Shipments of 4K televisions jumped more than 500% last quarter as overall global TV shipments rebounded, according to a new report from DisplaySearch. More than 3 million 4K televisions, also called Ultra HD televisions, shipped to retail outlets during the third quarter, bringing total shipments for 2014 up to 6.4 million
Super hi-def 4K LCD TV shipments reached 1.6 million in 2013, with nearly one million units shipped in the fourth quarter of the year. Growth was significantly driven by China but shipments from outside China doubled in the fourth quarter as well.
With set makers working hard to push adoption of 4K as TV’s next-gen format, work is moving forward on 8K. Visitors to the Consumer Electronics Show are brought up to date on “super high vision” which boasts an eye-popping 7,680 x 4,320 resolution.
The consumer electronics industry is looking to shed the glasses and provide TV pictures that are sharper and brighter than HDTV.
The new set with four times the resolution of standard HDTVs will go on sale in October for $20,000.
By December, U.S. stores will sell a TV set with four times the resolution of today’s best HDTVs, Sony Corp. said Wednesday. The set will measure 84 inches on the diagonal, making the screen area four times as large as the common 42-inch set.