What You Should Know About New, 8K Ultra High-Def TVs

A glimpse of the future.

Man and woman watching movies on high-def TV.
Watch the highest-definition shows, movies and more on an 8K TV.Pexels

For many of us, 4K televisions are pretty new—we’re just getting used to this big step up in resolution and image quality. But the next evolution of television technology is already here, in a select few models available. Let’s talk 8K.

Samsung QN75Q900RBFXZA Flat 75-Inch QLED 8K Q900 Series Ultra HD Smart TV with HDR and Alexa Compatibility (2019 Model)
This display has an artificial intelligence system to upscale 4K content, so it looks better than ever.Samsung Electronics

We used to refer to television resolution—the number of pixels on the screen—by just using that number, like 720p and 1080p. But those numbers pretty quickly got too large. 4K has 4,096 pixels horizontally, which also happens to be four times as many pixels as 1080p. 8K, though, has four times as many pixels as 4K, and 16 times more than 1080p. You know how in modern smartphones, you can stick your face right up to the screen and not be able to see individual pixels? Imagine that, but on a gigantic television.

Samsung 65" Q900TS QLED 8K UHD Smart TV with Alexa Built-in QN65Q900TSAFXZA 2020
In addition to its crazy-high resolution, this unit also includes four speakers that create a surround-sound effect.Samsung

The big question with 8K displays is, well, is there 8K content to watch? There is some out there, but it’s not standard yet: 8K cameras are very expensive, and editing 8K videos is difficult and time-consuming. But future Olympics will be filmed in 8K, and there are new advancements in camera tech—it’s really just a matter of time. In the meantime, your 4K content will still look amazing on an 8K screen.

Samsung 65-inch Class QLED Q800T Series - Real 8K Resolution Direct Full Array 24X Quantum HDR 16X Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (QN65Q800TAFXZA, 2020 Model)
With both voice commands and a special universal remote that can work with all of your compatible devices and apps, this product makes it really easy to find something to watch.Samsung Electronics

Even though there isn’t a ton of 8K content out there, it’s not necessarily crazy to consider an 8K television. For one thing, they are a little bit future-proof: new gaming consoles, for example, will support 8K, and the next generation is just around the corner. For another, these are premium, flagship TVs; they come with all the bells and whistles, including voice control, thin bezels, upscaling and local dimming. If you’re watching 4K—or even 1080p—videos, they’ll still look great.

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