Just as the world is still being enthralled by eye-watering 4K resolution TV, Sharp announces AQUOS 8K, the world’s first 8K-compatible TVs and displays. Holy mother of… 7,680 x 4,320 pixels! Imagine! And guess what? It is not even a prototype. It is already destined for four markets, namely, Japan, China, Taiwan, and EU, starting this October through to March 2018. Sharp said its 8K TVs will reproduce images “at ultimate reality” (whatever that means), with “ultra-fine details even the naked eye cannot capture.” Ermmm. May I ask, if so, then what’s the point of 8K?
Seriously, do the world really need 8K resolution? Oh, wait. Maybe we do! But certainly, not in our homes. Sharp AQUOS line of 8K TVs and Displays are aimed at TV broadcasts industry, as well as in the areas of medicine, business, security, signage, et cetera. The commercial realization of 8K TVs and Displays shouldn’t come as a surprise for industry watchers since the Japanese electronics company had already released an 85-inch 8K monitor with 8K LCD panel back in 2015 and just last year, it introduced an advanced wideband digital satellite broadcast receiver for use with 8K UHD broadcasts before premiering a tad smaller 70-inch 8K monitor sometime in June this year.
In addition to the 8K displays, Sharp is working towards consummating the ecosystem with development of 8K broadcast receivers, 8K cameras, and other 8K products. So, you can say 8K is imminent, at least, it will be for businesses. However, it is too early to say if 8K will be a norm to consumers in near future. There’s a possibility it would, but the infrastructure for broadcasters to realize 8K transmission is still far into the future and the fact that the world is just grappling with 4K streaming, kind of make the we-probably-can’t-tell-the-difference-anymore resolution far from consumers reach. Anyways, I don’t see the point. What we need now is a world without myopia, hypermetropia, color-blindness or even blindness, so that everyone can take in all these ridiculous colors and resolution as what they are meant to be viewed.
Sharp AQUOS 8K TV LC-70X500 for the Japanese market.