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8K TVs from LG, Sony, Samsung and Hisense — are they worth it?



If you are buying a TV, you are obliged to know the latest "must have" feature, the 8K technology.

Leading TV brands such as Sony, LG, Hisense, Samsung and TCL are ready to launch their 8K TV on the market by the end of the year.

But what exactly is 8K and should you buy one?

In theory, an 8K TV has a stack more pixels and a bigger screen to fit them all inside [19659003] Unfortunately, it's not worth the money, at least not yet.

I do not even have a 4K television in my house and this was launched only a few years ago

Technology companies claim that 4K TVs provide much sharper picture quality because pixel density has been increased from 1080p (also known as Full HD).

Technically, the term 4K refers to the horizontal resolution of the product, which is set at 4000 pixels (four times 1

080p, or so). [19659003] So where do you put an 8K TV in all this?

8K TECHNOLOGY [19659003] The 8K television has twice the amount of pixels of its predecessor, consisting of about 7,680 for 4,320 pixels.

As a result, the best 8K TVs on the market boast 33 million pixels.

The bigger your TV is (the closer you get), the more likely you'll be able to distinguish between these levels of image resolution.

There's no doubt that 4K resolution is fantastic, but unless you're sitting one arm away, your eyes can not really crack those extra pixels.

Needless to say, the 8K is getting carried away.

The optimal distance to sit on a 60-inch 4K television to really appreciate the added resolution is about 1.2 meters – 8K makes this distance ridiculously smaller.

All the major brands had their 8K TVs on display at CES this week and were quite spectacular.

You can stay a few inches away and the image is impeccable.
But unless you want to buy a giant TV and sit in front of the night, 8K will not make a big difference in your life.

PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE

So if we have 8K televisions all of a sudden, does it mean that the things we are looking at have been produced with the capacity of 8K?

No.

None of the major content providers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, or film studios have made much noise on 8K content production.

The former Chief Product Officer of Netflix once told Digital Spy that he was not interested in the extra pixel density.

"8K is only interesting if you're sitting too close to the TV," he said.

At most, it will still take a couple of years to see any content produced natively in 8K.

Head of Sony TV in Australia and New Zealand, Aki Hosoda, said there are no 8K content available.

"But the market is growing and for 80-inch and abov TVs, you need 8K for that super-high resolution."

Sony announced a huge 8-inch 98-inch TV at CES, however only an 85-inch version will arrive in Australia.

The company has also introduced a professional broadcast camera level that resumes in 8K, at 120 frames per second (UHC 80300).

A Sony spokesman confirmed: "The Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan will be filmed and broadcast in 8K in Japan."

However, precisely because there is no 8K content available there, it does not mean that these TVs are wasted. They are all full of powerful chipsets that can "upscale" or convert the content into something that is close to the true 8K.

For example, the second-generation Alpha 9 intelligent processor on board the 8-inch 8-inch OLK TV from LG released this year takes advantage of deep learning processes to not only upscale content on "near 8K", but also adjusts the brightness and contrast of the image according to the lighting of the environment in your living room.

However, the 8K TVs on display at CES have reproduced native 8K content from an external disk, so I have yet to see these high-level powers in action.

INTERNET AUXILIATE TOO SLOW FOR 8K

We could struggle to enjoy 8K anytime soon, thanks to our notoriously lazy internet.

You need an internet speed between 15 and 25 Mbps to stream 4K UHD reliably, so 8K requests will be easily double.

With the arrival of NNN, more and more Australians will have access to this level of internet speed, but the less one purchases a high-level NBN package, the 8K display is probably out of the question in most of Australian homes.

With all forms of new technology, you have to pay a high price to be one of the first to adopt, but it is probably

WHAT YOU CAN BUY INSTEAD

When it comes to choosing a TV , it is more important to look at the different display technologies and pixels used by manufacturers, rather than simply their number.

Brands differ slightly in the way they aim to increase brightness, achieve perfect blacks and produce a wide range of colors and offer different options at different prices.

The most important distinction is between LCD / LED and OLED screens which basically indicates the different ways to illuminate the pixels on the display.

LCD TVs (liquid crystal displays) offer much higher screen luminance, while OLED (light emitting diode) televisions provide precise pixel control.

Ving a constant light source on the back and a panel to allow light or lock it as an LCD TV and LED, with an OLED display only will light up every pixel that needs to be turned on.

As a result OLED is able to get a perfect black image without loss of light, providing better contrast.

This "perfect black" is called zero nits and is currently only possible on OLED displays.

LG is the only producer of OLED panels, and many other brands buy them before applying their technology to the final product.

However Samsung – a bitter rival of an LG-based colleague based in Korea – claimed a different horse.

It has QLED display (Q stands for Quantum Point) that uses a film of tiny semiconductor crystal particles that can be precisely controlled for their color output.

Samsung's QLED display is still backlit and is widely considered a step below the OLED. However, Samsung's new MicroLED technology that is just coming on the market promises to give OLED a run for its money and has been exposed to CES in a huge, frameless display that has the strength to be modular.

Several companies also have their versions of motion smoothing technologies designed to eliminate any blurring during fast-moving blows – a particularly important thing for sports lovers. This is just one example of the kind of technology that is most likely to have a major impact on your viewing experience.

The reporter traveled to Las Vegas as a guest of LG


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