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Sharp announces 70-inch 8K TV, thoroughly outdating your new 4K set

By Shawn Knight · 52 replies
Sep 1, 2017
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  1. Pricing has come down and technology has matured to the point that you’ve finally convinced your significant other to let you buy that shiny new 4K TV you’ve been lusting over for months.

    Admittedly, it looks great as the centerpiece in your living room or man cave. You’re the envy of all your friends and family… everyone except Sharp, who insists the set is yesterday’s news. It’s a conclusion that you’ll also likely reach after having a look at their latest offering.

    The 70-inch Sharp Aquos 8K TV boasts a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels which is 16 times the resolution afforded by a standard Full HD set. Unfortunately, that’s really all we know about the TV at this time as Sharp wasn’t exactly forthcoming with details in its press release.

    Sharp is also complementing its 8K TVs by accelerating the development of 8K broadcast receivers, 8K cameras and other 8K products to help develop an ecosystem of 8K-compatible content. After all, what good are all those pixels if you don’t have native content?

    Indeed, that’s the same issue currently facing 4K sets. There’s way more 4K content available today than there was just a few years ago but it’s still far from universal. If you can find content in 4K today, consider it a treat.

    With high-resolution displays, you'll eventually reach a point of diminishing returns. The further away you sit from your television, the less likely it is that you’ll be able to make out individual pixels. The difference between a 4K and 8K set from across the room, for example, would be next to impossible for most to gauge. Move closer into the realm of desktop monitor use, however, and the narrative changes.

    Sharp says the sets will be released in China in October, in Japan in December, in Taiwan next February and in Europe a month later. No word yet on pricing although at least one source believes they’ll start around $9,000.

    Second image courtesy The Mainichi

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  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,011   +1,196

    I'd love to see a pair of GTX 1080Ti's in SLi try and run games at 8K.
    hahahanoobs likes this.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,027   +4,749

    A TV that is not supported does not outdate a TV that is barely supported.
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,029   +1,430

    And then there is that 88" 4K Samsung that's like $20k
  5. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Maniac Posts: 205   +126

    I have a 4k 65 inch and I bought it knowing that there is not a lot 4k content anywhere (even most HD TV is still only 720p). I'm happy with my purchase because I know it will take years for 4k to become standard, so I won't need to upgrade for a long time. Unless you want to use an 8k TV as a computer monitor, I don't see much use for it. Hopefully more 8k TVs come out though, which will cause the price of 4k TVs to drop.
  6. madboyv1 likes this.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,283

    There are millions of better things to do in life than just sit around and look at a TV. Something like this would be totally wasted on me. I'd be impressed with it for about a week, get used to it very quickly then just take it for granted.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  8. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    F n A Right !
  9. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    Always about the next, big, new thing.

    Reality dictates that there is a point of diminishing returns ...

    and IMHO ... that rate of diminishing went rapid after 1080p.
  10. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,169   +2,609

    4K barely supported? I think you are a bit late to the party. 4K is everywhere these days - movies, gaming, YouTube. And 8K is making a successful introduction into the world of design.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2017
    hahahanoobs and DaveBG like this.
  11. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 589   +75

    To be fair it is still "barely". Consoles yes have 4K but with low frame rates and even low details settings a lot of devs don't want to give 4k support as the hardware just isn't there yet. We have PCs that can 4K but again without spending serious money you don't get viable high hz output. I use a 1080ti and even then many 4K games on ultra details struggle (I can steam to my shield in 4K but thats fake 4K (DSR)). Movies are all well and good but just look through Netflix and Amazon Prime and the limited quantity of 4K movies/tv shows shows that it is barely supported. And youtube yay, I can watch a cat sliding down a roof in the snow in 4K yay go rich user content.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  12. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    4K streaming doesn't yield the same fantastic results as 4K disc. That's just fact.
  13. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,011   +1,196

    That's true for everything, even 720p and 1080p.
    The biggest difference, however, is audio quality.
    It's FAR superior, especially if you got a nice setup like yours truly.
    alabama man likes this.
  14. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,601   +3,063

    ROFLMAO ..... outdating my set? I'm still very happy with my Samsung LED Smart set and could NEVER see anyone of some form of reasonable intelligence drop nine bills on a TV set ..... of course I do have more brains than money ....... who'd ah thunk it!?!?!
  15. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Evangelist Posts: 488   +159

    Way I look at it is if indeed 8K is the new 4K then 4K will become cheaper, eventually making a purchase of a half decent TV capable of running games at 4K in the same manner most HDTVs now accommodate 1080p 60/120fps gaming.
  16. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,356   +287

    Lol. my 43" (?) Samsung ju6000 series is now a grandpa.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,168   +3,474

    Yeah, the porn industry took right to 4K. And I'm sorry but, that's just waaaay too much information. All those razor pimples take all the 'romance' out of it...:D
    Burty117 and VitalyT like this.
  18. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Maniac Posts: 379   +140

    Sorry to hear that for you. I have 4K TV since 2014, 4K PC monitor since 2015 and 4K camera that shoots 4K @100mbps also since years ago. All my media is 4K, all my games are playing on 4K and so on... so you are a bit behind.
    hahahanoobs likes this.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,168   +3,474

    Oh gosh Dave, Cliff's not behind, you're just really, really, really, special!
    That Dude There likes this.
  20. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TS Addict Posts: 168   +83

    Maybe my 4K 49" tv is now outdated, But it was also £270 and does everything I need... I don't waste enough time in front of it to warrent anything better.
  21. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Evangelist Posts: 488   +159

    Granted it's a fair'ish price for a 49" 4KTV.

    Do you use it for anything other than viewing TV through?

    Whats it like as a second monitor or for gaming purposes?
  22. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TS Addict Posts: 168   +83

    Last time I tried my laptop on it the display looked pretty amazing, Though Warcraft seemed to be stuck at 30fps (never took the time to work out why) But for browsing, coding, text editing etc it was actually quite good. If I come across another at that price I may just have it as a non game monitor.
  23. amghwk

    amghwk TS Maniac Posts: 377   +212

    How many times do I have to repeat the best K is in your eyes???

    No f-king 8K or 16K or 32K can overtake what your eyes can see.

    You want K? Open your eyes and look around.

    Stop wasting money and enjoy your games in 1080p - the sweet spot in modern gaming ... Which will neither tax your graphics card nor your wallet.
  24. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Evangelist Posts: 488   +159

    See that's the problem with these 4KTVs, unless you are willing to pay £700-£800 for a half decent one that can display 4K images at a half decent framerates. Im saving up for a half decent 50" Samsung/LG, I might get there about next July. LoL
  25. richcz3

    richcz3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +11

    4k at 30fps s barely appreciable on the average high end rig. ie: results are very game dependent. I have no idea what it would take to get 8k at 30 fps. With all that said, we really don't have a lot of 4k content - Makes 8k a bit of a pipe dream.

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