“Am I looking at a TV or through a window?”
This is what’ll probably run through your head when you see Sharp’s newest gem.
Before I start babbling, let me get straight to the point. Last Thursday at Shangri-la Hotel Makati, Sharp unveiled their latest, and the most HD TV in the market currently — the AQUOS XU Series. Scratch that, these televisions are beyond HD. They have 8K resolution.
Yeah, this was my first reaction. The 4K resolution TVs and gadgets have not even fully spread throughout the market yet and Sharp bursts right in with an 8K TV. Now, that’s only one of the many features this new line boasts, let me list down all of it (using the least technical terms as possible):
Detail: 8K Resolution
I know said we won’t get technical here but the 8K resolution TV has 7680×4320 pixels or 66 million subpixels. That is 4 times what a 4K resolution has. When I create a canvas on Photoshop for when I create something for the web, the biggest I usually go for is 3000×3000 pixels…. so yeah, this is huge for me.
So what can you see with a resolution like this? Literally. Everything. You know those beautiful and subtle details you see in life? When your loved one’s hair is backlighted by the sunset, when the sun directly hits a pool or beach and it sparkles majestically, the twinkling lights in a vast city skyline… all that rendered beautifully in Sharp’s new AQUOS XU Series.
Color: Rich Color Pro
We all know what base colors TVs and basically any other monitor display, right? RGB. Red, green, Blue. However with Sharp’s new TVs, they added a 4th color — yellow. Those original three colors have been around for years and have produced millions of images for us to see. Just imagine what a 4th color would do, ey?
Contrast: Ultra Dynamic Range Pro
Simply, better contrast. Brighter things in real life are brighter in TV, and dimmer things in real life are dimmer in TV. Significantly more clear, crisp, and true to life.
Smart: XU Series Powered by Android TV
During the event, KC Montero did a little demo of this. Basically, just look at your Sharp AQUOS XU Series TV like a giant Android phone. Every multimedia feature you do on your phone, you can do with your TV. Netflix, Youtube, rent movies on Google Play… and more ;)
Tailored: Get Personal
As you use your TV and watch stuff online, it notes what you’re into, and so gives you a tailored list of recommendations the next time around. Also, you can directly speak to the remote, and wow, it gets what you say quite accurately, unlike some voice recognition features in other devices which are just plain annoying haha.
Console Style Gaming With Your TV — Without The Console
Like I said this TV is powered by Android, and online movies and Youtube aren’t the only stuff you can do with this tech, it can let you play Android games too! How cool is that? Bye Playstation, kidding I still love my Playstation. You can’t have too many consoles!
Built-in Google Cast
You can connect your Sharp TV not just to an Android device, but also to an iOS device and stream away with through all your synced devices. I love this, I hate when some brands are being discriminative of other brands/operating systems.
Sleek & Posh design
Gone are the days of clunky TVs… well actually this happened long ago, but Sharp just took it to the next level with their most premium look yet, with sleek aluminum frame that’s adjustable too! Just it case you want to put something beneath the edge of your screen.
Am I the only one who gets super annoyed when you’re trying to watch TV and your face (or any other thing in this matter), reflects on the TV? Like hello, I’m trying to view Brad Pit’s magnificent face why do I see my mom’s curtains on screen instead?? Well, with the new N-Black Panel tech that can produce richer blacks and greater contrast, which is also made with low reflection materials, that won’t be a problem anymore.
What’s a cool TV without an equally cool remote? It has shortcut buttons to your favorites, like Netflix, and also to your home screen where you can access your movies, recommendations, apps, games, settings, and the search bar. The remote also has this touch pad that reminds me of the Macbook’s touch pad. Makes everything a lot more convenient.
So that’s basically all the features of this super coolio TV.
What if you had an 8K TV, but you know, it’s way too advanced currently and there aren’t many devices that actually capture at 8K resolution. Wouldn’t it be hmmm… useless?
This question was actually addressed during the event, and I thought, “hey… onga no.” Same thoughts when I purchased a 4K action cam. Does the feature really matter when there aren’t much 4K TVs around yet?
In this case, yes, it does matter and it definitely won’t be useless when you do not have 8K material to view on your 8K TV. The TV actually enhances all material, 8K or not. It enhances your regular TV programming, it enhances your 1080 resolution movies in your hard drive, Netflix, Youtube videos. It’s amazing.
As a movie lover and a (softcore) gamer, this is something I’d like to have. I know my dad, actually, my whole family, would like this in our house. We love going on long movie marations together as we cram ourselves (all 6 of us) on our parents’ bed. Also like myself, my brothers are huge gamers. So I’m pretty excited to see how the PS4 games’ mind blowing graphics are going to look like on this TV.