Sharp staged the European premiere of the world’s first Super Hi-Vision capable LCD display. The next-generation television format, with about 33 million pixels (7680 x 4320) will have 16 times higher resolution than today’s HDTV. The prototype, which is still named 8K4K after its resolution, is a further development of the Sharp 4K2K display, which is already available as a system component delivering 8.8 million pixels (4096 x 2160), or four times the resolution of the HDTV standard.
The 8K4K is the world’s first monitor that is capable of displaying Super Hi-Vision, which Sharp says is the TV format of tomorrow, also known as Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV). The 8K4K is based on Sharp’s UV2A technology. This system uses a process by which the liquid crystals in LCD panels can be precisely positioned by means of UV light. Precise alignment of the molecules in a given direction aids high dynamic contrast and an increase of more than 20% in aperture ratio. The increased contrast and higher aperture ratio result in extremely high picture quality, delivering, Sharp says, a unique viewing experience that is particularly vivid and true to life.