Sharp Begins Selling LE653/654 Full HD LED TVs
Mahwah, N.J. – Sharp said this week that its AQUOS LE653 series and 65-inch LC65LE654U Full HD Smart TVs are now available at authorized dealers across the country.
The Sharp LE653/LE654 series models have 1920-by-1080 (progressively scanned) pixel resolution, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and SmartCentral Apps for smart TV. SmartCentral provides a full web browser, plus instant access to such popular streaming services as Netflix, YouTube, Pandora music and others.
More on the Sharp LE653 and LE654 TVs after the jump:
A word of caution, however, for those who subscribe to Amazon Prime: Sharp sets do not include direct-access apps to Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming, and the company told HD Guru that the e-commerce giant’s streaming video service cannot be accessed via the built-in web browser. That means that anyone who buys one of these sets and wants to access Amazon Instant Video on it, will have to invest in an outboard digital media adapter, like a Fire TV box or stick, stream the service from a smartphone or tablet and cast it to the TV screen using a number of available “mirroring” apps and/or hardware; or have an Amazon-friendly streaming Blu-ray Disc player attached to the set.
Other features include, dual-core processors, 3 HDMI inputs/1 with MHL, 1 USB (in 43-, 48-, 55-, 65-inch models); 2 HDMI/1 with MHL, and 1 USB (in 32-, 40-inch models.).
The LE653 and 65-inch LE654 series models all have bezels with “sleek, modern styling.” The five LE653 models include: the 32-, 40-, 43-, 48-, and 55-inch screen sizes. There is only a single 65-inch LE654 model.
Additionally, select LE653 series models are equipped with AquoMotion 120 (in 43-, 48-, 55-inch models). The LC65LE654 includes AquoMotion 240 (in the 65-inch model only). AquoMotion is Sharp’s terminology for smooth image enhancement of fast moving subjects (or quick pans) with reduced blur. A Sharp spokesperson confirmed that the LE653 models have 60Hz native refresh rates. The 65-inch LE654 model has a native 120Hz refresh rate.
Other features include Wallpaper Mode, built-in 20-watt audio systems and an ultra-narrow bezel cabinet design. The LE653/LE654 includes a dual-core processor, built-in Wi-Fi , Web browser, and offers flash and HTML5 support.
The LE653/LE654 is now shipping to retailers nationwide at the following suggested retail prices:
32-inch LC-32LE653U: $349.99
40-inch LC-40LE653U: $439.99
43-inch LC-43LE653U: $479.99
48-inch LC-48LE653U: $599.99
55-inch Sharp LC-55LE653U: $749.99
65-inch LC65LE654U: $1,199.99
By Greg Tarr
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