Sharp AQUOS LC80XU930X
There's no secret that in the world of televisions and home entertainment, just about every company in the field is trying to outdo each other with their own features. Since the emergence of 4K Ultra HD (UHD) and curve displays over the recent few years, TV technology has sort of reach of a plateau of sorts. By the geometric increments, the next step after 4K resolution is 8K resolution. To that end (and to our surprise), Sharp had become one of the first TV manufacturers to actually introduce an 8K Android TV, the Sharp AQUOS LC80XU930X.
To be fair, the LC80XU930X isn't exactly a TV that is capable of outputting content at 8K. In fact, it's actually a 4K TV that is 8K ready, much like how many of the TVs nearly a decade ago were merely HD ready, and not Full HD. In other words, the LC80XU930X is essentially a UHD TV that can output to double that resolution, when the time or need arises.
But there is one thing that the LC80XU930X suffers from, and it's actually a very similar problem that 4K TVs (still) suffer from, and that is there isn't any consumer-ready 8K content commercially available at present.
Technically, however, while we say this, Sharp did inform us that they do have a TV that outputs at true 8K resolution, but that it is only available within Japan (where else), and surprisingly, it's seems quite popular with the country's hospitals and medical administrations (e.g. operating theaters, radiology rooms, etc.).
As mentioned, the LC80XU930X is an 8K ready TV, but for it to be able to do so, you'd actually need to connect all four of the existing HDMI ports at the back of the TV directly to the source that is capable of running the 8K content.
Unfortunately, and once again, as we mentioned before, we had no real 8K content, but we did, luckily, have some 4K content on hand, so that means we could see how the TV's X8-Master Engine Pro and UDR (Sharp's own version of HDR) would upscale content lower than 8K.
Surprising as this may sound, watching 4K content being upscaled on an 8K TV was really the same as watching Full HD content on a 4K TV. The images were still sharp and almost just as clear compared to a TV designed for 4K resolution, but to see pixelation and some flattening of colors on native 4K content does dampen the experience a little.
Even the UI for Android TV looks a bit pixelated.