World's smallest HD TV set is just 22 inches

HD TV on a 22-inch set seemed impossible just a year ago.

Next time you go shopping for a second television set for the spare room or bedroom, chances are it might be one of a new breed of smaller full high-definition TVs, such as the new models introduced today by Sharp.

The latest Aquos LCDs from the Japanese company will go on sale there at the end of November and include the world's smallest full HD TV, which has a diagonal screen measurement of just 22 inches; far smaller than the 40-inch-plus displays common in the HD marketplace now.

1080p over HDMI

Two other sets - 26- and 32-inch models - were also announced, with all three of the 1920 x 1080 TVs sporting dual HDMI ports and capable of displaying full 1080p video. Aside from size, the main difference between the sets is the contrast ratio dropping from 2,000:1 on the 32-inch model to 1,200:1 on the smallest Aquos.

Sharp has also made all three televisions suitable for hooking up to a PC by including a range of analogue and digital connectors and a keyboard-stowage area on the base of the stand.

Although the prices - ¥180,000 (£768) for the 22-inch, ¥200,000 (£854) for the 26-inch and ¥240,000 (£1,025) for the 32-inch - are still in the realm of what most people would spend for a main TV set, competition in the small HD TV market is sure to drive them down quickly and hasten the high-definition spread.

J Mark Lytle was an International Editor for TechRadar, based out of Tokyo, who now works as a Script Editor, Consultant at NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation. Writer, multi-platform journalist, all-round editorial and PR consultant with many years' experience as a professional writer, their bylines include CNN, Snap Media and IDG.