8K is the next frontier for television displays with both LG and Samsung unveiling 8K TVs at IFA 2018 in Berlin.
While LG is using OLED panels for its 8K TVs, Samsung is relying on its QLED panels and AI upscaling, which makes considering that there’s no 8K content available.
“At Samsung, we’ve worked tirelessly over the years to move the industry forward when it comes to premium picture quality, and the introduction of our QLED 8K with 8K AI Upscaling is an integral component as we look to the future of displays,” said Jongsuk Chu, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We’re thrilled to introduce the Q900R to consumers and are confident that they will experience nothing short of brilliance in colour, clarity and sound on our new 8K-capable models.”
To achieve 8K-quality images, the Samsung Q900R features Real 8K Resolution capable of 4,000 nit peak brightness. This feature allows the TV to produce four times more pixels than a 4K UHD TV and 16 times more pixels than a full HD TV. Q HDR 8K powered by HDR (High Dynamic Range) 10+ technology which optimizes the TV’s brightness levels and produces pristine colours and images is also incorporated to deliver pictures as intended by creators.
Samsung says that their proprietary 8K AI Upscaling technology works on any content regardless of the original source quality – something that we’d need to see before we believe it – meaning that whether you’re watching through a streaming service, set-top box, HDMI, USB or even mobile mirroring, the Quantum Processor 8K will be able to recognize and upscale it to appear in 8K quality.
Why does 8K matter?
According to market research firm IHS Markit, large-screen TVs (measuring 65 inches or wider) are becoming more common, with over 11 million sold in 2017 and approximately 16 million expected to be sold this year. The market for ultra-large screen TVs (measuring 75 inches or wider) is also predicted to almost double by the year 2020.
According to Samsung, “The larger TVs get, the more important their resolution becomes, as details portrayed on a bigger screen require more pixels—the thousands (or millions) of incredibly small dots that make up the images you see on your TV screen—to clearly define them. This means that ideally, in order to provide a level of detail that really blows viewers away, a large-screen TV’s resolution, or total number of pixels, should be above the previous high mark of 4K (3,840 x 2,160).
An 8K TV features a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels, which means roughly 8,000 pixels are packed into each horizontal line of the screen. At this level of pixel density, the individual pixels composing an image become imperceptible to the human eye—even when viewed up close. Samsung’s QLED 8K features over 30 million pixels in total, which adds depth and detail to content displayed on the TV’s expansive screen, and makes objects appear that much more realistic.”
It took less than five years for UHD (Ultra-High Definition) TVs to overtake FHD (Full HD) models in global sales, and IHS Markit predicts that sales of 8K TVs will quadruple over the next few years, so it looks like 8K will become the new normal sooner than we think.
Samsung Electronics South Africa have stated that as yet, there is no confirmation as to whether the 8K TV will be coming to South Africa.