Sharp presents 4096 x 2160 consumer LCD TV screen

October 6, 2010

In a high definition world, 1080p has been the latest standard for LCD screens. All of that is quickly changing thanks to Sharp Corporation's newest LCD prototype that boasts a whopping four-times higher resolution display than the standard full HD.

With a resolution of 4096 x 2160, the 64-inch display was designed to meet the changing needs of the motion picture industry. Studios are changing from film to digital media, so it makes sense for resolutions to change, also.

A company spokesperson says this is the first time an LCD has been produced with a resolution this high. The previous version, unveiled last year in Yokohama, Japan, measured only 56 inches with a lower resolution of 3840p x 2160p.

The prototype was on display this week at the CEATEC expo in Chiba, Japan.

Back in January, Panasonic presented a 150-inch, 11 feet-wide, 4,096 x 2,160 resolution plasma TV at the . Though it's creation, much like Sharp's latest consumer LCD, remain concept designs that won't soon be found in stores.

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not rated yet Oct 06, 2010
And now, in addition to 4:3, 16:9, and 16:10, we add 256:135. *WHY*? Why this incessant need for larger and larger aspect ratios? Will we soon have a screen with a 3:1 ratio? 4:1 ratio?
not rated yet Oct 06, 2010
These sort of resolutions would make more sense for a computer monitor. But we need to go back to a more square aspect ration. The human field of view is not a letter box slot, but more like a circle. The manufacturers seem to be targeting the movie market.
1 / 5 (1) Oct 07, 2010
Open your eyes Graeme, our field of view, including peripheral vision is wider by at least a 2:1 ratio. even slightly more if your roll your eyes side to side and up and down without moving your head.
not rated yet Oct 07, 2010
But we can't *make* a monitor exactly match and fill the full field of view - as not everyone has the same field of view. So raising the aspect ratio doesn't do that much good, really - I mean, who sits so close to their screen that they see *NOTHING* else but screen? I've got a 16x10 screen - and it's really really nice - but I can't honestly see a need to have it even *WIDER* without getting taller.
not rated yet Oct 10, 2010
Higher source resolution improves quality. For nearly a century movie 'purists' have claimed that the small dots on movie film were 'artistic effects' not processing defects from chemical limitations.
When I view the world, I do not 'yet' see dots. I do not see the world in 640x480, nor 720x480, nor 1280x720, nor 1920x1080, nor 2560x1440, nor 4096x2160. At some point (relatively soon) the resolution will exceed my human capacity to determine.
As computers become faster than your ability to comprehend, additional speed increases are transparent. More information is transmitted whether comprehended or not.
not rated yet Oct 10, 2010
You're missing the point, rgwalther - it's not about resolution, but *aspect ratio*, aka how wide the screen is versus how tall it is. This new format has an aspect ratio of 1.9, vs. the 1.8 of 16:9, and the 1.33 of traditional analog TV.

I know why the movie makers keep upping the aspect ratio of the movies - it forces the adaptation of the films to video formats to use the black bars that so many find annoying. But my point remains - nobody sits so the screen fills their *ENTIRE* field of view, so why keep raising the aspect ratio?
not rated yet Oct 17, 2010
Very good Sharp! Keep pushing the envelop. In next 10 years we will have Ultra HD with 3D! Wow!

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