If you’re a TV enthusiast, chances are that you’re probably considering upgrading your 4k to an 8k TV. 8K TVs are pushing the limits of ultra-high-definition imagery to an incredible 7680 x 4320 pixels. That’s more than 33 million pixels packed into a single display screen panel. The huge number of displayed pixels means that an 8k TV can deliver four times the resolution of 4K TVs and 16 times that of 1080p HDTVs.
Let’s take a look at some of the best 8k TV models in 2021.
Samsung Q950R 8K QLED TV
The Samsung Q950R is the flagship 8k TV offered by Samsung. It’s the successor to the Q900 series and has been available for purchase in the United States since May 2019.
The Q950R is a part of Samsung’s 2019 lineup of 8k TVs. It is one of three models in the lineup, with both 55-inch and 65-inch versions offered. All 2021 models come with Dolby Vision HDR as a default feature, whereas this was an upgrade on previous models. The Q950R is available in 55″, 75″, and 98″.
- True 8k resolution
- 8k content AI-scaling (even if it’s not filmed in 8k)
- HDR 4000 (stronger depth and detail)
- Ultra Viewing Angle
- No Dolby Vision support
- No Dolby Atmos playback
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Hisense U800GR 8K UHD Smart TV
Hisense revealed their 2021 TV lineup back in May and the TV manufacturer unveiled the anticipated release for the U800GR 8K UHD smart TV. The Hisense U800GR 8K UHD smart TV has been engineered with OLED technology and will come in 65-inches, 75-inches, and 82-inch models. The screen will deliver an all-new level of visual experience that is unparalleled in quality.
This TV is capable of displaying the brightest colors as well as the deepest shades. All your favorite color values have been optimized for a picture-perfect color representation that can be enjoyed from any angle for a more immersive viewing experience.
Check out our review on the other Hisense TV models and what makes it the best budget smart TV on the market.
- AI upscaling (8k)
- Hi-View Engine, Hisense ULED® technology
- Dolby Vision IQ (peak brightness at 1000 nits)
- Dolby Vision Atmos
- Google Assistant is not available in certain languages and countries.
LG NanoCell 99 Series 75″ 8K Smart UHD TV
The minimalistic design of the LG 75-inch NanoCell 99 8k TV delivers amazing audio and visual experience. It is the perfect TV for your home theater set up. The NanoCell 99 Series 2021 delivers an exceptional 8K picture that will look sensational in any living room environment.
The LG NANO99 8k TV is a budget-friendly option for those just buying their first 8k TV.
- NanoCell display technology
- webOS + LG ThinQ AI
- Dolby Vision IQ & Dolby Atmos
- Poor local dimming
- Oversaturated images
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Sony 75″ Class Z8H Series LED 8K UHD Smart Android TV
The Sony 75″ Class Z8H Series LED 8K UHD Smart Android TV delivers excellent picture quality and detailed visuals. It is a large screen TV that delivers 8 million pixels and Sony 4K X-Reality PRO. This Sony TV offers an award-winning sound system with Dolby Atmos. It has WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and USB ports.
It has the ability to stream from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube or directly from your phone to this smart TV via the Android operating system. The Sony 75″ Class Z8H Series LED 8K UHD Smart Android TV can be used for games with a DualShock wireless controller or you can stream PlayStation Now games and other content on it.
- Powerful and detailed sound
- Content-rich Android TV
- HDMI 2.1 (4K120/8K60/eARC)
- Limited 8K support
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Is an 8k TV worth the money?
That really depends on if you have extra cash sitting around that you can burn. In order to gain the maximum benefit from an 8k TV, you need 8k content and that’s non-existent. 8k AI-upscaling isn’t native 8k, it’s just 4k content masked as 8k.
We might see a surge in 8k content over the next few years. With that being said, we also might see 8K TVs get cheaper in price as a result, which would make the thought of purchasing an 8k model TV more appealing.
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