updated 11:15 am EDT, Mon July 2, 2007
Sharp AQUOS G Sets
Sharp today readied its TVs for the fall with a full 16 models in its new AQUOS G-series line. Every set 37 inches or larger now makes a 120Hz LCD panel standard, guaranteeing fast performance in games and movies even at the maximum 1080p resolutions. Cabinet designs have also been reworked, Sharp says, and the thinnest models are only 3.3 inches deep while even the largest, 52-inch model is no thicker than 4.3 inches. Static contrast ratios are also better at 2,000:1. Three HDMI inputs are present on the sets and are backed up by an Ethernet connection for Internet data and a DVI input for home theater PCs.
The 37-, 42-, 46-, and 52-inch sets come with either chin- (GX3) or side-mounted (GX4) speakers and ship on August 21st in Japan for prices ranging between $2,677 and $4,462; US releases are likely but so far unannounced.
Several smaller, 720p sets are also due to ship in late August and range between 20 and 32 inches in size. Except for the 20-inch model, all come with three HDMI inputs (two for the 20-inch), 1,500:1 contrast, and either chin or side speakers. Prices run as low as $892 for the 20-inch set and peak at $1,785 for the 32-inch screens.