We take an in-depth look at the latest buzzword in tech — ultra high definition — and enlist HP’s new star, the ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation, to see what it offers image editing.
‘Ultra high definition’, more commonly referred to by its snappy shorthand, UHD, is the next step up from ‘ full high definition’ (full HD or FHD), the official name for the display resolution 1920x1080 that has dominated our screens for the past decade. Set to replace full HD as the highest-resolution option available for consumer-grade screens, UHD betters its predecessor four-fold, offering a massive 3840x2160 pixels. Add these pixels one by one, and you’ll end up at an astounding 8,924,400. 4K professional production and cinema standard. The idea was to replace the now very familiar photographic term ‘4K’, but that lasted less than a day, as Sony announced shortly after that it was going to amalgamate the two terms, calling the technology ‘4K ultra high definition’.
Sony’s usage seems to have taken hold — and across the photographic and video-imaging industries, you’ll often see the consumer standard UHD used interchangeably with the professional numerical shorthand, 4K, as leading brand names seek to cover all the buzzword bases — if, perhaps, at the expense of brevity.