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Samsung’s 8K TV will improve the video of everything you watch

by Eric Frederiksen | January 8, 2018January 8, 2018 7:00 am PST

While we’re still down here in the lowly 4K range, Samsung and LG are battling it out at 8K. The latter announced the 88-inch, 8K OLED display it plans to show off at CES this year, and Samsung has its own answer for that.

Enter the Samsung Q9S QLED TV, which the Korean electronics supergiant is showing off at CES 2018. While LG is focusing on the display tech itself – it’ll be the biggest OLED display ever – Samsung is focusing on the tech behind getting the images onto the screen.

As little 4K content as there is right now, there’s even less 8K content. By which I mean, almost none. Making 4K (and lower) video look good on the display is going to be a big part of selling it to the few people who can afford it. To that end, the 85-inch display will be making use of what Samsung is calling a proprietary algorithm to upscale lower resolution content. The algorithm will “learn from itself,” according to the company, and should improve over time.

Or it could go horribly wrong and we could get some wild Deep Dream-like visual glitches.

Samsung isn’t talking about price or availability yet. But then, if you have to ask how much this beast costs, you definitely can’t afford it.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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