Sharp launches a 32-inch Retina monitor that cries for an Apple HD TV

By , Nov 28, 2012

Sharp, the struggling Japanese consumer electronics maker, is finally taking its low-power IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) panels off the ground, announcing Wednesday a 32-inch monitor built around this proprietary display tech. And with 4K resolution of 3,840-by-2,160 pixels, it’s a marvel of cutting-edge display engineering.

That’s four times the pixels of the current full HD standard which maxes out at 1,920-by-1,080 pixels. In addition to low power consumption, the new monitor achieves the industry’s thinnest profile by adopting a specially designed edge LED backlight that’s only 35mm deep…

A media release explains the ultra high-resolution monitor for pros dubbed the PN-K321 has one DisplayPort and two HDMI ports and is capable of rendering approximately 1.06 billion colors. The display section weighs only 7.5kg, or approximately 16.5 lbs.

Sharp’s proprietary IGZO technology incorporates a thin-film transistor that allows for thinner devices while reducing power consumption and increasing image quality.

As such, IGZO delivers more vivid colors, deeper blacks and sharper image overall compared to traditional LCD screens.

“Because 4K2K displays enable clear, crisp display of large amounts of information ranging from small text to detailed images on one screen, they boost operational efficiency by sparing users the need to scroll frequently”, explains Sharp.

Pricing and availability info was unknown at press time, but Wikipedia thinks the monitor will cost a cool $5,500. Sharp underscored the PN-K321 will first launch in Japan on February 15, 2013, with initial production limited to just 1,500 monthly units.

Another major upside to IGZO is that unlike LCDs which need a constant power stream, Sharp’s tech uses extra power only briefly, when the user presses the screen.

The Japanese company last month hinted IGZO devices will surge as it announced own Aquos Pad SHT 21 tablet rocking a seven-inch IGZO display, a tell-tale sign Sharp solved problems that had been limiting its ability to manufacture IGZO panels in volume.

We know Apple wanted to use IGZO panels for new iPads and iPhones, but couldn’t due to yield issues. Now that Sharp is incorporating IGZO panels into various form factors ranging from tablets to big monitors, perhaps Apple will take another look at implementing IGZO tech into the next wave of iOS devices, where Sharp’s technology could triple battery life while offering higher touch sensitivity.

Apple, as Ed told you, may have bailed out Sharp to the tune of $2 billion. And with ongoing rumors asserting Apple is mulling a strategic investment in Sharp’s high-tech IGZO plant in Osaka, Japan and talk of an Apple-branded HD TV set among analysts, fans and Hollywood moguls, the possibility of Apple’s next big thing grows with each day.

Or perhaps an Apple-branded HD TV is just a pipedream after all?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

    Make it over 40″ and then we can talk.

    • KewlDewd

      Over 40″ and you’re probably talking 5 figures. And don’t forget this is a computer monitor, not a TV. 32″ is pretty big for a display you’re only sitting a couple of feet from.

      • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

        Yeah that would be very expensive lol. And yes they are talking about a computer monitor but the article also talks mentions the use of this display technology in the rumored Apple TV and if its any smaller than 40″ I wouldn’t be interested. I’m not interested in a monitor anyways.

      • KewlDewd

        I hear ya. I just googled 4K TV and found a Sony 84″ 4K TV they’re coming out with. Yours for only $25,000! I’m just not sure we’re close to these being common. We’re just getting used to 1080p TV channels and BluRay. Transitioning to 4K content is another huge step. I’m sure we’ll get there though.

    • Hyr3m

      I want the Panasonic TH-152UX1 for Christmas.

  • http://twitter.com/doubleaa25 Adham

    In the title it says Retina monitor, yet no where in the article does it mention the same…

    • http://www.facebook.com/martindroth89 Martin Dominic Roth

      I think what they’re saying is that the pixel density is that of a Retina display. It’s pretty impressive if you ask me. I’d like a monitor/TV with that kind of resolution.

    • KewlDewd

      Apparently the author thinks “Retina” is a technical term instead of the Apple specific marketing term that it is.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Yellow tint with also be with IGZO… That sucks

  • http://twitter.com/tsyoon2000 Tae Sung Yoon

    Can you say something in a positive way? The way you were speaking was very immature.

  • http://twitter.com/tsyoon2000 Tae Sung Yoon

    Please get off this site if you can’t behave yourself.

    • sadaN

      You seem extremely unhappy with his comments, it’s the third comment from him that you reply to.

      Haven’t you realised it’s not gonna change a thing? I’d quit this mommy talk if I were you.

  • http://twitter.com/tsyoon2000 Tae Sung Yoon

    Let me guess.. You’re 9 years old?

    • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

      Just look at his name, I don’t think he planned on being taken seriously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.thill.14 Alex Thill

    Get a life

  • alex card

    Sharp make excellent products and deserve to be saved for their inventiveness.

  • Andrejka

    Does the girl comes with this monitor for those incredible 5500 usd ? :O

  • jack

    I thought that DisplayMate guy said in your article that iPad Air has IGZO display? Now you’re saying it doesn’t?