“The products we are showcasing demonstrate Sharp’s passion for creating innovative technologies that exceed consumers’ expectations,” said John Herrington, president of Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation. “From large screen televisions to interactive touchscreen displays to the latest in solar technology, the products on display are designed to enhance people's lives at home, work, and everywhere in between.”
A highlight of Sharp’s CES introductions is the LC-80LE844U 80-inch (80-inch diagonal) class AQUOS® 3D LED TV. It is the world’s first 80-inch screen size class 3D LED TV, offering more than double the screen area of a 55-inch class. The full HD 1080p LC-80LE844U features Sharp’s Quattron™ technology for more colors and the brightest 3D images, with full array LED backlighting and 240Hz to virtually eliminate blur during fast-moving video. It also offers built-in WiFi, and access to the most popular apps such as Netflix®, Hulu®, Facebook®, CinemaNow® and YouTube™ through Sharp’s new SmartCentral™ smart TV user interface.
Details of the new products and technologies showcased at CES:
A BIG TV Line-Up
Sharp will be launching its full line of 2012 AQUOS LED TVs, ranging in size from 32-inch (31 ½-inch diagonal) to 80-inch (80-inch diagonal) screen size classes and includes more than 20 models with screen sizes of 60-inches or larger, with many of those models featuring 3D. Many large screen models have built-in WiFi and all 60-inch+ class models will feature Sharp’s new SmartCentral smart TV user interface. All AQUOS Quattron models feature the new Quad Pixel Plus II, which offers even greater detail and smoother lines and color transitions. The 9 Series features full array LED backlighting with local dimming to improve picture quality and deliver a superior viewing experience. Sharp AQUOS LED TVs meet ENERGY STAR™ standard version 5.3 and all Sharp 60-inch+ class LED TVs average less than $22 of electricity per year.
A newly designed, customizable and intuitive user interface, Sharp’s SmartCentral™ is designed to be the hub of the Sharp TV experience. Models incorporating the full screen SmartCentral interface feature picture-in-picture, content search, web browsing capability, and access to the most popular apps including Facebook, YouTube, Flickr®, and Netflix. In addition, users will be able to set up to four members of the household with a customizable interface and favorites for each user. SmartCentral will be available on all new 60-inch class and larger Sharp AQUOS LED TVs. Another smart feature is Sharp AQUOS Beamzit™, a free media-sharing app that allows users to wirelessly send photos, music and video to a Sharp AQUOS Wi-Fi enabled television from their IOS® or Android™ smart phone or tablet.*
Most smart TVs from Sharp come equipped with Sharp’s unique, complimentary AQUOS Advantage LiveSM customer support program. AQUOS Advantage Live allows trained advisors to remotely connect via the Internet to AQUOS TVs to assist with setup, troubleshooting and picture optimization.
Seeing is Believing with ICC-4K
In its efforts to provide consumers with the best big entertainment viewing experiences, Sharp unveiled its ICC-4K LED TV*. Developed jointly with I-cubed Research Center Inc, ICC-4K provides four times 1080p resolution, resulting in a much higher picture quality. ICC, Integrated Cognitive Creation Technology, presents a clearer more lifelike image. The ICC-4K technology achieves not only intelligently up-scales from HD to 4K but also real-viewing equivalent to the natural world.
For consumers looking for ultra-thin LED TVs that offers flexible placement within the home, Sharp presented its AQUOS Freestyle concepts. Shown in four screen size classes from 20-inch class (20 1/25” diagonal), 32- (31 ½” diagonal), 40- (40” diagonal) and 60-inch class (60 1/32”) -- AQUOS Freestyle models feature a significantly slimmer and lighter design than most LED TVs. These TVs receive high definition video via WiFi so they can be easily positioned just about anywhere in the home where there is a power outlet.
The Best of the Best
Sharp is also showcasing the highly acclaimed, award-winning ELITE LED TV series. Industry pundits have called Elite televisions the best picture quality available in the market and the Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) named the Elite TV Video Product of the Year. Sharp’s Elite LED TVs are designed to be the best televisions ever created. The result of a unique and exciting collaboration between Sharp and Pioneer®, two of the world’s leading audio/video product manufacturers, Elite LED TVs feature some of the most innovative video and audio technologies available on the market to provide discerning audiophiles, videophiles and luxury consumers an unparalleled home theater experience.
Sharp unveiled its latest 3D ready high-definition DLP® home theater projector. Providing unparalleled 3D visuals, the XV-Z30000 features 50000:1 contrast ratio and 1600 ANSI lumens to deliver superior brightness and astounding clarity. A 6-Segment 5x Color Wheel provides for flicker-free, high-grade images and accurate color reproduction. The XV-Z30000 allows for flexible installation options and easy adjustment with center lens and lens shift. It incorporates DLP technology with mirror-based components to use light more efficiently by bringing more light from lamp to screen. The dual IC XV-Z30000 reproduces high quality 3D pictures with virtually no cross talk.
Interactive Display System
The best viewing experiences don’t need to be confined to the home. At CES 2012, Sharp showcased its state of the art interactive meeting room display, bringing big screen collaborative technology to the workplace, the PN-L802B. Sharp’s 80-Inch Class (80” diagonal) Full-Array LED Backlit Touch-Panel Display is a complete interactive and digital solution for collaborative meetings, presentations, video conferencing, live data and interactive digital signage. This digital meeting solution offers full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, providing a higher quality visual display than a traditional projector, in addition to the touch-screen capabilities, creating a truly hands-on experience.
Not Just a Blu-ray™ Player
As the large screen TV has become the centerpiece to most entertainment centers, aggregating content from various sources is a key interest of consumers. Sharp will showcase two new multi-function AQUOS Media Stations, the BD-AMS10U and BD-AMS20U. Both models f