CES 2018: Samsung's 8K TVs Will be Available to Buy Later This Year

By Tom Pritchard on at

4K can seemingly do one. It's now within the affordability range of a lot of people, meaning the big display companies are dumping it in favour of something new and expensive. We already saw some 8K TVs at IFA last September, but with CES upon us we're seeing a lot more.

Samsung's not one to be left behind, and it's revealed some 8K TVs that will go on sale in the second half of this year.

There are some caveats, though. For starters Samsung won't be making any 8K TVs with displays smaller than 65-inches, and the displays will only be QLED rather than the usual OLED or LCD. So that means these TVs are going to be horrendously expensive. We don't have any prices yet, but it's likely that you'll be able to buy a semi-decent used car for the same amount of money.

The other downside is that while these displays will probably look incredible, there isn't going to be much, if any, 8K content to watch on them. 4K content is only just starting to gain mainstream appeal, what with the increasing number of 4K games, video downloads, and Blu-rays out there, so it's going to be a while before 8K kicks off.

The upside is that these TVs will be able to upscale lower resolution content, so hopefully watching a film with bad CGI doesn't look horrendously fake on the shiny new screens. In fact Samsung will be employing deep learning AI to make the process better and more efficient. That means it'll help reduce image noise, enhance the edges, and create new detail incredibly quickly. It's not just imagery, either, with the AI working to improve the sound - ensuring the content can be recognised and optimised automatically.

While it's not been specifically announced, you can probably bet Samsung will throw the Bixby virtual assistant in there somewhere. If not at launch, you know it'll be in a future update.

There's no word on pricing or availability beyond 'later 2018', but you can be sure we'll hear about the new sets in the coming months. Then we can all join together and sob over the fact we couldn't possibly afford one. [Pocket Lint]


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