LG announce the UH9800, the world's first 8K HDR TV

How much can TV technology really change? In the past 10 years, the move to flat screen, LCD and plasma TVs really took off. Then, with additional functionality, 3D and Smart TVs became almost standard. And finally, within the past 18 months, 4K TVs have hit homes.

So where do we go from here? LG has an answer for you in the form of the UH9800, a 98-inch monster, which just happens to be the world’s first 8K HDR TV. So, what are you getting for your (as yet unknown) money?

  • 8K resolution – 7680 x 4320
  • IPS panel with LG ColorPrime Plus technology
  • webOS 3.0
  • superMHL

While this is just the tip of the features offered, expect internet connectivity to bring the Smart TV functionality and if 3D is still a thing, it should be included as well. It's just a shame an OLED panel isn't included. But as this is just the natural evolution of existing TVs and their feature sets, the one new feature that we should talk about more is superMHL.

superMHL was announced at CES last year. It delivers 8K video up to 120 frames-per-second, 48-bit color depth support, HDR support, and backward compatibility with existing MHL 1, MHL 2 and MHL 3 standards. 8K video just wouldn't be possible without it!

LG remain tight lipped on both availability and cost. When 4K sets hit the market, they were a good five and six figures to buy. Expect this to be the same. And also expect in two years time 8K sets will be much more affordable.

The only question is, when are we going to be able to access 8K content? YouTube, Netflix and Amazon introduced 4K streams in the past year, and broadcasters are starting to introduce 4K broadcasted content. But 8K? We could be waiting another year, if not longer.

Source and Image: TechRadar

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