LG has announced that it will headline at CES with a massive 88-inch 8K OLED TV. Now, you won’t find my much content to show off on this huge panel, and at 7,680 x 4,320 pixels, it has four times the sharpness of your old hat 4K TV, and 16 times as many pixels as your 1080p set.
LG is touting this only as a demo, so don’t expect the shelves at Best Buy to be lined with models just yet, but we should also expect Samsung to offer something similar for display at the January 9th CES extravaganza in Las Vegas.
This is clearly an upgrade to LG’s 77-inch 4K resolution panel, which costs an eye-watering $20,000, so we also shouldn’t bank on any 8K deals just yet, and as many of you know, CES is commonly a showcase for technology that will become available somewhere down the line. Not surprisingly, the South Korean electronics behemoth has not revealed a model number or pricing for the new unit yet, but consumers should get used to 8K parlance, particularly in light of the promised 8K broadcasting standard to be adopted for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
While rival Samsung has invested in the questionable-performance QLED (Quantum LED) tech, LG continues to power forward as the current industry leader with its capitalization on, and increased production of, OLED panels.
LG claims, “The 8K OLED displays can…maintain their slimmer design, as the self-emissive OLEDs do not need backlight units. LCDs with 8K resolution, however, inevitably get heavier and thicker because backlight units need to be place directly behind the panels to achieve the same level of brightness and picture quality as 4K products.”
Please report back if you get a chance to see the LG demo at CES 2018, or can measure its performance against whatever Samsung will almost certainly announce in the coming days!