In a bid to tap into the ever-expanding television consumer base in the country, manufacturers leave no stone unturned to ‘revolutionize’ the industry, with new and innovative TV technology. This makes it difficult for a non-technical buyer to keep up with all the new technology updates, and identify the Best TV in India. The recent launch of 8K TVs seems to have added to this dilemma, with consumers now unsure whether to choose the existing 4K TV set, or to upgrade to the newest technology.
For the uninitiated and tech enthusiasts, here’s a quick look at some differences between 4K and 8K Smart TVs:
4K TVs have a picture resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is more than eight million pixels. With 8K TVs, the resolution increases to 7680 x 4320 pixels or 33 million pixels.
A pixel refers to the minute area of illumination on a display screen, one of many from which an image is composed. The number of bits that represent a pixel determines how many colours it can display. The more colours a pixel can display, the better the tone of the photo, and the more lifelike it looks.
- Viewing experience
4K TVs, also called Ultra High-Definition TVs or UHD TVs, reproduce 4K content with more clarity, definition, details and texture, as compared to Full HD TVs.8k TVs, also called Ultra HD, UHD, Super Hi-Vision, or UHD-2 TVs, reproduce 8K UHD video content created in 8K with sharper definition, more depth, and the best possible picture quality, as compared to 4K and Full HD TVs.
- Availability of content
Until 2019, there wasn’t a lot of 8K content available to watch at home, even if one had an 8K TV, but with more and more manufacturers launching 8K TV sets, things are slowly changing. Vimeo, a video-streaming site, added support for 8K, and it now hosts around 10,000 videos under that category.
Similarly, YouTube has thousands of 8K videos. Although the popular online video-sharing platform had started hosting high-resolution videos much before the 8K TV sets flooded the market, its search filters, at least until now, only let you look for 4K as a maximum resolution.
Sadly, Netflix, one of the most popular video streaming services available, is yet to adopt 8K, and like its competitor, Prime Video, it is focusing on rolling out 4K content.
- Logo and specifications
TV sets meeting Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) specifications for 8K will display the official logo and specifications on the new 8K TVs. This will help consumers find TVs that perform to at least a certain standard by going beyond the raw pixel count.
This move has been made keeping in mind the issues that were faced during the early days of HD and 4K, where a few initial TVs couldn’t accept full HD and later, a 4K signal, as was claimed. Few conditions laid down by the CTA for a TV to wear 8K Ultra HD logo include 7,680 pixels horizontally and 4,320 vertically, at least one HDMI input capable of accepting that resolution, at 50 or 60 fps, with HDR, ability to upconvert lower-resolution signals to 8K, and the ability to receive, and display, 10-bit content among others.
- Price difference between 4K and 8K TVs
With an upgrade in technology, 8K TVs are expected to cost more than 4K TVs. For the ultra-premium consumers, Samsung QLED 8K TV series’ price in India starts at Rs. 4.99 lakhs for the 65-inch model, followed by Samsung Ultra 8K TV 75-inch for Rs. 9.99 lakhs, Samsung Ultra 8K TV 82-inch for Rs. 14.29 lakhs, and Samsung Ultra 8K TV 85-inch for Rs. 15.79 lakhs.
Whereas the price for 4K Samsung TV sets starts at Rs. 35, 999 for the 43-inch LED Ultra HD (4K) TV, followed by Samsung 50-inch LED Ultra HD (4K) TV for Rs. 46,999, Samsung 55-inch LED Ultra HD (4K) TV for Rs. 49, 999, Samsung 65-inch QLED Ultra HD (4K) TV for Rs. 1, 39, 999, and so on. Now that we are comparing prices, the Samsung 32 inch LED TV Price stands at Rs. 13,999. This can be best for them who are looking for low budget TVs.
For Sony’s Bravia KD-79X9000B 79-inch LED 8K UHD TV, the company charges Rs. 5,76,000, and Sony Z9G 98-inch 8K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV’s expected price in India starts from Rs. 50,00,000 and is yet to hit the market. The corresponding figure for its 4K TV sets starts at Rs. 63,499 for Sony Bravia KD-55X7002G 55-inch LED 4K TV, Rs. 60,999 for Sony Bravia KD-49X7002G 49-inch LED 4K TV, and Rs. 46,999 for Sony Bravia KD-43X7002G 43-inch LED 4K TV, and so on. Similarly, Sony 32-inch LED HD Ready smart TV costs Rs. 21, 999.
TCL has launched its newest range of QLED TVs in India, with prices starting from Rs. 45,990. The company has launched the C715, C815 series — both being QLED 4K TVs — and X915 television ranges in India, with sizes ranging from 50 inches to 85 inches across the product ranges. The flagship product in the X915 TV range is the TCL 85X915, which is a 75-inch 8K QLED TV priced at Rs. 2,99,990 in India.