Sharp Beyond 4K TV: The Ultra High-Def Dream Television
4K wasn't good enough for the majority of TV manufacturers at this year's CES. All of the top-flight displays had to feature at least one proprietary image quality enhancement, to prove they aren't content to sit on their ultra high-def laurels. And while some of those supposed feats of technological innovation were either too subtle to notice, or simply marketing language run amok, Sharp isn't making empty promises. The company's Beyond 4K TV is true to its name, creating more effective image detail by carving up regular pixels into subpixels. This approach is an offshoot of last year's Quattron Plus TVs, whose image resolution appeared to sit somewhere between HD and UHD. Now, the Beyond 4K TV's 66 million versatile, programmable subpixels (which comes to 44 million more than what a standard 4K TV has to work with, according to Sharp) nudges it past 4K, into territory that no other company is offering in 2015. It's also absolutely stunning, standing out in a show filled with incredible TVs, and delivering the most 3D-like effect we've seen from a UHD set. Sharp hasn't announced a price, or a specific release window, just a confirmation that the only size available some time in 2015 will be the 80-inch behemoth on display at CES.
[Sharp Beyond 4K TV; sharpusa.com]