8K TVS: MORE PIXELS THAN YOU NEED?
This year’s resolution will get sharper so screens can become even bigger
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.