Sharp unveils new XLED Mini LED TVs at CES

Sharp can usually be counted on to deliver some of the biggest screens to grace the halls of every CES in Las Vegas, and it looks set to continue that impressive trend when CES 2023 kicks off next week thanks to a 120-inch version of the new series of AQUOS XLED TVs.

While it will no doubt be that large display that will make headlines and, most likely, the front of Sharp’s booth, the entire AQUOS XLED lineup will actually make its world debut at CES. The big story with these premium TVs is that they will combine mini LED backlighting with Quantum Dot color systems and deploy sound systems that will see speakers placed above and below the screen to deliver a larger and more immersive sound field.

Mini LED TVs, if you’re not familiar with them, use much smaller LEDs to light their screens than with traditional LED sets, allowing manufacturers to fit far more of them into the same screen area. This allows Mini LED TVs to achieve much more precise, local control of light in a TV picture, opening the door to more brightness and greater contrast – especially if the huge increase in light sources is combined with a sophisticated local dimming system that can adjust the light coming out of different clusters of these tiny LEDs for any given shot.

The use of Quantum Dots to produce color on AQUOS XLED TVs, meanwhile, will allow the sets to deliver more color volume (saturation plus luminance) and a wider tonal range than you can get from traditional filter TVs.

Sharp has actually been selling a TV series called the AQUOS XLED EP1 in Japan since October that also uses Mini LED and Quantum Dot technologies, and it’s unclear at this point how different the AQUOS XLED sets coming to CES might be. . this series. However, Sharp emphasizes in its pre-CES announcement that the AQUOS XLEDs presented at CES are global models on display for the first time.

Official details on the new AQUOS XLED TVs beyond what’s already been covered are currently scarce – although it’s worth adding that Sharp describes them as “next-generation TVs that give viewers a vividly realistic sense of being really in the middle of the action.”

The only additional thing we can say for sure is that, as usual with Sharp’s CES king-size displays, the 120-inch AQUOS XLED display is actually openly described as a “prototype” that doesn’t carry a built-in tuner and is mounted. as suitable for digital signage or public display in commercial facilities as well as home theater operations. In other words, if you’re lucky enough to find yourself standing, jaw agape, in front of the 120-inch LED Sharp AQUOS at CES next week, you probably shouldn’t consider its performance representative of the more mainstream, live room-friendly models that will form the core of the AQUOS XLED series.

Anyone looking to hunt down Sharp’s new Mini LED monster at CES 2023 should note that the brand has taken up residence this year in the Petrus Ballroom at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel (3131 LAss Vegas Boulevard), rather than occupying its traditional space at the Convention Center of Las Vegas.

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