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The Sinclair FTV1/TV80 flat screen TV

The Sinclair TV80, also known as the Flat Screen Pocket TV or FTV1, was a pocket television launched by Sinclair Research in 1984. Unlike Sinclair's earlier attempts at a portable television, the TV80 used a flat CRT with a side-mounted electron gun instead of a conventional CRT[citation needed]; the picture was made to appear larger than it was by the use of a Fresnel lens.[1] It was a commercial failure, and did not recoup the £4m it cost to develop; only 15,000 units were sold[citation needed]. New Scientist warned that the technology used by the device would be short-lived, in view of the liquid crystal display technology being developed by Casio.[2]


  1. ^ Polymath Perspective: Engineering for Sinclair, part 2
  2. ^ Aldersay-Williams, Hugh (5 May 1983). "Flat out for pocket TV". New Scientist: 282–285. 

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