The world of television technology has been at a high pace of innovation in recent years. After technologies like 4K, HDR, curved screens, OLED and more have gradually become widespread, the time has come for the next major evolution to make its way to you – 8K TV. It is the next major jump in resolution for TVs, and just like 4K, it will require new technologies to support it. Scroll ahead to find out all about what it is, what it needs to work and when it is coming.

What is 8K TV

To put it simply, 8K is a higher resolution than 4K. But there’s more to it than that. Full HD, or 1080p, is the resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. 4K doubled those numbers (and quadrupled the pixels) at 3,840 by 2,160. 8K repeats that cycle at 7,680 by 4,320. This means it has four times as many pixels as a 4K TV and 16 times that of a 1080p TV. It might also be referred to as 4320p, Ultra HD 8K and more.

8K TV price and release date

Far from being in the distant future, 8K TVs are already available in the market today, and you can buy one right now. These are quite early days and the prices are on the higher end, with Samsung’s recently launched models starting upwards of ₹5 lakh. TCL has also launched a 75-inch option at ₹ 3 lakh. In addition to that, you should know that 8K TVs are built larger than 4K TVs, since below a certain size, the additional pixel density is imperceptible. Be prepared for a TV at 60 inches and beyond if you’re planning to buy an 8K TV for yourself.

Should you buy an 8K TV

If you go ahead and get an 8K TV today, you will be among the first few to own one. As with any new technology, the prices will go down as it is optimised further. Additionally, there are smartphones today with the capability to record 8K footage, so it’s not like there’s a complete dearth of content. However, due to the high bandwidth requirement of the technology, streaming in 8K is not going to be a real possibility any time soon. So, to get an 8K TV, you need to be patient for the appropriate content to be available. It wasn’t too long ago that 4K was in a similar situation and today it is the standard.

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