The world of HDTVs and super models has something in common;
everyone wants to be the skinniest. Just when we thought a bit over three
inches for an LCD HDTV was svelte, Sharp looks to change our minds with its
Sharp has taken the wraps off of a new LCD
TV that is a mere 29mm thick (at its widest point) and could be as thin as
20mm. 29mm is only 1.14 inches thick and 20mm would be a mere 0.78 inches
Sharp claims the contrast ratio will be 100,000:1 and the
living contrast would be 3000:1. The panel would reproduce 150% of the NTSC
color ratio and have a 4 ms response time. Sharp doesn’t specify how large the
TV is, but does note that the weight for the TV will be 55 pounds and it will
consume 140kWh of electricity per year.
Sharp didn’t comment on when the super-thin LCD HDTVs would
come to market or at what price they would retail. Sharp did say, however, that
its Osaka Sakai factory would be ready to produce the panels by March of 2010
if all goes to schedule. By that time laser HDTVs should be on the market and these thin LCD panels may
not be as cool as they seem now.