Sharp debuts top-of-the line 'true 4K' TV

The Sharp UH30 is a 4K television announced at CES 2015 which boasts improved color and imaging plus Android TV.

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LAS VEGAS -- While Sharp's loftily named and specified Beyond 4K Ultra-HD TV is the company's true flagship for 2015 as far as everyone else is concerned there's the UH30 series.

Like the...let's call it the B4KUHDTV for "short", the UH30 features SPECTROS imaging technology -- similar to the light-diffracting capabilities of Quantum Dots -- for a wider color gamut than most TVs.

Unlike the B4K though the UH30 doesn't include High Dynamic range but still includes a feature called Aquodimming for better than Sharp's usual contrast levels.

The television will include a quad core processor for faster app load times in addition to current and future 4K codecs like H.265 and VP9 in addition to HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2.

While other companies are abandoning cable control from within the TV itself Sharp is digging right in with its SmartCentral 4.0 platform which will let users browse and search cable, satellite and streaming services from one screen. The Sharp is also one of the first to use Google's Android TV which integrates the apps and services of Google Play with voice search and smartphone control.

The 70-inch LC70UH30 will go on sale for $3,199.99 and the 80-inch LC80UH30 for $5,999.99. International pricing and availability has not yet been announced.

Here's a quick look at the rest of the specifications:

  • THX 4K-Certified Picture Quality pending for the 70-inch
  • AquoMotion 960
  • AquoDimming
  • Modern Design -- ultra slim bezel, sleek stand
  • Wallpaper Mode
  • Quad-core processor
  • Touchpad Remote
  • 4 HDMI, 3 USB, Wi-Fi