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October 15, 2008

Sharp AQUOS DX LCD TV's Get Integrated Blu-ray Recording, 2009 "Overseas" Models Only Get Playback

081015_1.jpgMitsubishi was supposedly supposed to hit the market with an LCD TV/Blu-ray recorder/Blu-ray player combo this fall, but it looks like Sharp will beat them at their own game with the new AQUOS DX family, expected to hit Japan November 20. Featuring six models, the AQUOS DX line will include the 26-inch LC-26DX1, 32-inch LC-32DX1, 37-inch LC-37DX1, 42-inch LC-42DX1, 46-inch LC-46DX1, and 52-inch LC-52DX1 all featuring a built-in digital tuner, internal Blu-ray handling and a bottom-mounted speaker.

The 26- and 32-inch models push out 1366 x 768 pixels while the rest boast full 1080p resolution, and a 5X Mode takes advantage of the H.264/AVC standard to ensure identical reproduction of high-def content. The AQUOS DX1 line runs between 200, 000 Yen and 500, 000 Yen from the smallest model to the largest and comes with black, red, and white color options (except for the 46- and 52-inch models only available in black or white).

Despite economic concerns expected to drive down electronics spending for at least the remainder of the year, Sharp fully expects to ship 11 million LCD TV's by its fiscal year-end come March 2009, mainly thanks to the Blu-ray equipped DX1's providing a little differentiation from its competitors. Unfortunately though, Sharp says that while the AQUOS DX line will ship overseas sometime in 2009, the sets will probably only be able to playback Blu-ray discs, not record.

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Posted by Justin Davey at October 15, 2008 8:14 AM

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