updated 05:17 pm EDT, Wed August 22, 2012
Eighty-four-inch television going for $22,000
The BBC reports that LG has revealed what it calls the world's largest ultra-definition television, a massive 84-inch screen that outputs at four times the resolution of a 1080p display. The 4K resolution featured on the new television is still in its infancy, but LG regards the technology as the future of the medium and is investing accordingly.
The new screen doesn't have a US model number yet. At 84 inches, it is actually smaller than a 90-inch HDTV model made by Sharp, but the 4K format is more advanced than that seen on the Sharp model. Among 4K screens, though, LG's model tops a 55-inch offering from Toshiba and a 20-inch model from Panasonic. Samsung and Sony are also reported to be developing their own 4K televisions.
The new screen offers eight million pixels per frame. That resolution is four times the one seen on 1080p HD displays. The cinema-quality television isn't intended for the mass market, at least not yet. In fact, there aren't even that many media options for a 4K display. Sony offers a Blu-ray player that upscales to 4K, but upscaling reduces image quality and no current Blu-ray discs have 4K content. YouTube also supports 4K video, but the number of videos uploaded to the site in that resolution is still very small. LG has priced the new television at $22,010 and expects to show off the device again at the IFA tech trade show in Berlin toward the end of August. [via Mashable]