Finally 4K TVs are about to lose the spotlight to 8K televisions, which manufacturers will start shipping later this year, according to Steve Koenig, the vice president of the Consumer Technology Association. Additionally, there are other exciting developments in TV technology that will not only change how TVs look, but also how we watch them. One of the main trends you will notice in the coming months is just how big televisions will get.
Unbelievably big, affordable TVs
It used to be that 42-inch televisions were seen as gigantic, but they were soon displaced by 55- to 65-inch TVs. Now, you will be able to envision owning a 65-inch TV that is high end and still affordable. The prices of jumbo-sized TVs are going to shrink, as total shipments of 60-inch TVs grow from 18 to 24 percent, according to research by IHS Markit. The growth is happening because of new panel manufacturing plants, which specialize in making TVs that are 65-inches or larger. These plants can also produce very large TV panels with less waste, which is what helps drive down cost.
Brighter more realistic images
Another trend consumers can expect is high dynamic range 4K TVs, which are better than 4K Ultra HD TVs. High dynamic range is an improvement for TV-viewers because it can provide a higher level of contrast between dark and light images on the screen. This makes the image on the screen look more realistic. However, for you to notice the difference, you may have to put the 4K Ultra HD TV side by side with a 4K HDR TV. This technology is still new and in 2019, there may also be exciting developments in the HDR sector.
Micro LED technology
Of all the existing TV technologies, Micro LED is the only technology capable of delivering the full potential of HDR with a peak brightness of 10,000 nits, according to WIRED. Each pixel in a Micro LED panel has three microscopic LEDs for green, red and blue. This makes it possible for Micro LEDs to produce deep blacks and wider viewing angles. Add to this innovation increased brightness, more saturated colors and lighting fast response times. The only issue is that making them requires high level of precision, which means they are hard to make. So far, you cannot buy a Micro LED TV because they are still in the concept stage, but Samsung and LG are working on the technology.
4K TVs are still quite expensive for the average consumer, and except for YouTube, it is still hard to find 4K Ultra HD content. However, as these TVs become cheaper, there will be more incentive for the movie industry and television networks to create more 4K content. More content and cheaper prices means more people will be willing to buy them and the technology will continue improving.