Samsung and LG Battle for 8K Supremacy

Samsung and LG Battle for 8K Supremacy
The two companies have shown off 8K televisions despite the lack of 8K content.

(CCM) — Samsung and LG have unveiled what they claim is the next generation of television technology: large screens with 8K display resolution. The two companies were showing off the successors to the current range of high definition 4K television screens at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin this week, CNBC is reporting.

8K screens have four times as many pixels as 4K screens, and 16 times as many as standard "Full HD" screens, making the images they display much clearer when using 8K content.

But there is currently very little 8K content available, meaning that the new televisions will have to "upscale" existing 4K and Full HD content. That means that owners will not get the full benefit of an 8K screen until more 8K content becomes available.

Another potential stumbling block for the new technology is that streaming 8K content requires a huge amount of bandwidth, meaning that most consumers will be unable to receive it over the internet for the foreseeable future.

The two firms are using competing technologies in their 8K screens. Samsung is using quantum dot organic light emitting diode (QLED) screens, while LG is using the more familiar organic light emitting diode (OLED) screen technology which some experts argue creates better contrast between colors.

Samsung and LG have not released pricing information for the new 8K televisions, but they are both likely to cost in excess of $10,000 when they are released in October.

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