A New Video Standard Will Allow 8K Laptop Screens

By Jamie Condliffe on at

If you think your 4K laptop drips with graphical power, remember that all things are relative – and a new video standard will allow laptops to make use of 8K screens.

The Video Electronics Standards Association has unveiled the Embedded DisplayPort 1.4a. It's a new video transfer format, and it uses compression to squeeze more data into the video feed for laptops and all-in-one computers. In fact, it squeezes enough data in to power 8K screens, or panels with 7,680 x 4,320 pixels.

But it won't just help the super-resolution screens; the same compression should also help improve devices with lower quality displays, too. Fewer data paths will now be required to power low-res screens, so a laptop with a 4K displays could, in theory, offer longer battery life while still providing the same performance.

The new standard should feature in laptops by 2016 – though you may have to wait a little longer for a mobile 8K display. [Display Port via PCWorld via Engadget]