Forget the TV industry's focus on bigger, badder, smarter 3DTVs for a minute: Sharp's looking for your attention, and it's willing to strut and saunter all over CES to get it. The company unveiled a new range of lightweight TVs for 2012 dubbed Aquos Freestyle, and true to their name the TVs are built to be hauled around with ease.
The 20-inch, 32-inch, 40-inch and 60-inch Freestyle TVs are designed to be moved around the house for special occasions or just for kicks; the smallest model weighs in at only 5.5 pounds and includes an optional handle, which has previously been proven to make any electronic device more adorable.
Freestyle's smallest TVs, the 20-inch and 32-inch, only offer a 1366x768 resolution. The two larger screens jump up to 1080p and stay light thanks to LED backlighting. Their portability has as much to do with their wireless capabilities as their weight: Sharp showed off the displays with a quick fashion show-style parade, proving the TVs can run off of batteries as well as wall sockets. It was a ridiculous display, but still a standout in the crowd of massive 3D LCDs.
Realistically, you'll carry the TV from one AC plug to another and keep it jacked in. The Aquos Freestyles do have built-in Wi-Fi and DLNA support for connecting to, say, Sharp Blu-ray players and playing content without bothering with HDMI cables. The line actually debuted in Japan in 2011, with the 20-inch model costing around $1200 US. That's a high price to pay for portability, even when your TV comes with a handle.