MOST of us probably haven’t even upgraded to a 4K TV yet, but the biggest names in TV technology are already working on what’s coming next.
Over at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the likes of Sony, Samsung and LG have all been showing off their advances in 8K technology, which packs 16 times the number of pixels into a display than standard HD.
LG showed off a staggering 88-inch 8K television at the annual CES tech show in Vegas
Yes, that’s a whopping 7680 x 4320 pixel treat for your eyes, and the results that we’ve seen on the show floor are nothing short of stunning.
LG was the first to unveil its efforts, with a huge 88-inch 8K OLED display announced before the show even started.
Not only is it the largest, highest resolution OLED panel ever made – but it’s also using the best TV tech on the market right now, so you can take a guess at just how good it looks.
Don’t get too excited though – LG reckons it could be two years before we see this kind of display come to market, and even when it does, we can imagine the price tag will be pretty eye watering too. Better start saving now.
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Samsung also had plenty to say regarding 8K, but instead of focusing on the display itself, it turned its attention to what really matters – content.
Considering 4K content is only just taking off, several years after the first screens arrived, it’s likely 8K displays will appear long before we’re ready for 8K content.
What’s important, then, is the upscaling technology, which can take content of any resolution and upscale it to an 8K resolution.
Previously, upscaling has been limited in its capabilities – particularly with standard definition content – and it’s often looked a bit ropey. However, Samsung’s new upscaling solution uses artificial intelligence to make the results much more believable, not to mention enjoyable.
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A proprietary algorithm will not only adjust the content’s screen resolution automatically, but it will continuously improve its picture frame by frame for the duration.
This allows for better detail enhancement, more stable outlines and increased noise reduction.
From the demo we saw, it looked very impressive indeed, and even standard definition pictures looked clear, sharp and stable.
Even better, the 8K QLED TV Samsung were using for the demo is actually expected to launch this year, though it’s currently only confirmed for the US and Korea for now.
Getty Images – Getty Samsung showed off a whole host of stunning TVs, including a 146-inch model called The Wall
Finally, Sony was also keen to show off its 8K developments, with an as yet unnamed 8K TV.
Its USP? Packing the ability to go five times brighter than the brightest TV currently on the market, to give HDR footage some extra punch when it counts.
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Of course, detail levels looked outstanding too, but the bright picture and vibrant colour palette were by far the standout features here, all powered by Sony’s next-generation X1 Ultimate processor.
No word on when the screen – or the processor, for that matter – will be coming to market, but with a demo this polished, we’d expect to see this come out of prototype in the next year or two.
So with all this on the horizon, should you hold back on buying a 4K TV right now? We wouldn’t say so.