After announcing its 2016 lineup of 4K, HDR-enabled TVs at CES earlier this year, Sharp has been releasing various series slowly but surely, with the N7000 series being released in May. If you’ve been holding out for an even bigger screen than the 65-inch model offered in that series, the wait is over.
On Monday, Sharp announced that its Aquos 4K Smart N8000 TV series is finally coming to retailers nationwide. And even though the company refers to it as a series, there is currently only one model available here: the 75-inch LC-75N8000U.
The N8000 features a total of four HDMI inputs, with two supporting HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 for 4K and HDR sources, offering a wider color gamut of over one billion colors, according to Sharp. AquoDimming multi-zone local dimming offers deeper blacks, while the company’s AquoMotion proprietary backlight scanning aims to improve motion in fast-moving scenes. For older sources, the N8000 includes a built-in upscaler to offer both SD and HD content in “near 4K” quality.
In addition to support for external 4K sources, the N8000 series includes a built-in 4K media player, as well as smart TV functionality. Instead of opting for a solution like Android TV, Sharp uses its own proprietary tile-based interface, but all the apps you’d expect are available, including Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Instant Video. Internet connectivity is provided by built-in dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and there is even a built-in web browser for accessing services and sites that don’t have an app available.
The Sharp Aquos N8000 retails for $3,200 and is shipping now. If the price tag or screen size are a little too large for you but you still want 4K and HDR, the N7000 series offers models starting at $500 for a 43-inch class screen. For more information, see the Sharp website.
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