As we reported earlier this year, Sony has plans to release a new, super-thin 40" LCD TV which they claim will measure under an inch at its thinnest point. Unfortunately, as of today, there’s still no word on price or availability.
Thankfully, Sharp has entered the fray with their announcement that effective immediately, their new super-thin LED-back-lit XS1 LCD TV’s are available for ordering.
The 65" LC-65XS1U and 52" LC-52XS1U are sleek, with a sophisticated brushed-metal look, which distinguishes them from the glossy black frames that surround the majority of flat-screens on the market today. They also pack some pretty impressive features:
- 0.9 inches or 23mm thick at the thinnest point
- RGB-LED backlight system
- 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
- 150% of NTSC standard colour gamut
- 120Hz image-smoothing
- 4ms response time
- 5 HDMI ports
- Internet connectivity
It’s that last point that comes with an interesting twist: In addition to being able to download internet-enabled widgets such as news, weather reports, stock market activity and games, owners can get support personnel to connect directly to these TVs when dealing with a prickly tech problem that can’t be solved through the usual means of having someone walk you through the steps on the phone. Privacy concerns aside, this is a great use of an internet connection.
Sharp claims that these 2 new TV’s are Canada’s thinnest. Are they?
Tech fans will remember that Sony launched the first OLED TV to the consumer market earlier this year. That model – the 11" XEL1 – is amazingly thin, sporting a bezel depth of 3mm. But the screen is permanently mounted to a base which measures 5.5" deep, so practically speaking, you’ll never be able to take advantage of the OLED’s tiny profile e.g. for wall mounting.
The main reason the XEL1 has a base, is that it’s currently impossible to include the vast array of connectors, power supplies etc, that a TV needs in a cabinet that only measures 3mm.
Sharp faced the same restrictions when creating the XS1. Knowing however, that 65" TVs must have a wall mount option, they decoupled the base from the display. Their separate AVC (Audio Video Control) system box incorporates the HD digital tuner and all input terminals. The AVC box is connected to the XS1 via an HDMI cable.
The upside is that XS1 owners get a beautiful, thin TV on their walls. The downside is that they’ll have to get a drywaller in to patch up the wall after they run the HDMI (and presumably power) cables from the TV to the AVC unit.
But that shouldn’t put you off too much. If you’re in a position to fork over $11,999.99 for the 52" or $15,999.99 for the 65", I doubt a few wall repairs will bother you.
Read up on both models here:
If you get a chance to see one of these units in the flesh, come back and tell us what you thought.
Update December 22: Sony has finally announced the availbility of their super-slim KLV-40ZX1M at the bargain price of $4,199.99