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Sharp Announces 'Industry's Thinnest' 32-Inch 4K Monitor


Sharp has announced two new 4K resolution monitors, entitled the IGZO professional display series, during CES 2013.

The Japanese electronics firm stressed that its new ultra HD monitors are the "industry's thinnest" 4K monitors larger than 30 inches. At their thickest points, Sharp said its new monitors are less than 1.5 inches thick. They both boast a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels.

Sharp's IGZO professional display series utilizes the company's IGZO screen tech, which delivers sharper and brighter displays that consumes less power. The forthcoming monitors combine the IGZO technology "with a brilliant white, edge lit LED backlight system"; it allows them to be crisp and bright, so says Sharp.

"As we introduce Sharp's proprietary IGZO technology into the first series of professional display products, we continue to drive innovation with game-changing functionality," said Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America President Doug Albregts. "We are not only excited about the initial application of this new technology, but foresee broad usage throughout complementary industries where high definition viewing is demanded."

While the IGZO professional display series feature 32-inch displays, only one sports 10-point multi-touch technology. The non-touch version is due for a Februray launch, with the touchscreen model to become available "shortly thereafter". Sharp didn't reveal any details pertaining to the monitors' price.

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  • edogawa
    Finally, this is a good start! Make 24 and 27 inch versions now.
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  • mman74
    A 24" 4K monitor is a bit pointless. A 32" 4K monitor would be just great! Now we only need 2 things;
    1. Prices to come down
    2. Graphics cards to push these pixels in games :D! Wow!
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  • merikafyeah
    Edge-lit LED = no deep blacks.
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  • dozerman
    mman74A 24" 4K monitor is a bit pointless. A 32" 4K monitor would be just great! Now we only need 2 things;1. Prices to come down2. Graphics cards to push these pixels in games ! Wow!I don't think it would be pointless at all. The difference in PPI would still be discernable. I, personally, would want an eyefinity group od these. :)
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  • A Bad Day
    merikafyeahEdge-lit LED = no deep blacks.
    That could be a slight issue if the lighting in the room is too strong.

    Will the monitor come in matte or glossy? I prefer matte because glossy and strong sunlight through large windows never mix.
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  • CaedenV
    This! This is exactly what I have been waiting for! A screen in the 30-35" range with 4K to use as my computer monitor.

    All I want now is for it to come down to the ~$800 level and be capable of 60fps. Hopefully by that time there will be an 'affordable' GPU that can push it as well!
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  • magicandy
    That guy's hair is fuckin RED.
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  • schnitter
    I understand 4k on 45+ inch TV's but why bother with 30? The PPI is going to be way overkill at that point even if you sit as close as you are to your cell phone. No use for 4K on 32" TV. Not so sharp now eh?
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  • kyuuketsuki
    schnitterI understand 4k on 45+ inch TV's but why bother with 30? The PPI is going to be way overkill at that point even if you sit as close as you are to your cell phone. No use for 4K on 32" TV. Not so sharp now eh?Monitors, not TVs. You're going to be sitting much closer. And correct me if I'm wrong, but that resolution on a 32" monitor is around 78 PPI? Hardly overkill. Still way under the 300+ PPI of smartphones nowadays.
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  • grokem
    I guess this is why we're stuck with $130 HD 1080p monitors, no one has a clue. To those wondering why you would every want such a "crazy" resolution on only a 32" monitor I'm saddened. This is less than 140ppi which is way less than almost any phone you've ever seen. The original iPhone was 160ppi. The original iPad was 130ppi. My 10 year old CRT monitor is 150ppi. Most HD monitors are 76-90ppi. I'm with mman74 and want a 27" version. That would at least be 160ppi.
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