Driving a TV onto stage on the top of a car may seem a little over the top, but Sharp felt this was a great way to fully display how impressive their 80″ Series 8 AQUOS model is, and we’re inclined to agree.
Despite 80″seeming a little large for the consumer market, we were shown a video of consumers raving about the new TV size, so it seems that the product sells itself, and the vivid colours and smart processing engine make viewing a dream.
The TV is available in three class sizes of 60 inch, 70 inch and 80 inch, and the 80 inch model packs the most punch. An ultra slim bezel gives the TV a sleek appearance and the black brushed aluminum finish makes its look very stylish. The 80 inch model features full array LED whilst the smaller models are edge lit LED and all feature 1080p, built-in WiFi and the brand new SmartCentral interface.
The new 80 inch TV builds on the LC-80LE632U model released in September 2011. Using LED backlighting you can view crystal clear images, with the 240Hz AQUOS LCD panel eliminating blur from action shots. It also features four HDMI outputs and has the new Quad Pixel Plus II which offers greater picture quality with smoother lines and colour transitions.
All owners of AQUOS connected TV’s automatically get free access to AQUOS Advantage LIVE, Sharp’s dedicated customer support program. This is more exciting than it sounds as not only do you get 24/7 help, but if you’re struggling with settings, an adviser can remotely set up and customize your TV for you.
SmartCentral is the big draw with the new AQUOS TV line, as it makes using connected TVs a doddle. It features an easy to use dashboard that can be accessed whilst you still watch live TV or video (similar to EPG’s we’re familiar with) and the full screen mode helps you scroll through and select the correct app. Models come with pre-installed apps that include Netflix, Hulu, Facebook and YouTube and you can customize everything from app layout to the background wallpaper of the page. You’re also able to send content to your TV using the Sharp AQUOS Beamzit App, which is free to install ion an Android or Apple OS and lets you send movies and images straight from your phone to the TV.
The Series 8 80 inch AQUOS HDTV’s will be introduced in April 2012, priced from $3,199- $6,499 depending on the model