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Sharp Aquos LC-80LE632U: an 'affordable' 80-inch TV

Sharp has unveiled an 'affordable' 80-inch TV, with no fancy features like 3D or local dimming. But it's still massive.

Look this way, bargain hunters! Okay, so this 80-inch Sharp TV isn't exactly Argos fodder, but it is a hell of a lot more affordable than any TVs this ginormous.

The Sharp Aquos LC-80LE632U isn't a 'premium' TV, according to Sharp, lacking as it does local dimming and 3D, Crave US reporst. Without those features it's one for the spare room, we reckon.

We jest, of course. It's massive. It does have 1080p HD resolution and a 120Hz mode, and it's a smart TV too, with Wi-Fi, hundreds of apps, and a remote setup service called Aquos Advantage Live. This lets trained Sharp employees help you with setup over the Internet without having to set foot in your house, or give you clumsy instructions over the phone. It's a little like when the IT dude at work takes control of your mouse to do something on your PC while in another room.

And of course, it is still massive, as you can see from this picture.

So what's the damage? This set rings in at $5,499 (£3,500) -- not exactly cheap, but much more affordable than other sets anywhere near this size. It's quite bizarre for a TV manufacturer to release a TV this huge for consumers, without all the bells and whistles. Maybe it was planned as a top of the range model, but then someone remembered the world was in financial meltdown and killed a couple of features.

The set is US-only at the moment. There's no word of a UK release but we'll bring you more as we get it.

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