Sharp unveils 'affordable' 80-inch television

Sharp has unveiled the largest LED-backlit TV on the market with the 80-inch LC-80LE632U. It's coming in the next few weeks.

The Sharp Aquos LC-80LE632U Ty Pendlebury/CNET

Sharp has taken the wraps off the largest consumer LCD, the 80-inch LC-80LE632U, which will be available in early October for $5,499.

The non-Quattron LC-80LE632U features a full-array LED backlight, but according to Sharp isn't a "premium" television and so is missing features like local dimming and even 3D. It does feature a 1080p resolution and 120Hz mode, though.

The TV also features "smart," wireless functionality with "hundreds of apps" including Netflix and Vudu and a remote setup service called Aquos Advantage Live.

These specifications and features are in line with the 70-inch LC-70LE732U, a product we lauded for its "very good picture quality, especially in bright rooms."

Sharp recently brought the Elite brand back from the dead, and also used its event in New York to show off its aluminum-framed PRO-70X5FD .

Sharp's 70-inch and 80-inch TVs are now the largest LCD TVs on the market, with their only competitors being rear projection in the form of Mitsubishi's 3D Home Cinema range.

Read the full CNET Review

Sharp LC-80LE632U

The Bottom Line: If you're just looking to wow your friends or fill a wall, then the 80-inch Sharp LC-80LE632U is one of the best TVs you can buy, but ho-hum picture quality makes it a questionable value. / Read full review

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Ty Pendlebury reviews televisions in CNET's New York office. He originally hails from CNET Australia. Ty's interests include gaming, indie music, hi-fi, streaming media, movies, literature, and cycling.

 

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