Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Look at 8K TVs and Monitors

Article Written By: Kevin Didi


   TVs and monitors have become increasingly popular as more and more people use high resolution screens at work and at home. Most TVs have a resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels. These TVs are known as 4K or UDH (ultra-high-definition). Some computer monitors are 4K, but many are still 1080p or Full HD, which is 1920 by 1080 pixels. But now, some companies have begun selling 8K TVs and monitors, with a resolution of 7680 by 4320 pixels. This means that it is 4 times sharper in image quality compared to UHD. Here are some 8K products available:


   Samsung was one of the first companies to release an 8K TV and it has made many variants since then. It sports one of the biggest TVs at 98” with more than 33 million pixels. It also utilizes Quantum HDR which allows for colours that feel more vibrant by increasing depth for clarity and making details sharper. The use of 8K Direct Full Array technology assists in this by improving contrast, making colours more precise. Samsung’s website sells 6 variants of the Class Q900 QLED Smart TV ranging from 55” to 98”. The 98” variant is sold at $99,999.99, but at the time of writing, this was on sale for $69,999.99, a 30% discount. The 55” variant has a much more reasonable price at $3499.99. Additional soundbars with Dolby Atmos, subwoofers, rear speakers, and warranty are also available for purchase.

Check out the Class Q900 here


   Dell has been known for its monitors, but it now presents itself with the world’s first 31.5” 8K monitor, the Ultrasharp 32. The Ultrasharp 32 has won several awards including “Best Monitor” and “Best Pixels” at CES 2017. It utilizes Dell PremierColor, which supports all major industry standards of colour such as sRGB, AdobeRGB and Rec. 709, coming out to a total of 1.07 billion colours. This monitor uses two DisplayPort inputs and 3 USB ports and has a refresh rate of 60Hz

Check out the Ultrasharp 32 here


   Sony has showcased their 8K TV but hasn’t released it yet. It was first showcased at CES 2019 and boasted technology that could scale lower-resolution images to 8K. It also used Smart TV coupled with Android TV to offer features such as Google Assistant, Google Play, and Netflix built in. At the time of writing, Sony’s Z9G, part of the Master Series, was not yet priced, but 85” and 98” variants were showcased.

Check out their 8K TV here

Image sourced from Samsung Class Q900 release page

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