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Sharp’s new Freeview HD LED TVs on show

Sharp reveals new 'Quattron' technology

Sharp Aquos LE920E TV

Sharp Aquos LE920E

Sharp has unveiled its 2010 line up of LED TVs. All of the new models will feature integrated Freeview HD tuners that will allow owners to watch HD content without the need of a separate box, a subscription, or a satellite dish.

Sharp Quattron technology

All of the new models feature Sharp’s new Quattron technology. While most TVs feature RGB pixels (red, green and blue), Sharp is claiming that the company’s Quattron panel includes a fourth, yellow, pixel. Sharp says that this improves picture quality.

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All of the new Sharp TVs will be full HD (1080p) and feature edge-lit LED screens. Sharp explained that this departure from backlit LED TVs was in response to consumers’ demand for slimmer TVs, despite a sometimes inferior picture quality.

Sharp Aquos LE921E

The LE921E is the flagship TV of the new line up of TVs from Sharp. It will launch in 40-, 46- and 52-inch sizes, and features E-motion 200Hz technology. The series also supports DLNA for wireless connection to other DLNA devices, such as laptops or cameras.

The LE921E series has 8GB of internal flash memory that Sharp says will allow you to pause live TV for several minutes and then resume where you left off. This line up has four HDMI sockets.

Sharp Aquos LE821E

The LE821E series of TVs will also launch in 40-, 46- and 52-inch varieties. Like the LE921E series the LE821E models, Sharp says it will also support DLNA connectivity, have four HDMI sockets, and feature the time shift function that allows you to pause live TV.

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Sharp Aquos LE811E

The LE811E series, like the LE821E series, feature 100Hz processors. The LE811E line up also has four HDMI sockets, but it lacks the DLNA connectivity and doesn’t allow you to pause live TV. The LE811E series will be available in 40- and 46-inch screen sizes.

Ben Stevens, Which? researcher, said: ‘Sharp was very keen to demonstrate its Quattron technology, which the company said Sony would be using in 2011. When we held a magnifying glass up to one of the new TVs the yellow pixel was clear to see, and when we did this with a 2009 model only the red, green and blue pixels were evident. Whether this has a beneficial effect on the picture quality at large remains to be seen, and we look forward to pitching it against non-Quattron TVs in our lab-based comparative tests’.

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