Sharps LV-70X500E television with an 8k resolution and a screen diagonal of 70 inches will appear in Europe at the end of April for a price of 11,999 euros. The company announced this during the IFA Global Press conference in Rome.
Europe follows Japan, where the LV-70X500E has been on the market as LC-70X500 since last year. Sharp admitted during the IFA event according to AVHub that the device is mainly intended to upscale 2k and 4k images, with the TV “improving” the image. In addition, the company focuses on users who want to display their own photos and video in high resolution, for example from a USB stick.
The television can receive 8k video via the four HDMI 2.0 ports together. In fact, four images are shown on the screen, which together provide an 8k resolution. This requires, for example, a PC with two video cards, so that there are enough HDMI connections. The device does not support HDMI 2.1. Sharp continues to focus on selling 8k cameras and receivers for a broad resolution ecosystem.
According to Sharp, there is an increase in demand for large televisions. In Europe, there would have been a 37 percent increase in TVs sold at the end of 2017 from 60″ to 69″ models, followed by 70″ models or larger, showing a 35 percent increase in sales. Sales of the 50″ to 54″ format are said to have fallen sharply.
The LV-70X500E LCD TV is the top model in the Aquos line and has an 8k resolution of 7680×4320 pixels and a backlight of several segments for HDR playback. The device supports hlg and hdr10, and could display 79 percent of the Rec2020 color space. The television consumes 470 watts and the weight is 45 kilograms. Sharp announced in August last year that the Aquos 8K in Europe would be released in March, but that will now be at the end of April.
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