Sharp to launch industry’s thinnest 4 K monitor in February, 2013


Japanese-based multinational electronics company Sharp will start selling the industry’s thinnest 4K monitor from February, 2013. The monitor will have a 32-inch LCD screen which is just 3.5 mm thick. Sharp said that the new device will be priced at 450,000 yen in Japan.

The monitor will have Sharp’s new IGZO technology and can display up to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, which is equivalent to four full HD screens. Miyuki Nakayama, the spokesperson for Sharp said, “We are hoping to launch around the same time globally. This is aimed at computer designers, architects, medical users — those type of people.”

The monitor will have two HDMI connectors which will allow users to connect a PC and home video equipment, as well as two small speakers. The device weighs about 7.5 kilograms.

The company is promoting its IGZO display technology which is named after the indium gallium zinc oxide semi conductor on which it is based across a wide range of devices. The company will also launch its first smartphones and tablets with the technology in Japan. Sharp is promoting the new technology as it absorbs less power than the current LCD screens and can also prolong battery life in mobile devices. Earlier this year the company announced a high definition 80 inch LCD TV for $12,000.