Many consumers have yet to even truly adopt 4K Ultra HD, but Samsung is getting ready to unleash the first widely-available 8K TV in the U.S. this fall, and it's absolutely massive. The Samsung Q900FN will be 85-inches of ridiculously high-definition screen for tech junkies and fidelity lovers, which will be hitting shelves in October. This next-generation TV won't come cheap and even if one has the money to spend on something such as this, the cost begs the question, is it worth it at this point?
Aside from having a truly huge 85-inch screen, which pretty much dwarfs anything else on the market, as Sony and LG's largest offerings top out at 75 and 77 inches respectively, the Samsung Q900FN is capable of up to 4000 nits, which is a standard used for measuring brightness. The company also boasts that the TV is powered by HDR10+ technology, which is said to optimize the TV's brightness levels and delivers the visual experience intended by creators. Jongsuk Chu, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung, had this to say about the forthcoming mega-TV.
"At Samsung, we've worked tirelessly over the years to move the industry forward when it comes to premium picture quality, and the introduction of the Q900FN with 8K AI Upscaling is an integral component as we look to the future of displays. We're thrilled to introduce the Q900FN to consumers and are confident that they will experience nothing short of brilliance in color, clarity and sound from our new 8K-capable models."
Right now, 4K Ultra HD is being adopted by companies, with Netflix being one of the most major proponents of the format. 8K, on the other hand, which offers four times more pixels than 4K and 16 times more pixels than full 1080p HD, has virtually no content being produced in the U.S. at the present time. Certain YouTube content is being released in 8K, but beyond that, no commercially available Blu-ray discs or streaming content from any major streaming service is being released in that format. So why bother purchasing an 8K capable TV?
Samsung has an answer for that, as they're heavily focusing on the Q900FN's AI-powered upscaling technology. The feature upscales 4K and HD content to 8K resolution. The company says that regardless of whether the viewer is watching content through a streaming service, set-top box, HDMI, USB or what have you, their 8K Quantum Processor recognizes and upscales the content to appear in 8K quality.
That sounds good, well and fancy. However, tech experts have noted that, as we continue to push further and further into the realm of higher HD quality, there will be diminishing returns. The human eye is only capable of recognizing so much and the differences, especially when factoring in price, may be minimal. Samsung didn't release an official price with their announcement, but when tech analyst for CNET estimates the behemoth will retail for around $14,000. Even at a more affordable price point, an 8K TV would be a pretty niche product. But for that cost, it's probably going to be a pretty thin market.