Since it was reported that NHK would broadcast this year's Women's World Cup in 8K resolution, 8K TV has been a hot topic. I am wondering about, as of now, whether there has been 8K TV existing on the market. If any, what are its price, release date and advantages? Thanks in advance.
Before answering your question, a quick word on the definition of 8K. 8K resolution or Full Ultra HD (FUHD) is the highest ultra high definition television (UHDTV) resolution to exist in digital television and digital cinematography. 8K refers to the horizontal resolution of these formats, which all are on the order of 8,000 pixels, forming the total image dimensions (7680×4320). Simply put, 8K offers four times as many pixels as the 4K/UHD TVs.
Not long ago, YouTube provided its first 8K video named Ghost Towns. You can watch it online or download it for off-line playback with an online video downloader.
In fact, no 8K TV has been placed on the market yet. Nevertheless, one of the famous electronic manufacturers, Sharp, which presented 8K TV to the world for the first time ever in CES 2013, has planned on releasing its 8K TV publicly within 2015. As for the specific release date, it is still up in the air.
Sharp still remains tight-lipped about the price. However, we can have an educated guess according to the price tag of some 4K/UHD TVs. In 2012, Samsung and LG launched their 4K TVs, of which the 84-inch model would cost you no less than $20000. Given that we could come to the deduction that the 8K TV price will surpass that number.
In actuality, both 4K and 8K belong to the next generation of TV video technology: Super Hi-Vision. However, when compared with 4K TV, 8K TV has obvious advantages.
Due to the much higher HD resolution, 8K TV brings you much more life-like viewing experience. Whether you are watching a parade in the street or the sunflowers in the garden, you are entitled to every single detail as if you are standing right in front of the objects.
Additionally, 8K TV enjoys a maximum of 100 degrees horizontal viewing angle, which has been regarded as the best display environment by far, whilst 4K TV can only provide 55 degrees at most.