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Sharp Canada this week announced its new 2012 Consumer Electronics line-up of nearly 20 large screen 60-inch plus TVs including the companies first 80 inch 3D LED TV.

The 2012 LCD TV line-up consists of five different series - the Aquos 5/6/7/8 and 9 - in sizes ranging from 60 to 80 inches in size. Sharp says all of the televisions will meet or exceed Energy Star version 5.3 standards meaning they will draw a relatively small amount of power for their screen sizes.

The entry to mid-level sets (series 5/6/7) are expected to begin arriving at retail in February and March while the higher end Quattron series (Series 8 and 9), featuring the companies new Quad Pixel Plus II technology, is expected to arrive in the Spring and summer.

Sharp says its new Quattron panels offer improved picture quality over previous set. The 9 Series with a 240Hz panel will also see a full array of LED backlighting with local dimming, which should provide improved black levels and higher contrast ratios.

The following is a list of the new models, along with expected selling prices and availability.

Sharp AQUOS 6/5 Series LED TVs

Made up of five different models in screen sizes of 42-, 46-, 52-, 60- and 70-inches (LC-42LE540U, LC-46LE540U, LC-52LE640U, LC-60LE640U, LC-70LE640U) and includes a high-performance AQUOS LCD Panel, edge lit LED backlighting, 120Hz Fine Motion Enhanced, and a new narrow bezel design. Like other Sharp series, these models offer built-in WiFi and access to Sharp’s newly designed SmartCentral user interface access to the most popular apps and AQUOS Advantage Live (LE640 Series only). Four HDMI inputs offer multiple ports to connect to your favorite devices.

Introduction: LE640 February; LE540 March
MSRP: LC-52LE640U, $1699.99 LC-60LE640U, $1999.99; LC-70LE640U, $3099.99

Sharp AQUOS 7 Series 3D LED TVs

Comes in screen sizes of 60- and 70-inches (LC-60LE745U and LC-70LE745U) also feature a newly designed ultra-slim bezel design with a rich black-brushed aluminum finish. These Full HD Active 3D edge-lit LED TVs feature Sharp’s high-performance AQUOS LCD Panel, full HD 1080p and 120Hz refresh rate. The 7 Series also features built-in WiFi, SmartCentral and four HDMI inputs.

Introduction: March
MSRP: LC-60LE745U, $2399,99; LC-70LE745U, $3499.99

Sharp AQUOS Quattron 9 Series 3D LED TVs

Arriving in screen sizes of 60- and 70-inches (LC-60LE945U and LC-70LE945U) this summer, the 9 series features Sharp’s brightest Full HD Active 3D 240Hz panel. They incorporate Quattron Quad Pixel Plus II and full array LED backlighting with local dimming to improve picture quality and deliver a superior viewing experience.

Sharp AQUOS Quattron 8 Series 3D LED TVs

The 8 Series will come in screen sizes of 60-, 70- and 80-inches (LC-60LE847U, LC-70LE847U and LC-80LE844U) offer a sleeker look with a newly designed ultra-slim bezel with a black brushed aluminum finish. The 80-inch model features full array LED, and the 60- and 70-inch models are edge-lit LED, all with Quattron Quad Pixel Plus II technology and 240Hz panels.

Like the 9 Series, the 8 series offers full HD 1080p with built-in WiFi and SmartCentral. The 8 Series includes four HDMI inputs.

Introduction: Spring
MSRP: LC-60LE847U, $3099.99; LC-70LE847U, $4199.99; LC-80LE844U, $6299.99

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