Sharp seems to think that 4K technology is already passé as they’ve moved a few steps ahead and announced the world’s first production ready 8K display that they intend to have launched as early as October of this year in the form the LV-85001 TV. Forget about the fact that it’s 85 inches of pure Super Hi-Vision visuals, what makes it so outrageous at this particular juncture is that we barely have enough of 4K content available to sustain that existing technology. If the reports are to be believed, this type of super hi-def content will only be making debut broadcast tests sometime next year with actual broadcasts expected sometime in 2018.
The LV-85001 display will feature a built in TV tuner, not that it’ll help much at the moment, four HDMI 2.0 inputs to support the content (all four would need to be plugged in), and the company’s IGZO panel that supports a 176 degree viewing angle and a contrast ratio is 100,000:1. The resolution – 7680 x 4320 – is about 16 times that of the standard and somewhat low grade in context, HD display of 1080p.
The cost of this spectacular display is a whopping $133,000 (¥16 million), but for the time being, regular consumers can start hoarding away their money as the monitor will only be available for professional purposes via Sharp’s business-to-business sales unit. With 4K content still making its way to the home-front, rest assured it’ll be a long wait to see anything in the 8K variety, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait, and Sharp already has a lead on the competition.
[Via – AV Watch – Japanese]