While different electronics corporations are only getting to consumer 4K screens, Sharp is once more specializing in the subsequent decision milestone. Today, Sharp formally announced its 8K AQUOS televisions can be coming to Japan & China in Dec., with releases in Taiwan & Europe planned for early 2018.
Sharp has-been pushing near-8K screens (7,680 x four,320) since 2015, although its 1st models after in that yr boasting true 8K had a consumer-unfriendly $130,000 price ticket. However the issue was not accuracy — it was lack of content recorded at such a high decision to truly take pleasure in on the flamboyant screens. Watching 4K content is not much totally different whether or not you are watching on a 4K or an 8K screen.
Ergo, Sharp’s announcement blitz today additionally introduced a company initiative referred to as “8K Ecosystem” devoted to refining the method & tech of shooting, editing, storing & broadcasting content in 8K. Sharp’s new TVs will not make much of a splash if there is not material in that solely their screens can show off, and there is little or no 8K content within the wild.
It is the same chicken-egg drawback in that 4K confronted at first, although some pressure from outside the business might nudge 8K alongside. Japan’s telecommunications ministry is pushing for production & broadcasting of 8K technology by next yr to make sure systems are prepared for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, in accordance to The Japan Times.
Sharp will begin selling its 8K AQUOS TVs in China & Japan after this yr. Then it’ll release AQUOS models as 8K monitors for release in Taiwan in Feb. 2018 & Europe in Mar. — still no official plans for a US release. Sharp has not listed a price for these screens, still a source told the Nikkei Asian Assessment that they may begin at 1 million yen (or about $9,000).