What's the difference between 4K and 8K TV?

8K TV really is something special. But just what is the difference between 4K and 8K? We’ll explain all.

18 Jan 2019

But first, what is 8K?

In a nutshell, 8K has a resolution that’s four times greater than 4K to deliver an even clearer picture. Your 4K TV at home will have a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. With 8K, that’ll increase to a massive 7680 x 4320 pixels.


More pixels mean more detail

That’s a lot of pixels, and it makes all the difference, with even more detail crammed into the screen. If you thought 4K detail was immense, just wait until you see 8K in the flesh. You won’t even need to get up close to see intricate details.

Nature documentaries will be a real treat – you’ll love how 8K displays lush greens and outdoor settings. And sport will look better than ever; you’ll really feel part of the action.

Every little detail appears to pop out from the screen like never before. Having seen a 4K picture alongside an 8K picture, we can confirm there is a real improvement. You’ll notice the difference, too.

Intelligent TVs

More intelligent TVs

This is smart TV, but not as we know it. Samsung’s Q900R 8K QLED TV uses artificial intelligence to upscale pictures. That means it can transform lower quality images into glorious 8K.

But it’s how the TV does this that makes it so interesting. It uses a machine learning tool that analyses content from multiple sources, and applies that data to upgrade the picture as you watch. The TV just knows what to do, and how to make the picture better.

It reduces noise, smooths the edges, and removes all the rough bits. The result is a picture that’s smoother and more vibrant than anything you’ve seen before.

Get the Samsung QLED 8K TV


More colours

8K TVs will be able to display more colours, thanks to better HDR skills. Samsung’s new TV, for example, uses HDR10+, which means you’ll see a wider colour palette – no matter what you’re watching. The end result is a picture that looks more natural.

More colours


Better sound

An 8K TV won’t just give you a better picture, but better sound, too. While watching, you’ll feel like you’re in a cinema, at a gig, or at the ground of your favourite football team.

8K TVs will also improve the sound of anything you’re watching that’s not in 8K. The best TVs will upgrade what you’re listening to, and that's about more than just turning up the volume. The clarity and depth of detail will be unlike anything you’ve heard before.

Related in TV technology

Choose the right 4K TV this Christmas

22 Nov 2021

How to control your home from your Smart TV

02 Nov 2021

Pitch perfect viewing for all the family with Samsung

20 May 2021

Bring the footie home with a Sony BRAVIA A84J TV

18 May 2021

How to create the perfect footy den with LG

12 May 2021