What is 8K TV?

What is an 8K

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An 8K TV displaying a zoom-in of a pink and yellow daisy with a blue spotted butterfly on its petals. The flower and parts of the butterfly continue off screen to show what cannot be seen on the TV.

What does 8K mean?

An 8K TV is a TV that has a screen with 7,680 horizontal and 4,320 vertical pixels for a total of approximately 33 million pixels. The "K" in 8K stands for Kilo (1000), meaning a TV that has achieved a horizonal resolution of about 8,000 pixels.

8K TV is the highest resolution TV that has been released recently among UHD (ultra high definition) TVs. With four times more pixels than a 4K TV—another type of UHD resolution—8K TVs show a sharper and more detailed picture quality. This is because in 8K TVs pixels are so small they cannot be distinguished even from close up, making highly detailed images a reality.

8K with 7680 × 4320 pixels has 16 times the pixels of FHD with 1920 × 1080 pixels. Also, 4K with 3840 × 2160 pixels, FHD and 8K are shown with a 4 times difference in pixels between each them.

See the difference in picture quality

So, how good are 8K TVs compared to traditional TVs? Let's compare them to Full HD TVs and 4K UHD TVs to find out.

The resolution in 8K TVs is 4 times higher than that of 4K UHD TVs, and 16 times higher than that of Full HD TVs. Higher resolution means that there are more pixels that make up the screen. In other words, on the same size TVs, pixels are more densely packed within the same area which allows for a much more sophisticated and realistic image representation. This provides an overwhelming sense of immersion when you watch the TV.

The term used to describe the number of pixels in a given area is called PPI (Pixels Per Inch), and naturally a higher PPI number means higher pixel density. Typically, PPI should be at least 50 or more in order to enjoy various kinds of video content. With that being said, on a 75" 8K TV the PPI is 117 while on a 4K TV and FHD TV it's 59 PPI and 29 PPI respectively.

The same dog images with different picture quality show a 4K vs 8K High Definition comparison. The image having 8K High Definition on the right side displays a more clear picture than the one of 4K Definition on the left side.
A split-screen video close-up of a Golden Retriever shows the difference in image quality between 4K and 8K definition. Comparing 4K vs 8K, a TV screen with an 8K display gives more details of the picture.

Turn what you love into 8K with AI Upscaling

All 8K TVs have Upscaling technology, however every TV maker implements their own specific technology to produce 8K-like quality visuals.

In 2019, Samsung 8K TV has been introduced with its own specialised 8K AI Upscaling* technology. The AI Upscaling technology uses a method that collects and learns a wide variety of content characteristics by type and then stores them in a database. It later uses that database to process similar image types again, making for a much more sophisticated Upscaling process. With Upscaling being so important and having various choices available, ensure that you compare and choose the best one.

* Viewing experience may vary according to types of content and format. ‘AI Upscaling’ may not apply to PC connection, and certain conditions of Game Mode.
8K AI Upscaling converts low resolution display like SD, HD, and FHD to 8K-like high resolution display.

8K TVs, the latest TV technology

8K TVs are the comprehensive outcome of state-of-the-art display panel technology, top quality picture technology and the best semiconductor technology. As a result, Samsung as well as other major TV makers are now applying 8K resolution to their top TV models. If you want to buy the best TV currently available, an 8K TV is the way to go.

An 8K TV displays a high definition zoom-in of the head of a hawk with brown and white feathers.

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