At CES, both Sharp and LG announced LCD TVs that hit the 70-inch milestone, and today Sharp has finalized pricing and availability on its beast. The former is $3,799 (list) and the latter is "now."
Your 3.8 grand will buy 2,088 square inches of screen, compared with a mere 1,801, 1,534, and 1,289 inches, respectively, for the 65-, 60-, and 55-inch pipsqueak LCD sold by Sharp's competitors (and Sharp itself). If you're counting, Panasonic's
Sharp's pricing is pretty aggressive in the ultra-big-screen category. The smaller 65-inch
Of interest to videophiles is the fact that the 70-inch Sharp will have a full-array LED backlight, which might improve its screen uniformity compared with edge-lit models. Unlike smaller full-array LEDs from companies like Vizio, LG, and Sony, however, the LC-70LE732U lacks local dimming.
Though it's also not a 3D TV, the LC-70LE732U is a Quattron-equipped model with, a 120Hz refresh rate, and the requisite Internet services.
The company is unleashing three more 70-inch LCDs this summer--the "LC-70LE735U (3D), LC-70LE734U, and LC-70LE733U," but details were scarce on how they otherwise differ from the 732U. We do know they'll get built-in Wi-Fi, however, and we strongly suspect they'll be more expensive.