8K TVS: MORE PIX­ELS THAN YOU NEED?

This year’s res­o­lu­tion will get sharper so screens can be­come even big­ger

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What is 8K?

It’s a mea­sure of screen res­o­lu­tion; 8K images are roughly 8,000 pix­els wide. TVs with 8K screens have around 33 mil­lion pix­els in to­tal – four times that of 4K TVs – to of­fer a su­per-clear, life­like pic­ture.

Do we need all those pix­els?

That de­pends. You prob­a­bly won’t no­tice the dif­fer­ence in a TV that’s 65 inches or smaller, but up­wards of that, screen size is lim­ited by res­o­lu­tion. 8K al­lows you to go re­ally big; a lot of the 8K TVs in­tro­duced at IFA were over 80 inches. Then there’s the is­sue of 8K con­tent. Some Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tions have started us­ing 8K cam­eras, and the 2020 Olympics will be broad­cast in 8K, but only in Ja­pan. The move to 8K seems in­evitable, but it’ll take some time.

When can I buy one?

8K TVs have ac­tu­ally been on sale for a while. Sharp sells an 70-inch model for just over £10,000. But given that so many were pre­sented at IFA, we ex­pect to see more mod­els trick­ling into stores by the end of this year.

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