Sharp Unveils 80-Inch Aquos LED LCD TV

Sharp introduced Tuesday its first 80-inch Aquos LCD TV, billed as the industry's "largest available LED" backlit set.     Sharp's John Herrington demonstrates the width of the company's new 80-inch screen size. The company also unveiled a new 70-inch screen size in the same mo
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Sharp has introduced its first 80-inch Aquos LCD TV, billed as the industry's "largest available LED" backlit set.

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Sharp's John Herrington demonstrates the width of the company's new 80-inch screen size.

The company also unveiled a new 70-inch screen size in the same model class.

The 80-inch model LC-80LE632U (available now at a $5,499 suggested retail) features full-array LED backlighting, a 120Hz Fine Motion refresh rate, built-in Wi-Fi, and the Aquos Advantage Smart TV app system.

The FullHD 1080p product does not include Sharp's four-color Quattron system, 3D capability or local dimming technology, but it does feature a 6,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Available apps on the set include Netflix, CinemaNow, and Vudu (among others) in addition to Advantage Live, which allows Sharp technicians to remotely service the set over an Internet connection.

The set conforms to the latest EnergyStar guidelines and has been measured to consume just $22 worth of electricity for a year of average use, Sharp said.

John Herrington, Sharp's U.S. president, pointed out that huge display offers more than twice the viewing area of a conventional 55-inch set.

"It's truly like nothing else on the market," he said. "Consumers want bigger flat-panel TVs for deeper, more immersive viewing experiences, and that's exactly what Sharp's delivering here."

Mark Viken, Sharp marketing VP, said the display will be sold through those Sharp dealers with the clientele to support a large display. Among the launch partners are Magnolia, hhgregg, Fry's and P.C. Richard.

Viken said it will not be open to Internet distribution at this time.

The 80-inch set is said to measure less than 4 inches deep and weigh 130 pounds.

Viken said the 80-inch-class screen size should help Sharp keep its No. 1 market share position in 60-inch and larger LED LCD segment.

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