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4K Ultra-definition: The Next Big Thing in TV?

HD? Meh
by Neps Firmalan | Sep 5, 2012
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So you really love that big-ass full-HD TV you bought for a truckload of moolah very recently? Yeah, we bet it's impressive. But we'll bet you anither truckload of money it ain't as drool-worthy as some of the latest boob tubes recently unveiled at this year's IFA tech show in Berlin, some of which are in 4K or ultra-definition!

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What in hell is this IFA and 4K we're babbling about? And why are we using it to ruin your day? The IFA or the Consumer Electronics Unlimited is a big-time annual tech event/exhibit in Berlin, Germany that features many of the latest research and development findings in consumer devices. It hosts several of the world's biggest hardware companies, along with the latest tech toys for mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, desktops, and even TVs.

Meanwhile, 4K or ultra-definition is seen as many as the next big thing in TV after 3D. It's the next step from HD or high-definition, and the gap between is wide. We're talking about a resolution (3840 x 2160) that's about four times better than that of full HD TVs (1920 x 1080). In fact, 4K ultra-definition boasts the same image quality as that of professional cinema cameras, allowing TV to show image detail previously reserved for movie houses. Woah talaga!

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Several companies, including Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, and Toshiba, unveiled huge 4K displays at the recently concluded IFA 2012. We'd sure like to take each one for a spin, including LG's own 84-inch 4K monster, which offers a seven-foot wide display! Too bad there's a shortage of available files to maximize this type of TV with right now. Nonetheless, having one gives you yabang and pogi points, as well as that ultra-rich dude vibe as the projected SRPs make our own TVs seem like they were bought from the ukay-ukay.

But 4K ultra-definition is also more than just awesome eye-candy, it offers us an idea of just how display tech has grown. Speaking of which, let's take a peek in some of the other historical breakthroughs in the land of TVs.

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