What's the difference between 4K and 8K TV?
At IFA 2018 we saw Samsung unveil its first ever 8K TV. But just what is the difference between 4K and 8K?
But first, what is 8K?
In a nutshell, 8K has a resolution that’s four times greater than 4K to deliver the clearest picture possible. Your 4K TV at home will have a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. With 8K, that will now increase to a whopping 7680 x 4320 pixels.
More pixels mean more detail
That might seem like a lot of pixels, but it makes all the difference. Even more detail is crammed into the screen. If you thought 4K detail was immense, just wait until you see 8K in the flesh. You won’t even need to look up close to see intricate details.
While watching movies, you’ll be able to see every pore of your favourite actor’s skin, as if you were in the room with them. And nature documentaries will be a real treat – we got to see how 8K displays lush greens, and outdoor settings.
Every little detail appears to pop out from the screen like never before. At IFA 2018 we’ve been lucky enough to view a 4K picture alongside an 8K picture, and we can confirm there is a real improvement.
More intelligent TVs
This is smart TV, but not as we know it. At IFA 2018, Samsung launched its new Q900R 8K QLED TV, which uses artificial intelligence to upscale pictures. That means it can transform lower quality images into glorious 8K.
But it’s how the TV does this that makes it so interesting. It uses a machine learning tool that analyses content from multiple sources, and applies that data to upgrade the picture as you watch. The TV just knows what to do, and how to make the picture better.
It reduces noise, smooths the edges, and removes all the rough bits. The result is a picture smoother, and more vibrant than anything you’ve seen before.
8K TVs will be able to display more colours, thanks to better HDR skills. Samsung’s new TV for example will use HDR10+, which means you’ll see a wider colour palette no matter what you watch. The end result is a picture that looks more natural.
The wave of 8K TVs, when they arrive, will also herald better sound. While watching, you’ll feel like you’re in a cinema, at a gig, or at the ground of your favourite football team.
8K TVs will also improve the sound of anything you’re watching that’s not in 8K. The best TVs will upgrade what you’re listening to, and that's about more than just turning up the volume. The clarity and depth of detail will be unlike what you’ve heard before.
And that’s the difference between 4K and 8K. We’re impressed and can’t wait to see even more.