IFA 2018 has come and gone, and one of the amazing things we’ve heard a brand announced is Samsung’s new 8K resolution television sets. The Korean tech giant has pushed the envelope of home entertainment, with ultra-large televisions that can output in 8K. It’s bad enough we still don’t own a 4K TV, or even process videos in 4K (takes too much memory, most people view on mobile, etc.), but here we are in the future, in glorious and life-like 8K resolution.
During its press conference at the IFA 2018, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is to announce its foray into 8K with the unveiling of the new QLED 8K model, complete with 8K AI Upscaling. Available in four ultra-large screen sizes (65”, 75”, 82” and 85”), Samsung QLED 8K TV will feature several 8K-ready enhancements, including Real 8K Resolution, Q HDR 8K and Quantum Processor 8K, all created to bring 8K-quality images to life.
Samsung’s QLED 8K with 8K AI Upscaling is a part of the company’s long-term vision of leading 8K to the forefront as the most accurate and life-like screen resolution on the market.
“At Samsung, we’ve worked tirelessly over the years to move the industry forward when it comes to premium picture quality, and the introduction of our QLED 8K with 8K AI Upscaling is an integral component as we look to the future of displays,” said Jongsuk Chu, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We’re thrilled to introduce the Q900R to consumers and are confident that they will experience nothing short of brilliance in color, clarity and sound on our new 8K-capable models.
To achieve 8K-quality images, the Samsung QLED 8K features Real 8K Resolution capable of 4,000 nit peak brightness – a standard met by most film studios. This feature allows the TV to produce four times more pixels than a 4K UHD TV and 16 times more pixels than a full HD TV. Q HDR 8K is powered by HDR (High Dynamic Range) 10+ technology, which optimizes the TV’s brightness levels and produces pristine colors and images. This is incorporated to deliver pictures as intended by filmmakers and other content creators.
Samsung’s proprietary 8K AI Upscaling technology based on artificial intelligence also comes equipped with picture and sound quality to a level compatible with 8K regardless of the original source quality or format. Whether a user is watching content through a streaming service, set-top box, HDMI, USB or even mobile mirroring, the Quantum Processor 8K recognizes and upscales the content to appear in 8K quality.
In addition, the Q900R features Direct Full Array Elite for enhanced contrast and precise backlighting control, and also 100% Color Volume, enabling users to witness billions of shades of color for the purest color accuracy to-date.
Focusing on user efficiency, the QLED 8K model features a slate of new functions that enable consumers to use their TVs differently while maintaining the highest quality in picture and sound. For example, the TV recognizes and analyzes a number of connected entertainment devices like audio devices connected via optical cable with One Remote, then auto switches the TV’s image source and audio output for an optimized viewing experience.
Lifestyle features, such as Ambient Mode, have been enhanced to seamlessly blend the TV in the surrounding space by showcasing beautiful images, weather, news and more on the screen. The One Invisible Connection, which comes standard at 5 meters, incorporates the optical cable and power in one seamless cord, giving users more freedom to decide where and how they place the TV.
Smart enhancements, such as SmartThings, further add to the TV’s ability to provide users with greater access to information and make their lives easier, and the Universal Guide provides personalized recommendations to easily find live and OTT content on TV.
Samsung will showcase its latest television and audio announcements in its booth at IFA, located at the City Cube Berlin on Level 2.