The trend towards making larger LCD TVs available to consumers has just reached a new benchmark with the the release of the Sharp LC-90LE745U. Of course, the first thing to point out is its very large 90-inch 16x9 aspect ratio screen, which makes it the largest LCD TV available for the consumer market. However, it is interesting to point out that Sharp has actually displayed 108-inch LCD TV prototypes at past trade shows - check out photo 1 and photo 2. Also, Mitsubishi makes a 92-inch DLP TV, while Panasonic offers both 103-inch and 152-inch Plasma TVs (for the professional market).
However, that being said, the LC-90LE745U definitely offers more than just a 90-inch screen. This set incorporates full array LED backlighting, 1080p native resolution, 120 Hz refresh rate, augmented with 240 Hz backlight scanning, and an almost unlimited contrast ratio. Also, you can't have a TV this big without offering both 2D and 3D viewing options, as well as fully integrated network connectivity (wired or wifi) that includes access to internet streaming content, a full web browser, and even direct online tech support. You can even use the TV to make Skype video phone calls (camera required).
In these days of Eco-consciousness, some of you are probably wondering how much electricity this behemoth consumes - Have no fear, it consumes an average of about 150 watts (maximum 380 watts). Also, even with its 90-inch screen size, the set is only 5-inches deep and weighs about 140 lbs. That is about half the weight of an old 35-inch picture tube TV!
The Sharp LC-90LE745U is now available, and has suggested price of $10,999.99. However, don't expect too much discounting as Sharp is imposing a UPP (Universal Pricing Policy), similar to a policy that Samsung and Sony are implementing, on both brick-and-mortar and online dealers that carry the TV. Compare Prices, or check your local dealer for availability.