Sharp’s 120in 8K display won"t be turning up at your local electrical retailer any time soon. For now, at least, it’s merely a prototype designed to secure headlines and attract interest – & in that sense, it’s mission accomplished.

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The current IFA technology show in Berlin has presented the burgeoning world of 8K televisions with two new extremes. At the small end of the spectrum, Samsung took the wraps off the first commercially available 55in 8K TV. However, the new – và frankly more exciting – record for biggest 8K ever goes to lớn Sharp, with its new 120in monster.

Partly because Samsung had stuck its 55-inch 8K TV at the đứng đầu of its stand’s massive 8K display, thereby requiring a ladder to lớn peruse properly, & partly because it’s debatable if 8K is really worth having on a screen smaller than 65 inches, we decided our First Look time would be better spent in front of Sharp’s new 8K monster.

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Sharp’s record-breaking 120in 8K TV.

Sharp 120-inch 8K TV picture quality – A jaw-dropping performer

Unlike Samsung’s 55in 8K debutante, Sharp’s 120in record-breaker wasn’t exactly hard khổng lồ find. It dominated the entrance to lớn the company’s IFA stand lượt thích an extra wall. Seriously, it’s hard khổng lồ express just how huge a 120in screen appears compared next to lớn the suddenly puny-looking 85/88in 78K TVs by other brands exhibiting at IFA.

Given that 8K’s impact becomes more apparent with every inch you địa chỉ cửa hàng to a TV screen, it’s entirely logical for Sharp lớn use screen form size to push its own 8K credentials. Especially in a year where the brand wants khổng lồ draw attention lớn its newly announced drive lớn create a “8K+5G” Ecosystem. This is based on the idea that 5G is the best solution khổng lồ delivering the huge amounts of data associated with 8K video streaming.

As you’d hope, the impact of putting 7680 x 4320 pixels into a 120in screen is blindingly obvious to anyone who beholds it. People involved in the tech world who are familiar with lower-resolution big screens will instantly appreciate the extra sharpness và detail, as well as the lack of any visible px structure.

However, even regular consumers can instantly appreciate how much more life-like và immediate the Sharp 120in screen’s 8K pictures look. It was almost funny to lớn see how the screen stopped IFA visitors in their tracks on glimpsing it, with often heard comments such as “it’s lượt thích looking through a window” and “it’s like actually being there”.

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Sharp’s record-breaking 120in 8K TV.

Every good 8K screen I’ve seen thus far has delivered a feeling that you’re no longer looking at a screen. However, none have done it on as grand và jaw-dropping scale as Sharp’s 120in model.

Detail levels are so extreme that you almost stop thinking of them as details. In fact, you stop thinking of the picture as being made up of pixels. The three-dimensional feel that 8K’s detailing delivers in conjunction with high dynamic range is more intense than usual at the epic, view-filling scale this Sharp screen provides.

Despite its colossal size, Sharp delivers pictures that are impressively bright. They showed no problem competing with some exceptionally harsh IFA show-floor lighting – aided & abetted by an impressively low-reflection screen.

In addition, it was great lớn see that Sharp has gone khổng lồ the trouble of equipping its 120in showcase with a wide enough colour range lớn avoid the bleaching effect you get on screens that push brightness beyond the levels with which their colour performance can cope. On the contrary, the most colourful images in Sharp’s thử nghiệm reel look gorgeously vibrant & rich.

The screen’s contrast also seems pretty good. There’s none of that milky, flat look to lớn the imagery that’s a sure sign of low-contrast screens. What’s more (and very impressively considering it size), its light controls appear accurate và localised enough khổng lồ deliver some super-punchy HDR highlights in shots of the sun, street lights & night-time thành phố windows.

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Sharp’s record-breaking 120in 8K TV.

Even better, these bright highlights didn’t appear with obvious backlight “halos” around them.

I did spot a few issues, though. On occasion, skin tones looked a cảm biến jaundiced. Also, while the screen actually supports a quite wide viewing angle by LCD standards, you can see slightly more blooming around bright objects as you move further down the screen’s sides. One or two shots containing mellow, relatively uniform colours in the background appear to pulse slightly.

Also, whenever the red Sharp hình ảnh sản phẩm on a trắng background crops up in the thử nghiệm real, some parts of the screen clearly look darker than others – almost as if a shadow was being cast on them. This reveals the difficulties of achieving uniform lighting across such screen acreage.

Finally, the level of heat emitted by this massive screen is incredible. You can feel it from as far as 2m away; by the time you venture within a metre lớn try lớn spot physical pixel structure, you’re starting to feel lượt thích a microwave dinner. I shudder to think how much power it’s burning through.

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Sharp 120-inch 8K TV – Early verdict

Sharp’s 120in 8K display won’t be turning up at your local electrical retailer any time soon. For now, at least, it’s merely a prototype designed to secure headlines và attract interest – and in that regard, it’s mission accomplished.

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After all, while most of us mere mortals obviously won’t ever be able lớn contemplate fitting a 120in display into our homes, once you’ve seen the incontrovertible evidence of what 8K can bởi on Sharp’s IFA showstopper, any ideas you might have that 8K can’t make a difference to lớn picture unique will surely have been well và truly put to lớn bed.