Sure, 4K resolution is cool. But you know what's even cooler? 8K. And you know what's even better than that? Packing all those pixels into an OLED display.
And that's exactly what LG has done, bringing with it to the IFA conference in Berlin what it's calling the world's first 8K OLED TV — an 88-inch display at 7680x4320 resolution.
That's more than 33 million pixels, for those of you doing the math at home. And the cool thing about OLED (which stands for organic light emitting diode) is that each pixel can be turned off and on, instead of just backlighting regions of pixels. That means darker blacks (because they're truly black, because the pixels aren't even on), and brighter colors and better contrast.
This is one of those things you'll have to see to believe, no doubt. It's also still a little early, as LG hasn't given it a proper model name or any sort of pricing. But, damn, it's cool.
LG INTRODUCES WORLD'S FIRST 8K OLED TV AT IFA
First To Mass Produce Large Screen OLED TVs,
LG Poised to Lead Market in Advanced Premium TV Technologies
BERLIN, Aug. 29, 2018 — Already a leader in advancing TV innovation with its OLED TVs, LG Electronics (LG) is introducing the world's first 8K (7680 x 4320) OLED TV at IFA 2018. The 88-inch 8K LG OLED TV features over 33 million self-emitting pixels to produce the unmatched contrast ratio and true blacks that define OLED TV's iconic picture quality.
With OLED TV shipments in the market expected to double in 2018 and reach over nine million units by 2022, LG will continue to increase the OLED share in its premium TV portfolio and drive large scale consumer adoption of OLED TVs. While the 8K TV market is still in its infancy, it is expected to grow to more than 5 million units by 2022 and LG is committed to leading the ultra-premium market with its 8K OLED TV technology.
Despite advancements in LCD field, OLED has been often referred to as the "next-generation display technology" because it emits its own light, eliminating the need for any kind of backlighting. This allows for state-of-art TVs which redefine both the picture quality and the product design. Not only was LG able to pioneer such technologies, but it was also able to successfully market them.
"LG's first 8K OLED TV is the pinnacle of technological achievement and the next evolutionary step in display technology" said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company. "4K OLED played a major role in reshaping TV industry and LG is confident that 8K OLED will do the same."
Visitors can take a first look at the 88-inch 8K LG OLED TV at IFA 2018, along with other innovations in TV technologies in the LG booth in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin.
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