Considering Sharp’s 8K panels have been popping eyes on show floors for a few years now, and are already available in China and Japan, it was about time the brand finally brought the technology to the European market.
The LV-70X500E has an 8K LCD panel with a 7,680 x 4,320 resolution – offering four times more pixels than 4K screens and 16 times more than Full HD – and will be available at the end of April (a month later than originally planned) for a predictably staggering €11,999.
That’s just under twice the price of Samsung’s 2018 flagship 75in 4K QLED, the QE75Q9FN (opens in new tab), but more affordable than LG’s flagship 77in W8 wallpaper TV (£15k).
Thing is, the LV-70X500E doesn’t have a TV tuner. Instead, the monitor has eight HDMI inputs through which content can be played. There are four standard 4K ports, with the other four able to deliver a native 8K signal.
Still images in 8K can also be viewed from a USB stick.
As it will be some time before we see 8K content, it makes sense that the LV-70X500E has a processing engine to upconvert less-than-native content. Sharp claims the image is not merely ‘blown up’ but ‘visibly enhanced’. Samsung is also working on an intelligent upscaling algorithm for its 8K AI TV due later this year.
8K may still at the pie-in-the-sky stage but, whether we're ready for it or not, the 'next-gen' TV is at least starting to make waves.