The 8K Ultra HD PC display from LG that’s coming to CES 2015
by Stephan Jukic – December 12, 2014
As usual, LG is really pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with display technology. After their recent unveiling of the world’s first and (so far) only 4K OLED TV sets, they´ve now moved onto pushing forward the world’s first PC monitor with a whopping 8K pixel display!
We’ve already seen several concept model 8K TVs show up at various events from CES 2014 to the IFA Convention in Berlin in September but an 8K PC monitor is a pretty new thing and almost even seems like overkill given the difficulties that even 4K monitors are still facing when it comes to processors and GPUs keeping up with them.
Either way, the LG monitor that’s expected to be seen at CES 2015 in Las Vegas is still a bit speculative but according to the latest gossip, we’re going to be seeing a display with a (for a monitor) gigantic size of 55 inches. Considering that 8K means 33.2 million pixels at a 7,680 x 4,320 resolution, we’re talking about an overall pixel density of 160 ppi, which is about comparable to the ppi of a 4K PC monitor with a 27 to 30 inch screen. Overall, this is also good for whatever OS uses this 8K pixel monster since densities of above 180 ppi can cause interface elements in Windows to shrink way too much for practical usability.
In comparison to the monstrous 98-inch 8K TV that LG had also unveiled at IFA 2014 in Berlin, this PC monitor is going to have much less of an impact at first sight but this is also what makes the entire concept so remarkable. We’re talking about a whopping 33 million pixels in a PC display screen!
This is definitely going way into new territory for visual resolution and there will almost certainly be no actual production models coming out for sale for at least a year or more after the upcoming CES show. Even current 4K monitors are just barely becoming fully usable as new processors, GPUs and other PC hardware components come along that can handle their 8.2 million pixels at 3840 x 2160 resolution.
With an 8K monitor, all of these same technologies will have to go way beyond what they’re capable of now and because of that, LGs 8K PC monitor is looking more like a publicity generating technological showpiece instead of a real product that we’re going to see any time soon. After all, Sharp unveiled a prototype 8K TV as early as 3 years ago at CES 2011 and we’re still a ways from retail 8K TV models.
This isn’t to say that 8K displays and TVs aren’t coming, because they definitely are but when they do arrive on sale it will only be after other necessary hardware has first affordably caught up to their requirements.
One last interesting first for the LG “Mabinogion”, as the company is calling the monitor: It will also supposedly include a white sub-pixel system that comes along with the usual red, blue and green pixels that most UHD and HD displays have. These white sub-pixels will mean a record-setting brightness of 500 nits and what makes that even more impressive is its immediate usability in other existing TV and monitor display applications.
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