A clip of a marine iguana and a bunch of snakes took the internet by storm in early 2017. The scene from BBC Planet Earth II won a Bafta Award in the ‘Must-See Moment’ category. For people who are still clueless, search ‘Iguana chased by snakes’ on YouTube. The cameraman’s outstanding skills and Hans Zimmer’s thrilling background score play their part, but the game-changer is the 4K resolution. BBC released Planet Earth II in super high-definition 4K resolution, besides 1080p, which is the standard for shows like it. Imagine watching washed-out or pixelated images of majestic beasts chasing their prey on your large screen LED TV. Doesn’t sound that exciting? 4K TVs are the benchmark for picture quality, but the bar is likely to rise very soon. Major brands are coming out with 8K TVs, which pack in four times more pixels than a 4K UHD TV.
What is 8K?
For a minute let us forget all the technical terms and just think about the primary function of a TV. Display realistic images with a good sound system to back it. The resolution can tell a lot about the picture quality of a TV. It doesn’t mean that resolution is the only factor that matters, things like HDR and contrast ratio matter too. However, Smart TVs are categorised on the basis of their resolution, which tells a lot about them. Terms like 4K, Ultra HD OLED TV, Full HD LED TV, 1080p and 8K all refer to the resolution of a TV. TV screens are made up of tiny colourful boxes, known as pixels. Resolution measures the number of pixels stacked horizontally and vertically in a TV screen.
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For example, the resolution of a Full HD LED TV is 1,920X1,080 pixels, which means 1,920 pixels are stacked side by side horizontally, and 1,080 pixels are stacked on one another vertically. In the world of TVs, the number of pixels stacked vertically is considered for the purpose of naming, hence, 1080p TV. Similarly, a 4K TV has a resolution of 3,840X2,160 pixels, while 8K TVs have a resolution of 7,680X4,320 pixels. If you look at the horizontal and vertical pixel size, 8K TVs have double the number of pixels stacked in each direction. But, to understand the scale of difference, take a look at the total number of pixels packed in a screen of similar size. 4K TVs have 8.3 million pixels, while 8K TVs have 33.2 million pixels, four times the number in 4K TVs, and 16 times more than Full HD TVs.Source: Phys.org
Brands with 8K TVs in portfolio
There is still a lot of time for 8K TVs to become mainstream, even 4K or Ultra HD TVs have not gained widespread acceptability yet. Still, major TV companies are coming out with 8K TVs. At the forefront is South Korean electronics major Samsung, which has launched its range of QLED 8K TVs even in India. Samsung has come out with four screen sizes of 8K TVs—65 inch, 75-inch, 82-inch, and 98-inch. The company has not announced the price of the entry level 65-inch TV, but the 75-inch screen retails at 1.1 million rupees. The 82-inch model has been priced at 1.7 million rupees, while the mammoth 98-inch TV costs a whopping 6 million rupees, and will be made only on order. Rivals LG and Sony have also showcased 8K TVs, but have not launched them commercially. Clearly, 8K TVs are targeted at the ultra-luxury market currently.
Should you get one?
An 8K TV is definitely a step above a 4K TV, but is it worth shelling out 1.1 million rupees? An 8K TV will generate brighter pictures, will have a higher contrast ratio, but do we need the upgradation right now. If you watch satellite TV, it will not make a difference as programmes are still broadcast in 1080p. A 4K TV relies on Artificial Intelligence-powered upscaling to render 1080p resolution images into 4K resolution. Streaming services like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Video offer 4K content, but it consumes copious amounts of data. Moreover, streaming 4K content seamlessly requires a super high-speed internet, which is an added problem in India. Samsung hopes AI-powered upscaling to boost lower resolution content to 8K will make the difference for the wealthy customers of its 8K TVs. Purely 8K content is not available in India. It doesn’t make sense to buy an 8K TV, but you can get a 4K Ultra HD TV, which will be sufficient for your current entertainment needs. Bajaj Finserv EMI Store offers exciting offers like no-cost monthly instalments and zero down payment EMI on the purchase of 4K TVs. If you plan to buy a TV, you can also go through the extensive range of LED TVs listed on the portal.
Though 8K has arrived, taking it into consideration while buying a TV is not advisable. If you really want to future-proof your purchase, you should wait for other brands to come out with their 8K TVs. Depending on the budget, an OLED TV or a large-screen LED TV will do the job. A top-of-the-line Full HD LED TV or an Ultra HD OLED TV is not cheap, but don’t fret over the price. EMI Store of Bajaj Finserv can help you buy the TV of your choice through easy processing and no-cost EMI offers.
All the Televisions are available at the best prices, and at no cost EMIs with zero down payment and no extra processing fee using the Bajaj Finserv EMI Card. If the product is somehow found damaged, the store immediately changes it or the customer gets a full cashback.
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