While a prototype was on display at CES 2012, this is the first we have heard of the 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD “Integrated Cognitive Creation” TV turning into a production model and hitting the market.
The Sharp LC-60HQ10 has just been announced in Japan for the princely sum of 2.62 million yen. While in USD it might not be in the millions, it is still not cheap. Converted into USD it equates to just over $30,000.
When you do the math, and take a look at the 84-Inch Ultra HD TVs from Sony, and LG at $25,000 and $20,000 respectively, it looks even more expensive. Why pay more for a smaller 4K TV?
Well Sharp will tell you that it’s because the Sharp LC-60HQ10 features the ICC picture processor (integrated Cognitive Creation) hence the ICC PURIOS branding. It is also the first Ultra HDTV to feature THX Certification.
The Sharp ICC PURIOS LC-60HQ10 sits above the normal AQUOS models, and thanks to it’s ICC processor offers professional quality image processing and brings unparalleled realism and excitement.” With the 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution and the THX certification it is ready for professional video production, and of course playback.
Sharp Japan tell us to expect to see the Sharp LC60HQ10 in Japan from February 20th. No word on a U.S or European release, but we’ll keep you updated.