Is it time to say goodbye to 4K?

As the broadcasting world slowly adjusts to 4K content, Sharp has thrown the cat among the pigeons and released an 8K TV. But with 4K programmes and films still thin on the ground, is Sharp’s surprise release just a thirst to be first, or should you start saving for one? We take a look at exactly what Sharp has to offer, and whether this could be the shape of things to come. Looking for something a little more cost-effective? Our Best TV Deals for September can help you save a packet on a great set.  Everything you need to know about Sharp’s 8K TV What’s it called? There’s no fancy naming gimmicks here. It’s simply called the LC-70X500  What’s the resolution? 7680 x 4320 pixels. Twice that of a 4K panel and 16 times the number of pixels on a Full HD TV. How big is it? Sharp is planning a full range, but the first will have a 70-inch screen. It’s likely you’ll need a large TV to really see the benefit of 8K. What will it cost you? Sharp isn’t saying, probably because the price would dominate the headlines rather than the fact it’s the first 8K TV. TV prices tend to skyrocket if the panels get any bigger than 70 inches, so we can at least be a little optimistic that buying this TV won’t require you to sell a kidney. When can you buy it? It goes on sale in China and Sharp’s native Japan in March 2018. There’s no word on a UK launch yet, but Sharp is releasing an 8K computer monitor here. The big question remains: should you buy it? Is this the death of 4K TV? The short answer is ‘no’. The long answer is ‘no – you absolutely shouldn’t throw away your 4K TV’. If you spend any time channel-surfing, you won’t see much 4K content hanging around. Sky and Virgin have only just released TV boxes capable of 4K, and broadcasters such as the BBC are only still dipping their toes into the 4K water. Your best option for 4K content is streaming services. Netflix’s original programming is available in 4K, as are some shows on iPlayer including Planet Earth II. 4K Blu-rays are another option, as long as you have a player that supports them – an ordinary Blu-ray player won’t work. Find out which UHD Blu-ray players come out on top in our tests. 4K TVs have been around for a fair few years now and have become affordable, but the response from content makers has been as slow as a snail in quicksand – so there’s no chance that ITV will be rushing to get Corrie filmed in 8K. Who is going to buy this then? UK broadcasters may not be bringing a lot to the table when it comes to UHD content, but on the other side of the world, Japan has been quick off the mark. Japanese national broadcaster NHK is ready to roll out 8K programming next year. By announcing the device at IFA in Berlin it’s obvious that Sharp wanted global attention, but in reality the TV is very much for an eastern market. That won’t stop other people with a surplus of cash from buying the LC-70X500 of course. It’s nice to have the latest thing, if you can afford it, and the picture may look excellent if you’re watching Full HD or 4K shows. It also upscales what you’re watching to 8K – or rather, we’d expect it to be a rough imitation of it. Sharp’s push into 8K isn’t just for TV either: it is releasing 8K cameras and 8K TV receivers, so when the content is ready you will actually have a means to watch it. Did Sharp jump the gun? Yes and no. This makes more sense for Japanese customers and, at the end of the day, with any new technology someone has to go first. Just don’t bank on 8K becoming the standard any time soon. Fortunately there are plenty of great TVs around that you can buy right now. Browse all of our Best buy televisions.

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Where did the 4K TV come from?

Where did the 4K TV come from?

4K and 8K TV represent the upper and lower parts of the Ultra-High Definition (UHD) standard. UHD, a video format recommended by NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories in 2007, allows videos to be played with 24, 25, 50, 60 or even 120 FPS.

The 4K UHDTV doubles the current 1080p with 2160p resolution. With 3840 × 2160 resolution, which is two times longer and twice as wide, it can display an image of 8.1MP. Today’s HD screens can provide a 2.1MP image. “4K” refers to the number of horizontal pixels, although counting vertical pixels has become the industry standard.

At 8K, you get 7680 × 4320 resolution, which is twice as high as 4K. To reach the number of pixels of an 8K, you have to take 4 HDTVs in a row. 8K TVs can display an image of 33.2MP.

But UHDTV has some problems that need to be addressed as well as all new technologies. For example, the current network infrastructure, this tele …

LG Introduced Largest OLED

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Japanese Giant brings 8K to Europe

Sharp Corporation has announced that it will bring 8K to Europe while people are just getting used to the 4K idea. Even so, the company claimed that it would present these products until March 2018.

Sharp to sell world’s 1st 8K TV in China from Oct

Sharp to sell world’s 1st 8K TV in China from Oct

Sharp Corp will begin selling the world’s first 8K ultra high-definition TV in China from October and in Japan from December, the electronics maker said Thursday.

The 70-inch liquid crystal display Aquos 8K is expected to carry a price tag of around 60,000 yuan in China and about 1 million yen in Japan, or both around $9,000 when converted.

It will be capable of displaying greater contrast between the dark and light parts of an image and producing more vibrant colors. It will also upscale 4K and full HD images to 8K quality, the company said.

Sharp announces 70-inch AQUOS 8K TV, pushing 7680 x 4320

Sharp announces 70-inch AQUOS 8K TV, pushing 7680 x 4320

Home News Displays & Projectors Sharp announces 70-inch AQUOS 8K TV, pushing 7680 x 4320 Sharp pushes into the 8K television market, offering AQUOS 8K TVs in 2018 By: Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors News | Posted: 1 hour, 33 mins ago Comment | Email to a Friend | Font Size: AA For those of you that know my style of content, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with high resolutions and refresh rate, as well as display technology in general.     This is the driving reason behind my personal purchase of the only 8K monitor on the market, Dell UP3218K – and now, Sharp have just announced their new AQUOS-branded 8K TV. Sharo has announced their next-gen AQUOS Series 8K TVs will be released in China, Japan, and Taiwan between October 2017 and February 2018. Europe will receive the 8K set in March 2018.   Sharp’s next-gen 8K TV comes in at a huge 70 inches, but other than that all we know is that Sharp’s new AQUOS Series 8K TV will have 4 x HDMI inputs. It will have an HDMI input dedicated to 8K content, while the other HDMI ports will accept 4K and 2K output with 8K upscaling.

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