AU Optronics this week has announced plans to start shipments of 8K panels for large UHDTVs in the first half of 2018. The panels will enable TV manufacturers to produce “Super UHD” 8K TVs to compete against LG and Samsung later this year.

The lineup of panels featuring a 7680×4320 resolution will be aimed at ultra-high-end TVs and sizes will range from 65 to 85 inches, said Liao Wei-Lun, president of AUO’s video products business group, at a press conference. The high-ranking executive did not disclose other specifications of the panels, such as luminance and contrast ratio, but given their positioning, it is logical to expect their characteristics to be comparable to 8K UHDTVs to be offered by LG and Samsung.

Multiple TV makers demonstrated various 8K UHDTVs at various trade shows in the recent years, but so far no one has started to sell them. Given the lack of content, it is hard to expect high demand for 8K televisions in the next couple of years, aside from the halo factor - nonetheless, AUO expects 8K panels to account for 10% of its '65-inch and above' panel shipments in 2020. The presumably high-cost of the panels would indicate that in terms of unit shipments this might still be a low-ish number. However, as with 4K displays, someone has to release 8K TVs to stimulate content providers to offer appropriate material. At this year’s CES, Samsung demonstrated its Q9S, its first commercial 8K TV-set, but it did not announce its pricing or availability timeframe. LG and Sony also demonstrated their 8K TVs at CES 2018, but nothing is clear about their plans regarding these products.

Since AUO intends to start mass production of the 8K panels for UHDTVs in the coming months, it is highly likely that it has customers willing to use them for their products already. Because we are talking about volume manufacturing, it is likely that AUO’s partners have already developed their UHDTVs based on the early development panels and we are going to see AUO-based 8K UHDTVs later this year.

With Samsung, LG, Sony and various AUO partners onboard, it looks like 8K UHDTVs will finally start to be commercialized this year.

As for 8K displays for PCs, Dell is currently the only company to offer an 8K monitor (this one is based on a panel from LG, so the latter might introduce its own 8K display at some point). Philips last year promised to start shipments 328P8K monitor in 2018, so expect the product to hit the market in the coming months too.

We saw a number of the 8K PC displays last year at various shows:

 
Left: Dell 8K, Right: Philips 8K

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Source: DigiTimes

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  • javishd - Friday, February 23, 2018 - link

    Really hope they make a 43" one! Reply
  • npz - Friday, February 23, 2018 - link

    Needs more like 60" to actually make use of it Reply
  • saratoga4 - Friday, February 23, 2018 - link

    8k 40" for a PC monitor would be great for productivity. Even 60" is way too small for a TV though at that resolution. Reply
  • gerz1219 - Friday, February 23, 2018 - link

    8K will be really noticeable when everyone has a full-wall TV. We’ve been watching 4K digital projection in movie theaters for years without complaining about seeing pixels. You’d either need a movie theater sized screen, or else sit really close to a 65” screen, to see any benefit from 8K. There’s also the problem that while they can make 8K digital cinema cameras for new movies, we already have 120 years of films shot on 35mm that can’t really benefit from being scanned in at >4K resolution. Everything that’s ever been shot digitally is locked in at its source resolution, and lots of VFX shots are still being rendered out at 2K. We’ll all own 8K screens eventually, but it will always be silly on a 65” (or even 85”) screen that you sit 12 feet away from. Reply
  • samer1970 - Friday, February 23, 2018 - link

    @grez1219

    Productivity is not about noticing the sharper view . it is about showing more space to work on a project on the desktop . and desktop screens cant be more than 40 inch ...

    having 8K is very useful to work with more objects and showing them at once without the need of any scrolling.
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  • skavi - Monday, February 26, 2018 - link

    You can use virtual resolutions for that. This is definitely for sharpness. Reply
  • npz - Saturday, February 24, 2018 - link

    I'm referring to usable pixel workspace too and not sharpness. The problem is you don't have eyes good enough to make use of it at that high of a DPI (8k at 40") -- unless you sit like 1-2ft (max) away from the monitor, which is terrible for your eyes (and EMF gets to your face) and actually detracts from the workspace because you need to move your head.

    And I'm speaking as someone pretty hawkeyed. I like to sit far away to have all windows and text within my vision without having to my head much, if any at all.
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  • npz - Saturday, February 24, 2018 - link

    In terms of max size, why should 40 be the limit? I'll just sit further away than I normally do :)
    A 60" would be on a separate stand apart from the desk, with my desk moved back.
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  • MarkK02474 - Saturday, February 24, 2018 - link

    40 is the limit because otherwise you have to move your head/body around to see different parts of the screen. I had been using 4K, 55" TV for a monitor and found a 40" screen much easier to use, just tilting my head one way or another. The off-angle softness problem may be less bad with curved screens. With either screen 4k pixels are tiny so I usually zoom the display 125%. 8k is no better until a 75" or larger screen. I will buy a 4k OLED Tv/display before considering 8k anything. Reply
  • npz - Sunday, February 25, 2018 - link

    Like I said, I would move it back, separated away from my desk on its own stand so that I would not have to move my head around much. I have good eyesight and that's the way I have my current monitors setup--very far back so that I don't have to move my head at all for a single monitor. Reply

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