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The Next Gen of TV is Here – 8K


At the CES every year there is always one manufacturer who takes TVs to the next level. This year, unsurprisingly, it was Samsung again. Renowned for always wanting to go bigger and better with their television offerings, people weren’t disappointed with what was unveiled at the CES this year. However, there’s now the question of whether we’re all going a bit too far.

Moving on From 4K

It seems like only yesterday we were all marvelling at the release of 4K, curved TV screens. Whichever electrical store you go into nowadays you’ll see them taking pride of place in the displays. However, most people are far from shelling out the thousands of pounds you need for a high quality TV like this. So, it came as a bit of a surprise when Samsung launched something one better at CES 2016. The 8K television… In resolution terms that is 7,680 x 4,320, squeezing in around 33 million pixels. That’s four times as much as you’ll find in a 4K television. Oh, and did we mention that this Samsung TV is 98-inches? If you’ve got space in your living room for that beast of a curved screen then you’re probably not too worried about price. Which is lucky, as they didn’t even mention a price (or release date).


The issue is, are we all going a little bit too overboard on this “more pixels equals better quality” thought process? According to some researchers and scientists the human eye struggles enough with 1080p as it is. These are now called retina displays, simply because our eyes won’t pick up all of the pixels as it is. So, what will it do to our poor eyes if we’re then presented with 8K television screens? Not only that, but there have been several issues with 4K screens in terms of bandwidth and content already. If we ramp up the size and the pixels are we going to have even more problems? It’s likely.

To add a few more problems to the pile, there’s also nothing that can handle 8K signals as of yet. While HDMI connectors can supposedly handle an 8K connection, they can only do so at around 24 frames per second. That’s going to be one glitchy TV set. And the new SuperHML which can handle the display rate isn’t available anywhere yet, so you’re unlikely to get your 8K TV to run at all. It all seems a bit too unrealistic for this year, if you ask us!

This could explain why Samsung haven’t yet released a price or a date, knowing full well that we all need to become adjusted to 4K sets before we consider ramping things up to that level. However, with the success of the curved sets and the 4K displays it is likely that we will move onto 8K screens at some point in the future. Whether that is in this decade or next is yet to be seen. If you don’t want to experience an 8K set you may just want to ask Samsung if you can come and have a look at theirs, before committing to sticking it on your wall at home.



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Rebecca Walton

Rebecca has always been fascinated with the business and tech world, having grown up with parents in the industry. She has a real passion for science - particularly space and the unknown realms that surround the planet! Rebecca has been writing for different publications for nearly 6 years and is now an editor at Pangaea Express.