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Gunfight at the 8K corral

Samsung’s ultra-mega-hyper-HD TV is in town, and it’s gunning for your 4K set. But with no 8K content to watch, is this sharp shooter a little too quick on the draw?

Sometimes the distance between ‘want’ and ‘need’ can be significant.

Take television standards, for example. When Full HD sets first arrived, their 1920x1080 screens represented a big improvement in picture quality over standard definition and were supported by a reasonable amount of Full HD content. Consumers were falling over themselves to upgrade.

Then came 4K (3840x2160): a clear upgrade again, but these televisions came well in advance of 4K discs and broadcasts; so customers were wary – and 4K has taken a while to gain proper market traction.

Now, after quite a few years of prototype demonstrations by a few different TV makers at trade shows, Samsung has bitten the bullet and launched a range of 8K TVs. That’s a resolution of 7680x4320.

More pixels means more information, means more detail, means better picture quality. So 8K is a no-brainer, yes?

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