Sharp this month announced the nationwide availability of its AQUOS Q+ series of televisions, which Sharp first showed at CES this year. The Q+ line feature 10 million more subpixels than standard Full HD, for more detail, depth and color. Through a new process (Q+), the displays can take a 4K signal and play it back at near-4K resolution, with an effective resolution of up to 3840×2160. All Q+ TVs feature Sharp’s “Revelation Upscaler,” which takes optimizes HD content for the higher resolution screen. (Side note to manufacturers: Do you have to brand EVERY single technology? Sigh.)
The prices on the TVs are lower because they are technically using 1080p panels. To see how the Q+ technology works (which, at first glance, seems somewhat similar to JVC’s e-shift technology that it’s using to basically “simulate” 4K in projectors), you can watch this recent video from Sharp on the Almo Pro A/V E4 AV Tour in Dallas.
The Q+ series is available in 60″, 70″ and 80″ screen sizes in two lines — the SQ line and the UQ line. The SQ line is available now and the UQ line will be available later this month. The UQ line adds premium features, such as THX certification, AquoMotion 960, 3D with two parts of glasses, Bluetooth audio, etc. They will also feature Sharp’s new SmartCentral 3.0 platform.