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Europeans get early look at LG's monster 8K OLED TV

Visitors to IFA 2018 will be able to get up close to LG's 88-inch 8K OLED TV when the doors open to the public this weekend
Visitors to IFA 2018 will be able to get up close to LG's 88-inch 8K OLED TV when the doors open to the public this weekend
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LG has confirmed its intention to become the first to mass produce large screen OLED TVs, like this 88-inch 8K behemoth
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LG has confirmed its intention to become the first to mass produce large screen OLED TVs, like this 88-inch 8K behemoth
Visitors to IFA 2018 will be able to get up close to LG's 88-inch 8K OLED TV when the doors open to the public this weekend
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Visitors to IFA 2018 will be able to get up close to LG's 88-inch 8K OLED TV when the doors open to the public this weekend

Earlier this year, LG opened the box on its 2018 TV line up, which included no less than 10 OLED models varying in size from 55 to 77 diagonal inches. At IFA today, the company has revealed its intention to be first to market with an 8K OLED TV.

With 4K content now becoming more common, the TV production focus has started shifting to the next leap in image quality – 8K (7,680 x 4,320 pixels). Sales of 8K TVs are expected to fly past 5 million units by 2022, and many next generation goggle-boxes will sport LCD panels, but premium offerings will see OLED technology bring image quality improvements to those who can afford it.

And LG has now confirmed its intention to be the first company to mass produce large screen OLED TVs, planning to make the most of predictions that the OLED TV market is expected to double in 2018 on its way to production estimates of 9 million units by 2022.

LG has confirmed its intention to become the first to mass produce large screen OLED TVs, like this 88-inch 8K behemoth
LG has confirmed its intention to become the first to mass produce large screen OLED TVs, like this 88-inch 8K behemoth

"LG's first 8K OLED TV is the pinnacle of technological achievement and the next evolutionary step in display technology," said LG's Brian Kwon. "4K OLED played a major role in reshaping TV industry and LG is confident that 8K OLED will do the same."

No new information on the 88-inch 8K OLED TV – first announced at CES 2018 in January – has been forthcoming from LG, but visitors to the Messe in Berlin can get a closer look this coming weekend when the doors open to the public.

Source: LG

3 comments
Applejackson75
I have a 65" LG 4K OLED TV. Based on my experience with it, 8K would only show a significant difference if the screen were well over 100" and you were sitting 2' or less away from it. OLED and HDR make HUGE differences, while the 4K upgrade from 1080p on my TV is only really noticeable when very close to the television.
f8lee
Not only what @Applejackson75 points out, but it'll be a long time before the rest of the broadcast/cable infrastructure will be able to provide 8K material, meaning that anything viewed will be upsampled anyway. While it's possible 8K's higher resolution will indeed be beneficial for viewers of some sporting events (see the dimples on the golf ball as it spins!) for movies and TV shows it's a pointless increase - the quality of those kinds of shows has far more to do with the content than the visual acuity. As funny as Big Bang Theory may be, it ain't gonna be funnier at 8K.
Rustin Lee Haase
These are going to be nightmares for store operators , deliveries, and home owners until the displays are flexible enough to roll up in a tube and transport that way. I know LG is working on that but this article says nothing. Being able to roll up the screen is every bit as important as OLED and HDR. 8K is nice but not beneficial unless you like sitting half the distance away from the screen as it is wide.