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Sony and LG go 8K for CES

January 2, 2018

By Chris Forrester

The giant CES show in Las Vegas has one over-riding mantra: ‘Bigger is always better’ and consequently the news that LG will use the event to showcase a massive 88” OLED display equipped for 8K reception, should hardly be a great surprise. CES opens on January 7th.

South Korea’s LG, which in the past has gone even bigger with its ‘roll-up’ flexible 4-screen combination, and available in 8K mode, but at CES-2108 LG will demonstrate an 88” OLED unit, and they claim fully ready for 8K transmissions.

The LG unit can handle 7680 x 4320 pixels (33 million pixels) and is thus technically ready for 8K transmissions due from Japan’s NHK later this year.

NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, is committed to transmitting 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ later this year and has spent the past 18 months making 8K programming in readiness.

Other manufacturers including Samsung, Panasonic and Sharp are also showcasing 8K displays.

However, what every manufacturer is currently coy about is the price of these units. Currently, an LG 4K display retails at about $20,000. Samsung’s rival 88” QLED display costs about $20,000.

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