Being the world’s first manufacturer to develop an Ultra-HD television featuring a 7680×4320 resolution, Sharp still has an edge over its rivals on the 8K front. At IFA next week the company plans to showcase its latest 8K devices, including the world’s largest liquid crystal display as well as an 8K TV with an integrated 5G modem.

Sharp’s next-generation 120-inch display with an 8K resolution will be the pinnacle of the company’s (and the industry’s) LCD technology as previously screens of this size used other types of panels. Sharp does not disclose refresh rate of the giant monitor or its peak brightness, but we do know that Sharp's 2nd Generation commercial 8K UHDTVs featured a 100/120 Hz refresh rate as well as 400 - 1000 nits brighness for SDR and HDR content, respectively. Whether this one will or not will depend on its manufacturing feasibility and commercial potential.

Another interesting 8K device that Sharp plans to demonstrate at IFA will be its 8K display with a built-in 5G modem designed specifically for museums and schools. The 8K Viewer with 5G enables remote viewing of art (or architecture) masterpieces or highly-detailed images/videos needed for education with a naked eye remotely (and with a certain level of interactivity, provided that there is an appropriate infrastructure).

In fact, Sharp plans to create a so-called 8K+5G ecosystem whereby ultra-high-resolution videos and images will be delivered over a 5G network to the end user or to the Internet. For example, a camcorder equipped with a 5G modem will be able to broadcast 8K video with HDR to the Internet without using a smartphone. Considering the fact that an 8K video stream with ultra-wide color gamut will require bandwidth of at least 512 Gbps (Ultra HD Blu-ray’s 128 Gbps × 4), 5G will make a lot of sense for such a broadcast, but to enjoy it one will need a fast Internet connection as well.

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  • DanNeely - Friday, August 30, 2019 - link

    Of course we all know the real reason they're integrating a 5g modem in is so that you can't opt out of the #InternetOfShit spyware it has built in by refusing to connect it to your network and using it as a dumb display with any streaming service provided by external devices.
  • Oxford Guy - Monday, September 2, 2019 - link

    Don't forget the microphone that's built into everything these days.

    If it doesn't have a camera, a microphone, and an always-on internet connection it's not "smart".
  • futrtrubl - Friday, August 30, 2019 - link

    "Be Original." Copy pastes the press release.
  • Oxford Guy - Monday, September 2, 2019 - link

    8K television

    A solution not in need of a problem.

    The problem definitely exists: how to convince consumers to waste money on a product that don't need.

    But, it's not like they know anything about human visual acuity and television/film-watching distances.

    Nvidia is drooling. $15,000 GPUs anyone?
  • BMNify - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - link

    TOKYO ● 2020

    TOKYO Olympics is on Friday, 24 July 2020, 20:00(JPN) !!
    324 days 14 hours 38 min 41sec
  • BMNify - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - link

    you should probably be asking all the vendors where are the current official UHD2 8K [almost] 120hz gfx displays that can decode and display the official hardware hybrid log gamma
    NHK 24 July 2020 Summer Olympics UHD2 8K 120hz standard satalite test channel public broadcasting since december 2018.

    324 days 14 hours 38 min 41sec away and counting...

    as in NHK/bbc ENGINEERING have been telling the whole electronics world for at least 6+years this official spec use case they will be using for the 24 July 2020 Olympics end user/consumer public broadcasts and beyond, IPTV etc, so no real excuse.

    "NHK:The picture quality of the broadcasts -will be- is 16 x greater than that of [full] HD, and audio -will be- is delivered in 22.2 multi-channel. NHK -will be- is broadcasting in frame rates of 59.94, 60 and 120P."

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