Samsung Announces 8K TV UK Price and Availability

8K QLED, the future of TV? Or is 4K OLED still king?

by Aaron Macarthy Beards Oct 3, 2018 at 10:22 AM

  • At IFA 2018 we learned specific details about Samsung's, much hyped, 8K TVs. Now, we know the release date and prices too.
    The Q900R range will be the first 8K TVs to be available in the UK. They will be available for pre-order from October 3rd, 2018, with actual availability two weeks later on Wednesday, October 17th. So far, all we know is a starting price of £4,999.99, so we would imagine that this is for a 65” TV. That's not much when you consider that a 65” 4K set cost more just 5 years ago.

    8K has a horizontal resolution of 7680 pixels and a vertical resolution of 4320 pixels. 4K video has half that number of horizontal lines and vertical lines with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. Just ten years ago Full HD was the gold standard for resolution and its resolution is just 1920 x 1080. This means that an 8K TV, like the Q900R, has a resolution sixteen times higher than a 1080p set.

    Of course, there is a problem. In the UK there is no 8K content, unless you count some Youtube demo reels (and good luck streaming that unless you're one the 2 people with 1Gbps fibre optic speeds to the home broadband). In fact, we still don't have 4K over Freeview yet and many TV channels are still not HD. The BBC and ITV only tested 4K for this year's World Cup. Sky, Virgin Media and BT all have their own 4K offerings but mostly it's limited to sports and movies.

    Whilst 4K TVs have become the norm, 4K content, for most consumers, isn't. Many, at best, are still consuming 1080p content. We all know a person who has a 50” Full HD TV yet still watches SD channels and DVDs. For Samsung, this 8K release is more a proof of concept and about setting out a market.

    However, cynics out there may assume that Samsung is pushing 8K as the future of TV because they have missed out on OLED. For the past few years, Samsung has been selling QLED as the technology of the future. The problem is that QLED is a marketing term and not a true technology. OLED, on the other hand, is a technology with some truly fantastic benefits for image quality. Since Samsung hitched itself to the QLED brand, thus missing out on OLED, one could ask if 8K is just a way to pull consumers away from OLED?

    What do you think? Are you interested in 8K or will 4K still be your aim for your home? Does the lack of content dampen the appeal of 8K? Do you think Samsung will be able to get the upscaling right, so images look decent at such large screen sizes and pixel density?

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