Sharp Announces 1080p 32″ LCD

Sharp has announced that they will release a 32″ LCD HDTV with 1080p resolution in Japan next week. It will come in two models: one with side speakers and one with bottom speakers.

It’s interesting to see that 1080p is starting to take over the LCD world. Unlike with plasma displays, it’s really not that difficult to make the smaller pixels required by higher resolution panels. They’ve been making higher resolution panels for small notebook computer screens for years. The big question is whether the LCD manufacturers will maintain a price premium for 1080p, or will they collapse the pricing and eliminate the 720p/WideXGA formats to gain an edge on competing technologies. (Many of the rear projection models are 1080p already.)

Will we see this Sharp 32″ 1080p TV in the US soon? I’d be surprised. According to my figures, you’d need to sit about three and a half feet from it to get the optimal effect, and that’s very close for American viewers. It makes more sense for Japan, where living spaces are more compact.