The 8K Association says it has now certified more than seventy 8K sets. This includes nearly 50 newly launched models through the first half of 2021 from 3 of the world’s top TV brands – Hisense, Samsung, and TCL. These TVs are being offered to consumers today, with availability varying by region.
The sets are not dependent on 8K content being available, as they all manage to upgrade 4K material to a higher level of viewing excellence.
“The scope of Certified 8K TV models in the market represents a big win for consumers and the 8K Association,” noted 8K Association Executive Director Chris Chinnock. “We designed the certified logo to allow consumers to feel confident in the performance and interface capabilities of 8K TVs, so we are proud that our Certification program, launched less than 2 years ago, is performing so well.”
“As a member of the 8K Association and a leading TV brand, Hisense is thrilled to bring the U800GR, our first 8K television, to the US market this year,” said David Gold, President, Hisense USA. “Alongside growing screen sizes, the prospect of enjoying the best possible picture is intriguing to many consumers. Bringing an 8K option to the US is a step toward broader adoption of 8K, as well as one that’s pushing the entire industry forward.”
“Samsung remains committed to delivering TVs that delight consumers and proud to state that our entire 2021 8K TV line-up meets industry requirements for 8K display performance,” said Dan Schinasi, Product Planning Manager at Samsung Electronics America. “This industry certification and accompanying consumer-facing logo will ensure a high-quality, 8K viewing experience that goes beyond simple resolution requirements.”
“TCL is a founding member and long-time supporter of the 8K Association. As a leading global TV brand and display technology innovator, we believe that 8K resolution delivers more joy to our customers than lower display resolutions,” said Chris Larson, SVP/Sales and Marketing with TCL North America. “So together with our partners in the 8K Association, we’re proud to support the 8K Association Certified standard. We’re impressed that so many 8K TVs are now available. And we can’t wait for more of our customers to be able to enjoy the awesome performance of TCL TVs featuring the 8K Association Certified mark – including the powerful new 6-Series 8K.”
The Certification Technical Specification includes specifications for 8K Input Parameters (bit depth, frame rate, chroma sub-sampling), Display Performance (resolution, peak brightness, black level, colour gamut, white point), and the Interface & Media formats (High Dynamic Range, codec):
· Resolution: 7680 x 4320 pixels
· Input Frame Rate: 24p, 30p and 60p frames per second
· Display Luminance: More than 600 nits peak Luminance
· Codec: HEVC
· Interface: HDMI 2.1