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Sharp Announces US Availability of its Ultra HDTV

June 27th, 2013 · 6 Comments · 3D HDTV, 4K LED LCD, News, UHDTV

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In New York City Sharp just announced the August availability of its first UHDTV with 3840 x 2160 resolution. This new display has many innovations including a new 70-inches panel size, and the first UHDTV to be granted THX certification.

We were impressed during the demonstration by the wide viewing angle and fine detail across the seventy inch screen. The LC-70UD1U features 4 HDMI inputs (one with ARC), an LED lit LCD panel with Red, Blue and Green sub-pixels (it is not a Quattro panel with a yellow sub-pixel), and a dual core processor along with an upscaler to convert SD and HD content to 2160p UHD resolution.

Price and availability follow after the break along with the press release.

The LC-70UD1U ships in Mid-August at a price of $7999.99

MAHWAH, NJ, June 26, 2013 – Sharp Electronics Corporation today unveiled the new 70″ class (69.5″ diagonal) AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV (LC-70UD1U), the company’s first Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV for the U.S. market. With four times the pixel resolution of high definition, the AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV makes anything you watch, more crisp, more detailed, more stunning.

The only television to receive the coveted THX® 4K certification, the AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV enhances anything you watch today with impeccable detail and clarity.

“Sharp has a rich history of leading the electronics industry in innovation. Today we continue that tradition with the introduction of the AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV,” said John Herrington, President, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America. “With four times the pixel resolution of HD, the 70 inch class AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV is our finest television ever.”

Transform ordinary content into extraordinaryUltra HD TVs, sometimes referred to as 4K TVs, have more than eight million pixels (3840×2160). That’s four times higher than today’s high definition televisions, which have approximately two million pixels (1920×1080). To create the extra detail that Ultra HD enables, the AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV utilizes an advanced upscaling technology that enhances anything you watch today with incredible detail and clarity.

First, a dual-core processor fine-tunes the original signal for optimal picture quality. Next, the upscaler analyzes and interpolates the content to create a 4K (3840×2160) image. As a result, the AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV produces a higher quality image that makes anything you watch more crisp, more detailed, more stunning. Movies, TV shows, video games, even YouTube videos are analyzed and digitally enriched, unlocking scores of hidden details.

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Certified Amazing

To make it the best of the best, picture quality experts at Sharp and THX put the AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV through four hundred rigorous performance tests; the AQUOS Ultra HD passed them all to achieve the industry’s highest performance levels. All of this means that the Sharp AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV is the world’s only TV with THX 4K certification. It’s certified amazing.

Created by experts in Hollywood, the coveted THX 4K certification sets the industry standard for image quality and consistency. THX 4K Certified displays contain pre-calibrated THX Movie viewing modes designed to deliver the picture quality of professional post production studios. THX also evaluates HD to 4K upconverting technology to ensure that the Ultra HD image maintains accuracy true to the original HD source, so you experience content the way it was intended. It’s image clarity never before seen in a 4K (3840×2160) display.

For the story behind the AQUOS Ultra HD and THX 4K certification, a video is available on Sharp’s YouTube page.

Intelligent and Elegant Design

The AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV is the only Ultra HD TV available in the 70 inch (69.5″ Diagonal) screen size class, the most popular 65″+ screen size. It’s perfectly proportioned to make the most of virtually every space. Plus, its sleek frame with metallic black finish and modern open-base stand features an ingenious speakers in-front design that delivers a narrower footprint than its closest 65″ competitor-even with five additional inches of screen size.

Crafted to please the ears as well as the eyes, the six-speaker sound system – including separate mid-range and tweeters – along with Sharp’s proprietary DuoBass dual subwoofer system, delivers a powerful 35 watts with clear voices, broad dynamic range, and deep bass.

Turn it off, and the TV still looks beautiful. Sharp’s exclusive Wallpaper Mode turns the AQUOS Ultra HD LED into an elegant frame for photos or artwork with museum-like appearance and Ultra HD detail.

Surf. Watch. Interact. Ultra HD meets Smart TV

The AQUOS Ultra HD lets you connect to your favorite content instantly using Sharp’s intuitive SmartCentral™ Smart TV Platform. Working through built-in Wi-Fi, SmartCentral™ streams movies and shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus and Vudu, videos from YouTube, and music through Pandora and Rhapsody. Plus, built-in social apps like Facebook and even Skype™* enable you to connect with friends on your large screen AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV for amazingly realistic interactions.

Surf the web with Sharp’s built-in Flash-enabled web browser. Or watch TV and browse the web at the same time with SmartCentral’s exclusive split-screen experience.

With Sharp’s smart Remote Control and Beam apps, the power to control your TV is always in your hands. Use your smart devices to change channels and adjust settings. Or send photos, movies and videos from your phone or tablet right to the big screen.

Connected to the Future

Rounding out the impressive specs of the AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV is a comprehensive set of features befitting a flagship model. It features four HDMI inputs that accept native 4K (3840×2160) signals so your 4K experience expands along with tomorrow’s 4K sources. 4K Photo Playback via a built-in SD-card reader and two USB ports means that for the first time, you can see the full resolution and detail captured in your 8MP photos. And Sharp’s 4K 3D technology brings you twice the detail of passive 3D, so every scene comes alive for an intensely immersive experience. Two Bluetooth 3D glasses are included in the box.

Price and Availability

The AQUOS Ultra HD LED TV will ship to retailers nationwide in mid-August with a suggested retail price of $7,999.99

 

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  • Thom

    Question is, is it worth it at a street price? The MSRP (and probably UPP) of $8K is steep. The new Sharp 90″ 1080 set will street at that $8K. I’ve also heard people getting deals on the LG 84″ for under $10K (maybe even $9K!)
    I don’t know what to buy. The ZT 65″, or jump up to a 80 or 90″ Sharp, or find a 75″ Sammy, or look at a UHD set. I’m torn and don’t know what to do. Is this set worth 2x the price of the ZT?

  • mjw

    The million dollar question – is it backlit with local dimming (i.e. a successor to the sharp elite)?

    Like every other UHDTV announced to date with the one exception of the $40K Samsung 85-inch UN85S9 this Sharp is edge-lit. It appears the TV makers feel the extra cost of local dimming LED backlighting is higher than consumers will tolerate. HD Guru has looked at all the announced UHDTV LED panels and we see any others on the current road map.

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  • Andy Sullivan

    Strange that the term “3D” isn’t even mentioned until the second to last sentence in the article. I am surprised that Sharp is going Active instead of Passive.

  • Matt

    It’s active 3d with the bluetooth glasses.

    I was merely lamenting the fact that they didn’t take the oppurtunity to make it passive given multiple benefits that format provides over active. The only downside has been, to a degree, resolution which 4k can rectify with pixels to spare.

  • Lee Nguyen

    Why passive 3D use a Bluetooth 3D glasses?

  • Matt

    Disappointed they didn’t apply the moth eye coating. Would like to see that tech start making some inroads. Also passive 3d would’ve been nice considering it’s 4k…

    Not that I could buy one anyways.

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