CES 2017: The Future Belongs to 8K With New HDMI Specification

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So many Ks.

Forget 4K, that’s so 2016. The resolution of the world of tomorrow is 8K, and thanks to a new HDMI specification, it will be beaming into your eyeballs sooner than you might have expected.

The HDMI Forum, the people in charge of HDMI, announced version 2.1 of the HDMI specification. The 2.1 version supports 8K resolution at 60Hz, as well as 4K at 120Hz.

Also included in the new specification is Dynamic HDR, and a new cable supporting uncompressed HDR 8K video data transfer at a staggering 48Gbps. The new cables are also backwards-compatible with earlier HDMI specifications, and work with existing HDMI devices. That means you don’t need to toss your TV into a fire just yet!

The 8K resolution, which is 7680×4320 pixels (as opposed to the usual 1920×1080 found in most HD displays), is the top of the heap when it comes to ultra-high definition resolutions. However, there’s a good chance we could see even higher resolutions in the future, as scientists believe there are an infinite amount of numbers greater than 8.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is filmed on a RED 8K professional digital camera, so big-name content is already on its way to greet our new 8K overlords.

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