If you think 4K still has a content problem, you’ll probably want to give Sharp’s latest display a miss. That also applies to anyone without ¥16 million ($133,000) to blow, because that’s how much you’ll need for what is technically the world’s first production 8K TV, the LV-85001. Technically, because although this 85-inch monitor does have a TV tuner inside, it won’t pick up any 8K content yet — though it may be used to help with broadcast tests next year.
Instead, Sharp is positioning the panel as a monitor for businesses that can make use of the ultra-high resolution. 8K is 7680 x 4320, which works out to 104 pixels per inch at the 85-inch size; actual 8K output requires the use of four HDMI 2.0 inputs. Sharp says the IGZO panel’s contrast ratio is 100,000:1 with viewing angles of 176 degrees. It’ll be available to business customers from October 31st, following a demonstration at the CEATEC trade show early next month.