The 4K Ultra HD televisions could very soon be topped by new technology coming from Sharp.
Sharp Corporation reportedly plans to start selling the world's first Super Hi-Vision 85-inch 8Kmonitors, which will hit the market in Oct with a price tag of $133,000.
The company’s ultra-HD TV will be sold commercially, but will mostly be used by enterprises to test 8K technology before the company officially launches it.
The pixel resolution of the 8K format is almost 16 times greater than full high-definition televisions and four times better than 4K models, which means that the pictures are so highly detailed that they appear as if they are 3D.
Many would see the Japanese electronics giant as an innovator following the move, as the world is still adapting 4K TVs. The new technology is broadly anticipated to be beyond consumers, while it might also have practical applications in businesses.
The ultra HD television allows people to view 8K content by linking the source material through all 4 of its HDMI 2.0 ports at the same time, with every unit offering 3,840 x 2,160 Ultra HD resolution. The LV-85001 does have a TV tuner built in, but there’s no actual 8K content being broadcast at the moment.
The 8K television boasts a screen resolution of 7680 pixels by 4320 pixels, and offers 104 ppi video making it eight times the resolution of a standard HD TV. The screen will utilize Sharp’s IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) backplane and various other technologies by the company. The images are so detailed that every frame offers an ultra-HD images that is equivalent to a 33.2MP picture. The television has a 176-degree watching angle that enable users to watch the content from the sides as well. It's claimed that the TV's contrast ratio is 100,000:1 that significantly boosts the quality of the picture.
On the whole, Sharp’s new TV, the LV-85001, will provide extreme clarity and optimum viewing experience, which is not currently available elsewhere. The company has been teasing audiences with the prospect of 8K for many years, first showcasing a prototype of the futuristic TV in 2012 the IFA tech show in Berlin and CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.
A Japanese broadcaster, NHK, streamed 8K content during the soccer World Cup in2014, and has revealed plans to broadcast 8K content through satellites.