TV news continues to pour in from CES, this time from Sharp with its new range of AQUOS XLED sets that look to upscale the latest TV tech to a whopping 120-inch screen size.
Let’s get one thing straight: what exactly is XLED? This is Sharp’s branding for combining Mini-LED with a Quantum Dot filter layer; this combination may sound familiar, as it was seen last year on the Samsung QN95B Neo-QLED. Sharp has been selling an XLED model that combines Mini-LED and Quantum Dot technology in Japan since October 2022, but CES 2023 will be the global launch of these TVs.
This combination should deliver excellent contrast, with the advanced localized light control of the Mini LEDs helping with this, as well as enabling deeper black levels. The Quantum Dot layer provides extra brightness and more powerful and vibrant colors. This combination sounds like a winner to us, so hopefully the performance will deliver as well as it did on paper.
While more traditional TVs will be available in this range, the big news is the 120-inch model. However, it is worth clarifying that this model is currently a prototype and will be intended for use in business and commercial environments. This means that the performance is not necessarily compatible with other “traditional” TVs. You may want to opt for the slightly smaller models instead, and while we don’t know exactly what screen sizes Sharp will offer, it already sells a 65-inch XLED in China, which should indicate more traditional screen sizes.
We’ve talked enough about the screen, what about the sound? Sharp equips these sets with speakers that sit below and above the panel, which will supposedly provide a wider and more engaging sound field.
If you’re at CES right now and want to witness the massive 120-inch Sharp AQUOS XLED, you can find it in the Petrus Ballroom at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel.
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