Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp yesterday afternoon unveiled their 90-inch television – and according to the company is also the first of its kind in the world.
“Demand doubled for televisions bigger than 60-inches in the US and it’s growing dramatically across the world. Sharp has a strong presence across the world, and we want to bring that presence to South Africa,” said Sharp Director Warren Kyle during the launch event.
He went on to explain that Sharp makes use of a number of unique technologies that have been developed by the company, such as X-Gen and Quattron, and that Sharp has a competitive price point while delivering a personalised service. Kyle also added that Sharp has a 78% market share in television sets bigger than 60-inches in US.
As for the newly-unveiled 90-inch, it weighs only 64kg and measures around 2m in width and 1.2m in height. With a Full HD resolution size of 1920×1080, it’s made in Japan with Sharp’s Aquos LED panel. The unit also has the ability to convert 2D images and video in 3D.
With Sharp’s AquoMotion 200/240, it reduces motion blur of images and also makes use of their X-Gen panel with UV2A technology. In terms of connectivity, the unit is internet-ready, as it has the ability to connect to social media websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter through Wi-Fi.
The company also partnered with Yamaha to outfit the unit with Yamaha’s AudioEngine for 3D surround sound, and produces 2D sound through SRS. Its DLNA certified, has the ability to play DivX files, has 10-bit processing, and is MHL-enabled.
Sharp has a number of models available in South Africa, with the 60-inch starting at R20 000, the 80-inch at R125 000, and the 90-inch fetches a price tag of over R200 000. Users interested in any Sharp model, can find more information at www.sharpworld.co.za
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Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor