Published on January 11th, 2018 | by Gary Johnson0
LG 8K 88-inch OLED TV unveiled
TV technology continues to progress since the move was made to flat panel units. While many purists prefer the natural deeper blacks Plasma screens provide TV manufacturers ditched the technology due to manufacturing costs, and the issue of 4K. OLED technology boasts the colour reproduction that easily matches if not betters Plasma and now LG has revealed an 8K 88-inch OLED TV.
OLED TV technology doesn’t require artificial backlights unlike LCD, LED TVs, therefore can offer perfect black levels, and now LG has unveiled a massive 88-inch unit that offers an 8K resolution at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
At the moment many consumers are only just switching to 4K and HDR resolution displays and there isn’t any 8K content currently available so you won’t need to make the switch for a few years yet and LG hasn’t revealed any pricing or availability of the TV.
The TV has a maximum resolution of 33 million pixels (7680 x 4320), which is 16 times more than FHD at 1920 x 1080 and four times more than UHD 3840 x 2160. The 8K resolution provides and intense pixel density and previously the largest OLED display was 77-inches at a 4K resolution.
According to Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at LG Display, In-Byung Kang, “The successful development of the world’s first 8K OLED display is a milestone for the 8K era and underscores the exciting potential of OLED”.
He continued “OLED is clearly a next-generation technology leader and for this reason, LG Display is accelerating its research and development into OLED so that we can provide differentiated products to customers and markets.”
The company states that developing OLED TVs is easy as the self-emissive nature helps in reducing the aperture ratio without reducing the brightness, for LCDs, controlling the aperture ratio for high resolution without compromising brightness requires improving the performance of backlight units, which leads to increased power consumption and material cost.
OLED panels are also slimmer as there is no need for a backlight unit that are used in LCDs, and the company provides OLED panels for the likes of Panasonic and Sony among others. While 8K TVs will be a few years down the line it may help bring down prices of 4K OLED displays.