Think HD, then times that by 16, and you get what we’re talking about.
4K television feels new. Indeed, I feel like it was only a few months ago that people were oo-ing and ah-ing over these new behemoths. However, there is something even better on the horizon, something to explode your eyes and empty your wallet – 8K television is here. That’s right, a new eye-melting technology has been created, and its name is 8K or Ultra HD. This new resolution promises life-like images, we are talking 4320p, or ‘Ultra High-Def’. We have had HD for a long time now, but finally we have something to look forward to. The creation of 8K means that this technology has a clear and defined path toward the ever higher pixel count.
To give you some perspective right now the current HD television has a resolution of 1920 X 1080 or 2.1 megapixels, 4K televisions boast a whopping 3840 X 2160 or 8.3 megapixels. The 4K television is in effect four times the resolution of a normal TV (thus the name), and so now the 8K version has taken it even further. The new televisions will have a ridiculous 7,680 X 4,320 resolution, or 33.2 megapixels, which is 16 times more pixelly goodness than a normal HD TV.
The introduction of new technology has a trickledown effect over time – as the cutting edge develops it makes its way down the ladder and into the products we can purchase right now. 8K may not have a direct impact on the current technology, but it will most likely bring down prices and increase competition. The 8K technology should make regular HD even cheaper and will most probably impact 4K prices, considering the astronomical amounts we must pay for it today. The 8K resolution is the cutting edge – it is a view into the future. Not so long ago it seemed 4K was this place holder and we thought 1080p was just getting settled. Television programming only recently started being widely broadcast in HD after all. 4K was the new and exciting thing, and only in the last year or two it has become a technology we can actually buy. But now, with 8K, it seems there is once again the next best thing on the horizon.
The 8K television promises definition with detail so dense that the human eye will have difficulty seeing the pixels even in close proximity. I can’t wait to sit down on my couch and turn on my 8K screen and enjoy a movie come to life. At the recent CES (Consumer Electronics Show) which took place in January, something even more exciting than simply the introduction of 8K TVs. Sharp showed off its new monstrous 85 inch, 8K glasses-free 3D television (its a mouthful, sure). That’s right, no more geeky, clunky 3D glasses for you my friend, and it’s all offered in glorious 8K resolution. The television works similarly to the Nintendo 3DS (which has a glasses-free 3D screen), only instead of one ‘perfect’ viewing angle there are several. This means that if you’re with a group on a couch in front the screen you aren’t all fighting for that one spot that lets you enjoy all that amazing eye candy. The screen even has a visual aid in order to help you find those sweet spots, using two small bars at the bottom of the screen making it easier to find the best angles.
8K may be a few years away but it is something to get excited about, you may not have one for a while, but it will be influencing TVs even within the year. 4K prices will hopefully drop so that they become reasonable, and then just as we are getting bored of 4K, 8K will become available and our eyes can melt all over again, hopefully in our own living rooms!
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