With CES 2014 just around the corner, TV manufacturers are focusing on massive 4K Ultra-HD displays that will be hitting the market next year. Thursday, Samsung and LG announced they each would unveil 105-inch televisions at the Consumer Electronics Show, providing an even greater reason for tech enthusiasts to attend the annual Las Vegas event.
Although many have referred to these televisions as 4K, LG and Samsung have actually designed them to work at an even greater resolution in order to accommodate a theater-like display ratio. It is not often that consumer-oriented televisions natively support a 21:9 ratio, as these sets both do, making it possible to replicate a theater environment.
11 Million Pixels
Black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, the enemy of any true movie-fiend, will no longer be a legitimate issue with either of these new displays from Samsung and LG. Both of the TVs feature a 5120x2160 LCD screen, which means the displays will include a total of 11 million pixels.
LG has separated its TV from the rest by including Thin Film Transistor technology. TFT allows the TV to offer an even better viewing experience at odd angles by removing the potential for color bleeding, according to LG.
While LG may have some features that build on its TV's actual display resolution and viewing experience, Samsung has a few tricks up its own sleeve. One of those tricks is the Quadmatic Picture Engine, which is Samsung's way of assuring that no matter where the content comes from, the TV will display the content at 4K. In some ways, this technology is similar to 1080p upscaling, which has been included in many devices for quite some time.
4K and the Future
TV is changing in numerous ways, but the way that it is actually viewed may well be progressing the fastest. The ultra-high definition frontier of TV and computer monitors is 4K resolution, and yet some companies are already looking toward 8K and other resolutions that are even greater.
Although the benefit of 4K is obvious and most people can see the difference between a 1080p TV and a 4K TV, many people have argued that anything past 4K has rapidly diminishing returns. Only a few months ago, 4K displays were selling for tens of thousands of dollars, and while the price has come down, the technology is far from becoming an affordable standard.
Neither LG nor Samsung have released pricing details for their coming TVs, and although they likely will be more expensive that a middle-class consumer can afford, they also likely will hit a price point that display enthusiasts may be willing to pay.
Now that the film industry is moving toward shooting movies and shows in 4K, the technology may become a standard sometime in the near future, but any resolution past that is unlikely to catch on for years.