CES 2018 News: LG announce 88-inch 8K OLED TV

All the eights

by Steve Withers Jan 2, 2018 at 10:38 AM

  • As is often the case, LG have fired the first shots of CES with the announcement of an 88-inch 8K OLED TV.
    LG Display had already announced their intention to begin production of 8K and larger screen size OLED TVs in 2019, so this announcement comes as a pleasant surprise and a clear statement of intent. LG have invested heavily in OLED technology and last year that investment paid off handsomely with the Korean manufacturer taking the top spot in terms of premium TV sales.

    LG have previously produced 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs in 55, 65 and 77-inch screen sizes, making this new TV the largest screen size and highest resolution OLED TV to date. Aside from its size and resolution not much else is known about the new model but in the absence of HDMI 2.1 (which is essential for 8K) and any native 8K content, we suspect this is more of a technological showcase than a viable product.

    We would still expect the manufacturers to concentrate on 4K, High Dynamic Range and Wide Colour Gamut for the moment, with High Frame Rate waiting in the wings. However, with NHK's plans to broadcast the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 8K, we can expect to see manufacturers begin releasing more 8K models over the next two years, and using HDMI 2.1 as well, as they continue to push the technological boundaries.

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