and then my first 4K TV was in 2017 so it looks like 8K will become relatively affordable around 2028 or 2030.
 

VitalyT

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Ironically, it is only in small rooms, where people sit close to the television you will be able to appreciate the improved level of detail. But in large rooms like shown in the AD you won't be able to see any difference from 4K at such a distance.

This means the only people who could appreciate this product are the ones who cannot afford it.
 

tipstir

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1080i/1080p
Here in the good old USA OTA is still 480i, 720p and 1080i.
They don't even have 4K yet and now 8K next year prices will be too high for most of us.
I hope 75-inch 4K LED SONY will drop to the prices where the most 4K are at now. 8K to 16K sure improvements then we should end-up seeing transparent tech by 2030 at this rate.
 

Lounds

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1080i/1080p
Here in the good old USA OTA is still 480i, 720p and 1080i.
They don't even have 4K yet and now 8K next year prices will be too high for most of us.
I hope 75-inch 4K LED SONY will drop to the prices where the most 4K are at now. 8K to 16K sure improvements then we should end-up seeing transparent tech by 2030 at this rate.
I'd argue it's pointless, TV that size you're going to be sat farther away. 8k makes more sense for VR.
 

Badvok

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But in large rooms like shown in the AD you won't be able to see any difference from 4K at such a distance.
What you actually mean is that you won't be able to see the individual pixels (0.28mm across) from such a distance, if you are one of those people who likes to do so. However, you will be able to notice increased clarity of the picture in edges, curves and lines from such a distance.