Sharp has announced its intentions to release a new OLED TV and its first-ever QD-OLED TV, following in the footsteps of Samsung and Sony, current producers of some of the best TVs in 2023.
The TVs from Sharp will be available in two different series: the FS1 range of QD-OLED TVs and the FQ1 line of OLED TVs, both of which will use Sharp’s new AI processor.
According to a press release, the AI has learned to detect people's faces and the sky with high accuracy by viewing over 1 million images. It says that “colors, brightness and detail are automatically adjusted according to detection results” and can even detect genres such as movies, dramas and sports.
So when will you be able to buy the new models? If you live in Japan, you can buy them starting today. The rest of the world, however, will have to wait as Sharp says that they’ll only be available in Japan for the time being.
Meanwhile, at Sharp USA…
While Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA) isn’t experimenting with QD-OLED or OLED panels anytime in the near future, it is still making its own TVs. The company’s brand-name was briefly licensed to Hisense from 2015 to 2019 before Sharp re-acquired the name after a short legal battle with the Chinese-owned TV manufacturer.
These days, Sharp Home Electronics is producing its AQUOS line of TVs for the North American market — though, compared to what the Japanese market is getting, they’re nothing to write home about. For the most part, they’re 60Hz models with HDMI 2.0 ports. They are usually pretty affordable, though.
Unlike its Japanese counterparts that use Google TV for their smart platform, the US Sharp TVs all use Roku TV with support for Google Assistant. In practice, both of these platforms are good, but we find Google TV to be slightly more aesthetically appealing.
If you want something with similar picture quality to the new FS1 QD-OLED and FQ1 OLED TVs, check out the Samsung S95C OLED that uses the same panel as the FS1 and the LG C3 OLED that has a similar panel to the FQ1.