‘World’s First’ 8K from LG Definitely Here?

From the CES announcement in January (which we covered here), LG Electronics has finally announced today that it will indeed be introducing the world’s first 8K (7680 x 4320) OLED TV. Also previewed at IFA, the 88-inch class 8K LG OLED TV features over 33 million self-emitting pixels to produce better contrast ratio and truer blacks. With all that said, we still don’t have any information on price or shipping date (not that many mortals will be considering the new panel just yet) and, as several HTF members argued back in January, what exactly is the point of any 8K screen smaller than the entire surface area of a living room wall?

LG claims OLED TV shipments in the market are expected to double in 2018 and reach over nine million units by 2022. LG will continue to increase the OLED share in its premium TV portfolio and attempt to drive greater consumer adoption of OLED TVs. While the 8K TV market is still in its infancy, it is expected to grow to more than 5 million units by 2022, and LG is committed to leading the ultra-premium market with its 8K OLED TV technology.

Despite advancements in LCD field, LG believes OLED tech will continue to be the “next generation display technology” because it emits its own light, eliminating the need for any kind of backlighting. This should allow for state-of-art TVs which redefine both the picture quality and the product design. Not only was LG the pioneer of the technology, but the company also confidently states it was able to successfully market them.

“LG’s first 8K OLED TV is the pinnacle of technological achievement and the next evolutionary step in display technology” said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company. “4K OLED played a major role in reshaping TV industry and LG is confident that 8K OLED will do the same.”

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21 Comments

  1. At what point does technology surpass the ability of the healthy human eye to discern any difference–or, for that matter, the ability of the human brain to really care?

  2. Brilliant! More resolution from our monitors when most of our streaming services cannot even grapple effectively with broadcasting 1080p content – let alone 4K!

    How about this for a creative brain fart? Let's get our home video content up to speed with the current resolution and format requirements before we go willy-nilly-silly into the stratosphere over a resolution most of us will likely never be able to discern as 'an improvement.' Novel idea, n'est pas?

  3. Suitable for full IMAX. I would be thrilled just to have 1080p/12 bit/HDR/WCG for TV and 2160p/12 bit/HDR/WCG for projection.

    Best regards and beautiful pictures,
    G. Alan Brown, President
    CinemaQuest, Inc.
    SMPTE, Professional Video Alliance, THX, ISF, Lion AV Consultants

    "Advancing the art and science of electronic imaging"

  4. Mike Frezon

    Wouldn't, maybe, the good news here be that the sooner they roll out 8k technology that the prices on 4k gear may start to drop? 😀

    Yeah, but you know as well as I do that a lot of home theater enthusiasts are also gearheads so 4K would become passe' and only an 8K would do, even if the improvement was minimal. 😉

  5. I'll wait for the 100" or better UUHD set that comes in a tiny box and weighs less than 10 LBs. You just unroll it and stick it on your wall. On a more serious note, 8K may seem like overkill but it does move the distance out where the full resolution of 4K becomes apparent.

  6. Edwin-S

    Yeah, but you know as well as I do that a lot of home theater enthusiasts are also gearheads so 4K would become passe' and only an 8K would do, even if the improvement was minimal. 😉

    Yeah. Well, let 'em.

    I just want the prices on the 4k OLEDs to come down for my own personal benefit! 😀

  7. DavidMiller

    Samsung is going to beat the LG one out… I'm interested in the 88" OLED depending on how outrageous the price is.

    I don't even want to know the price, because it will be so far out of my comfort zone for a purchase.

  8. If I move my seating up to about one screen width from my LG 65E6P I can see pixel structure. It is not an “in your face” obtrusive screen door, but I can definitely perceive it. It is still somewhat subtle, but it is there.

    I wouldn’t be sitting that close for normal “TV” watching now, but thinking ahead to the day when I might be able to get something at 100” or greater in size to take the place of using a projector for my home theater I would want it to be 8K. Not because I think there would be some significant benefit in percieved resolution, but because there should be a complete lack of any perception of pixel structure at the distance I would prefer to view “home theater” when approaching about one screen width.

    At the distance most folks would sit from a TV in their living room though, I doubt anyone would notice much of a difference either way.

  9. Dave Moritz

    With my luck I will purchase a Sony 4K OLED and the following year the 8K's will come out!

    And you and I both know, Dave…that if that's what happens, you'll still have a mighty good display and you'll enjoy it a ton! 😀

    I know I hope I can afford a 4k OLED when my Panasonic Plasma eventually bites the dust.

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