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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 released by Sinclair Research in September 1983. 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; 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.[2] 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.[3]


  1. ^ Polymath Perspective: Engineering for Sinclair, part 2
  2. ^ "TV80 Sinclair Research, 1984". Planet Sinclair. Chris Owen. Archived from the original on 21 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Aldersay-Williams, Hugh (5 May 1983). "Flat out for pocket TV". New Scientist. pp. 282–285.

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