What is 4K TV ?

If you are upgrading your TV and deciding what type of TV to get next, you will undoubtedly come across the term 4K or UHD TV. What does 4K mean?

The term 4K, or Ultra-HD, relates to the resolution or image clarity of the TV. 4K is about four times the resolution of an 1080p (HD) TV. The screen resolution is 3840 x 2160p, which means a display of about 8 million pixels. A normal High Definition (HD) TV by comparison is just 1920 x 1080p.

A 4K television offers a much crisper and more detailed picture, which is most noticeable when you are considering getting a larger screen size. Ultra High Definition, also known as UHD, is the official term for 4K TV.  The difference isn't as dramatic as the jump from standard definition to high definition sets, but it is apparent and will be increasingly important once more media offerings in 4K become available.

Both the new models of Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 video game consoles support 4K, and pay TV providers such as Foxtel will be progressively introducing 4K content into their programming in the second half of 2018.

The new range of 4K TVs are now standardised with UHD Premium branding. 4K TVs that are labelled UHD Premium will meet minimum criteria that major TV manufacturers have agreed upon. To get the best viewing results, you want your TV to be UHD Premium to have all the right features and to be future proof.

To be considered UHD Premium a TV must:

  • Have a display resolution of at least 3840 x 2160
  • Have 10-bit color depth or higher allowing for 1024 shades of each primary color (many TVs have a lower 8-bit with 256 shades)
  • Have a display that meets a minimum brightness, making blacks darker and whites more pronounced
  • Have a wide color gamut, or the ability to show at least 90% of the P3 color gamut
  • High-dynamic range enabled which will give you added depth of colour and richness to complement the clarity of 4K resolution.

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