Sharp will be the first company to sell an 8K TV to consumers, with the company revealing an October 30 release date.
The Super Hi-Vision 8K display first appeared at CES 2015, but there was no indication that it would be offered for sale at any point in the future; after all many manufacturers have shown off 8K concepts.
Unfortunately, while it is technically a TV, the tuner cannot receive 8K content – meaning those wanting to enjoy 8K footage will have to utilise the LV-85001 as a monitor.
There’s also the matter of there not being any 8K content actually available at the moment; which is why Sharp is targeting professionals and early-adopters alike.
Sharp’s 8K display boasts a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320, 16 times that of 1080p, as well as the company’s proprietary IGZO technology.
So how can 8K content be viewed? Well, it’s not easy.
Due to current limits within the HDMI standards, users will have to plug in the content to all four of its HDMI inputs at the same time, just to have enough bandwidth.
Then there’s the price; the Sharp LV-85001 doesn’t come cheap.
At 16,000,000 yen, which translates to £86,677, it is a TV strictly for the elite; but even then will they want it?
While 8K has been privately tested for a number of years, mostly in Japan, public tests are not due until next year.
Even then, the first broadcast isn’t scheduled until 2018, by which point 8K’s price would have likely plummeted and more TV manufacturers will be on board.