CES is well under way and one thing that keeps being mentioned is Ultra HD, which is apparently four times the resolution of your standard HD TV. It all sounds like an amazing bit of innovation and shows how we’re coming up with far better technology much quicker, but Ultra HD – do we really need it?
With high definition TVs becoming common place in most households today, whether you take advantage of the HD feature or not for me it’s difficult to see why we’d need to bring in Ultra HD. I know it’s all down to the PPI, but how good does a picture have to be before it becomes almost life-like or is that what we’re trying to achieve? Also we’ve literally just gotten used to 720p and 1080p but thanks to Ultra HD we’ve now got to remember 4K and 8K. 4K has a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels, and 8K has a resolution of 7680 × 4320 pixels bringing us almost close to IMAX cinema quality.
So what do we have at CES? Samsung showed off their 85-inch UE85S9000 4K Ultra HD SmartTV, it’s so big it comes with it’s own “floating stand” (that also has a built in camera for Skype) and though it was large, the picture being displayed wasn’t all that bad, like you’d hope to expect from something four times better than standard HD. No confirmation of price or when it’ll be launched but I can guarantee you’ll be paying about 4K for it.
LG also stepped up to the Ultra HD plate offering a smaller 55-inch and 65-inch for “under $10,000” and their earlier released 85-inch model is on sale with $20,000 price tag.
Panasonic also chip in with their line of UHD 4K and 2K tablets. That’s right, we’re looking at a tablet with a 20-inch display with a resolution of 3840 x 2560 pixels that runs on NVidia GeForce graphics and a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3427U processor, so it’s pretty much as powerful as your standard desktop PC – again no pricing has been mentioned.
Fortunately though it seems that Ultra HD is aimed at those of us that want an excessively large TV or Tablet computer without having to compromise on the image – so don’t expect to see a 42″ UHD TV any time soon, but with the current price tags of the aforementioned UHD TV’s it looks as if the Average Joe will have to stick to standard 42-inch HD TV’s for now until 85-inch TV’s become a little more affordable..
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