What’s Next in the Pixel Race?

October 21, 2015  |  Guest Writers, Techie

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According to a report by CNN Money, the world’s first 8K TV will cost $133,000 when it goes on sale Oct. 30. The article points out that there really isn’t much 8K video to actually watch. With a standard resolution of 7680 x 4320, there are 38 million pixels on the screen and offers four times the resolution as its 4K TV predecessor.

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But despite a lack of current programming, IHS predicts shipments of 8K TVS to increase from 2,700 shipments this year to 911,000 by 2019 in time for the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Japan is said to be actively backing 8K technology and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on board to broadcast the event in 8K.

Now that we’re facing a world of such ultra-high definition that we won’t even need 3D glasses, what does it mean for technology like 4K and SUHD? Here’s a look at the latest in pixel technology.

4K

4K boasts about 8 million more pixels than the standard 1080p set with images about 4,000 pixels wide. If you’re wondering if it’s going to get crushed by 8K technology, the answer is maybe eventually. But consider what AV Network reported on the IFA 2014 technology show in Berlin with an eye on the still emerging 4K technology. LG reportedly said that while there’s chatter about 8K, the technology is still a ways off for everyday consumers and 4K is poised to make a mainstream push during 2015. Meanwhile, Future Source Consulting expects 4K demand to grow upward of 72 percent until 2018.

OLED

OLED, which stands for organic light-emitting diode, can light each pixel up independently of each other unlike an LED light bulb. Until recently, OLED was mostly a cutting-edge technology used in smartphones and was difficult to translate to TV. Today OLED TVs are entering the market and offer enhanced color and response time. LG Electronics is currently the only company producing OLED TVs, as the technology for the size of a TV is still expensive and not ready for the mainstream. But just because LG is currently cornering the market on it doesn’t mean their competitors are sitting by the wayside.

SUHD

Samsung is ramping up its SUHD TVs and many compare it to LG’s OLED version. SUHD combines all of the sexiness of LED-backlit LCD technology with ULTRA 4K resolution and a curved screen. UHD stands for Ultra High Definition and the S was tacked on by Samsung as almost a signature statement, like when the company named one of its smartphones Galaxy 5S. It’s a more affordable option than the OLED but not as innovative. Because SUHD embraces existing technology with LED and LCD, it may not seem as innovative as when you lay your eyes on what’s coming up next. The 11K TV set.

11K

Samsung is reportedly working on an 11K smartphone screen for anyone who thinks a scant 2,000 pixel phone screen just isn’t enough. There’s talk it will showcase a prototype at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Like 8K technology, there’s buzz that the 11K debut will feature the ability to see 3D without wearing glasses. What exactly we’ll do with an 11K smartphone screen is yet to be seen, but it opens the door for more apps, entertainment and high-end business options that expand beyond streaming movies and instead brings our network to the forefront with 11,000 pixels.

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