Do you remember back in the early 90s when high definition Televisions had started to become popular in many households? Remember the admiration you had for the families that were fortunate enough to own a HD TV? Yes you probably do. The sharpness and clarity of the television elicited gasps of amusements from many people. The experience seemed almost incomparable to the current existing technology.
The year 2018 has however seen several top companies; the likes of LG, SONY, SAMSUNG introduce some extremely huge 4K and 8K television sets with close to sixteen times as many pixels as those old 1080 pixel HD TVS. Sony were actually among the first tech company to introduce the most mind-blowing super sharp TVs in the CES 18 show held in las Vegas early this year.
Most of the TV world is still busy transitioning into the 4K Television era, but this year’s CES 18 show saw many companies flaunting some rather ingenious 8K television design that looked totally futuristic. 8K is four times the resolution of 4K, and it delivers the sort of intense pixel density that makes OLED panels look even more stunning than usual
Before we take a look at five of some of the biggest and advanced TVs we can expect in 2018, first you need to understand what 4K and 8K TVs are in relation to their resolution capacity .The 4K resolution, also known as ,Ultra HD is the standard resolution for television now and has 3840 by 2160 pixels. The Television has crammed up over 8.3 million pixels which increases the pixel density resulting into a clearer better defined picture with more details and texture.
The 8K televisions are the latest additions in the Television world. It has a higher resolution standard than 4K quadrupling the total number of pixels to have 7680 by 4320 resolution which is approximately 8,000 horizontal pixels.
As much as there have been issues in pricing, or the huge amount of investigation and investment into how 8K content could make its way into people’s homes or the fact that many of the 8K televisions may still be in a prototype form, if what was showcased in CES 18 is anything to go by, 8K TVs could be hitting the markets sooner than we realize. (Well if the manufacturers make good on their promise to deliver)
LGs 88-inch 8K OLED TV
LG has been pushing TV displays to ever-greater sizes and resolutions. The previous highest resolution TV was a 77-inch 4K display TV manufactured by LG. However after the company got approval from the south Korean trade ministry to build a new organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel, they came up with the 88- inch 8K TV concept, the largest TV in the world.
THE 88-inch 8K OLED TV is simply a TV out of this world. The resolution of this thing is a little over 33 megapixels, which is higher than the vast majority of still-photography cameras, while even the crispest 4K footage can fill only a quarter of this screen (without the need for up scaling). Many tech experts actually consider it a ridiculous concept just like by Dell’s lovely but limited 8K desktop monitor. The price and specifications are yet to be made public.
The 146 inch modular The Wall by Samsung
This is by far one of the biggest television panels we could expect. As the name suggests, this great innovation by Samsung is expected to be a whopping 146 inches big. Hence the name “The Wall” This monstrosity of a television Panel features Micro LED technology.
The company says that it is designed in such a way that its modular in the sense that you can break pieces off it if it’s too big to fit on your living room ,allowing it to transform into any size. Clearly this panel is not meant for every tom dick and harry. And besides doubt many of our regular Kenyan brothers and sisters will be able to afford it, and what are you supposed to do with the extra pieces if your living room wall is les s than 146 inches.
Samsung has announced that the wall modular TV will be available for purchase this august although no price has been announced yet.
Sony 85 inch X900F 4K ultra HD Smart TV
AS much as most companies are focusing on OLED television panels this year, Sony’s 85 inch LCD TV is one gorgeous television that proves there is still some life left for LCD TVs. IT features a full array of local dimming LED backlight and is cheaper than OLED versions.
THE X900F offers Dolby Vision HDR support which includes powerful real-time image processing for ultra-detailed pictures. It takes everything you watch and up scales it to near 4K HDR quality. Just like many TVS we expect this year. Its pricing is currently estimated at $5298 on Amazon and is still not available for shipping to Kenya.
Sony Bravia A8F OLED
This perhaps the most noticeable 4K OLED television panels due to the Acoustic surface technology used to design it. The TV mostly features a deep black and natural color on the panel of the TV which functions as the sound system as well.
The acoustic technology used allows it to forgo the sound bar typically found at the bottom of standard televisions giving it a smaller and much cleaner footprint. The sound that emanates from the television is much better and clearer due to the built-in subwoofer at the back of the TV. The estimated price range of the TV is $3800 though the release date is yet to be set.
LG 77 Inch OLED wallpaper
This television features a picture-on-wall design that is so light, so simple that it allows it to lie virtually so flat that it seems to blend with the wall and disappear. It uses a uniquely efficient OLED technology that makes it appear beautiful on or off. It is simply the purest form a television can take and the ultimate in minimalism. It supports Dolby Atmos, HDR and Dolby vision. It currently retails at $19000 at EBay