First announced at CES, the 2017 Sharp TV line-up is now available in the US. The Hisense-manufactured Sharp TVs start from $230 dollars.
2017 Sharp TVs
The highest-specced P8000 range offers a full-array local dimming system and support for High Dynamic Range. The number of local dimming zones was not confirmed. It also features 4K resolution and apps. P8000 is available in 50, 55, and 65-inch sizes starting at $700 dollars.
Stepping down into P7000 you get a direct LED backlight but no local dimming. P7000 features 4K resolution and also claims support for HDR. It is available in sizes from 42 to 65 inches starting at $450 dollars.
The TVs were first announced at CES 2017 in January. At that time, Hisense who has licensed the rights to sell Sharp-branded TVs in the US, also announced P9500 and P9000 ranges. These have yet to be made available and the press release made no mention of them.
Hisense has found itself in a bitter feud with Foxconn, who has acquired a majority stake in Sharp. Since the acquisition, Foxconn has tried to cancel all existing licensing agreements. The company most recently accused Hisense of selling “shoddily” made TVs that could “destroy” the Sharp brand. Hisense signed a 5-year licensing deal in 2015 before Foxconn acquired Sharp.
The most affordable Sharp TV in 2017 will be the P5000 that starts at $230 dollars for a 32-inch model. P5000 is a range of Full HD TVs that is now available in up to 55-inch sizes.
The 2017 Sharp TVs are available only in the US from retailers such as Amazon.com. In Europe the Sharp brand has been licensed to Slovakia’s UMC.