Even before full-HD reaches mainstream, the Japanese government is already embarking on an ambitious joint project to develop the next-generation high-definition TV system. Dubbed Super Hi-Vision or 8K, this new visual technology boasts 7,680x4,320-pixel or 33-megapixel clarity. That's 16 times the resolution of today's 1080p panels and a fourfold enhancement over the latest commercial 4K displays. The latter, in fact, is barely making its presence felt in Asian cineplexes with Spiderman 3 being one of the first 4K movie releases.
Japan's communication ministry is expected to inject 300 million yen ($2.7 million) into research and development, leading up to a scheduled 8K broadcast as early as 2015, Engadget says. But the real question is whether there's a need for such resolution on our average 40- to 50-inch TVs. Perhaps everyone will have a 100-incher in their living room by then.
|Format||Resolution||Pixel count||Pixel count|
|Standard definition||720 x 480||345,600||0.3|
|High definition||1,280 x 720||921,600||0.9|
|Full high definition||1,920 x 1,080||2,073,600||2.1|
|4K||4,096 x 2,160||8,847,360||8.8|
|8K / Super Hi-Vision||7,680 x 4,320||33,177,600||33.2|
Pixel count at a glance
(Source: Crave Asia)