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Panels made in Japan: Sharp’s 2020 4K TVs are now available in Singapore

By Ng Chong Seng - on 5 Oct 2020, 9:03am

Panels made in Japan: Sharp’s 2020 4K TVs are now available in Singapore

Note: Updated on 27th July 2021 to point out that all the TV models use the new processing engine.

Sharp 80" 4T-C80CL1X. (Image: Sharp.)

Sharp has announced that its latest 4K UHD TVs are now for sale in Singapore at a starting price of S$1,899.

Available in 50-, 60-, 70- and 80-inch screen sizes, there are many similarities between the new TVs. For one, all four use panels made in Japan and tout Sharp’s renowned Aquos picture-processing technology.

They also run Android TV, giving you access to more apps and games through the Google Play store. A remote control with built-in Google Assistant for voice control is also included. Casting to the big screen can also be easily done thanks to the TVs’ built-in Chromecast functionality.

While the 50-inch C50BK1X is priced at just S$1,899, the price increase isn’t linear as you go up the sizes. To be more specific, you’re looking at S$2,899 for the 60-inch 4T-C60CK1X, S$7,899 for the 70-inch C70BK1X and S$9,999 for the 80-inch 4T-C80CL1X.

One reason is that the higher-end models pack more advanced technologies. For instance, the 80-inch model is the only one with a Deep Chroma Display, which Sharp says uses a ‘six-axis colour management’ system to better produce subtle tones and achieve 123% wider colour gamut.

With the exception of the 70-inch C70BK1X that’s edge-lit, the TVs feature a direct LED backlight system. Driving all the screens is Sharp's X4 Master Engine Pro II, which is a newer version of Sharp’s 4K upscaler. Nonetheless, it should be clear that the 80-inch 4T-C80CL1X offers (on paper) the best picture quality as it has the aforementioned Deep Chroma Display for wider colours and higher brightness (others are listed as ‘standard’ brightness).

Connectivity-wise, not much separate the four TVs: they all have three HDMI ports, two USB ports and a LAN jack. And of course, with a built-in DVB-T2 tuner, they’re all ready for local digital TV.

Finally, to boost customers’ confidence, Sharp has also announced that all Sharp 4K TVs purchased from Aug 2020 will get complimentary 1-to-1 panel exchange within 3 years from the purchase date if there's any panel defect. As far as I know, Sharp is the only TV brand that includes this in the warranty.

The new Sharp 4K TVs are now available through Sharp’s official online stores and authorised dealers’ stores.

Source: Sharp.

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