Many consumers have yet to even truly adopt 4K Ultra HD, but Samsung is getting ready to unleash the first widely-available 8K TV in the US this fall, and it's absolutely massive. The company did not comment on HDMI 2.1 either but we are chasing details.
The Korean company estimates that shipments of 8K TVs applied with different displays will be around 60,000 units globally this year and reach 5.3 million units by 2022.
The company says that Q900R is also capable of 4000 nits peak brightness, which is about double of the current Samsung TVs and more than quadruple compared to OLED TVs. "Though pricing has not been detailed yet, the 85" display is set to launch in the USA in October (65", 75", and 82" screen sizes are also planned for other regions).
Adding up to a total of over 33 million pixels, the LG's 88-inch 8K OLED TV has a resolution of 7680x4320, which is an equivalent of four 4K TVs. It also comes with a slew of features like multiple device connectivity, and an ambient mode that showcases attractive images, weather, news and more on the screen. Both soundbars support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. At CES earlier this year, Samsung unveiled a prototype with a MFA (Micro Full Array) backlight behind the LCD panel but there is no mention of MFA in the press announcement at IFA.
Unlike conventional sets that use filters for smoothing, and detail enhancement and restoration processing for greater perceived detail, Samsung's 8K AI upscaler technology (delivered by the company's proprietary Quantum Processor 8K) is based on "machine learning" and can cleverly learn (and store in its database) what processing tools to use depending on the content type. Yesterday, Samsungs hometome rival LG announced the first 8K OLED TV for the consumer market.
"4K OLED played a major role in reshaping TV industry and LG is confident that 8K OLED will do the same".