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4K resolution for the Future: Introduction

If you’re an Aptgadget reader, we’re glad to have you back. This post will start a week-long discussion regarding the rise of 4K resolution and displays.

I know, I know. Some of you are thinking, “why do we need 4K resolution?” Most consumers rarely use 1080p or Full HD resolution, nevertheless 1440p (Quad HD screen resolution: 2,560 x 1,440p) or 4K resolution (2160p). I could provide an easy answer regarding my take on 4K, but some would decide I’m wrong. So, rather than start from my own assumptions and views, I’d like to tackle some objections to 4K displays and video resolutions while providing some answers that may make consumers rethink their objections.

At the end of the day, some may still disagree with my view of 4K displays and technology, but it can’t be said that I don’t understand the other side. With that out of the way, let’s discuss 4K and its objections.

What is 4K resolution?

In one place, I’ve discussed YouTube’s support of 8K video resolution. While 8K screen resolution and video resolution comes out to 7,680 x 4,320p, 4K resolution comes out to 3840 x 2160p (half the resolution of 8K, what is also called “Full Ultra HD”). Some call the 3840 x 2160p resolution the “near-4K” experience, since the first number is “3840” and not “4000p” or more. 4K resolution is also referred to as “Ultra HD,” so you’ll likely see “4KUHD” as a series of numbers and letters with smartphone cameras (the OnePlus One, or Samsung’s Galaxy S5, for example) or Samsung TVs in your local tech store. This is in relation to “720p,” for example, which is simply 1280 x 720p (or HD resolution).

4K resolution is brighter, crisper, with more detailed images and scenes than we’ve experienced up to this point. But the goal of giving higher-resolution displays is to bring us ever closer to a movie and TV-viewing experience that matches what you’d see in the cinema. The goal of High-Fidelity audio (or Hi-Fi audio) is to bring us closer to the experience of recording a video or song in a studio, and the same goes for 4K resolution. It is basically taking the most detailed viewing experience of 4KTVs, and encapsulating that experience in current smartphones.

All of this may sound good, but consumers appreciate less of the technical details of 4K resolution and more of its significance. They tend to ask the question, “Why do we need it? What’s the point? Aren’t displays bright enough already? If 1080p or 720p is good, why do we need 1440p (Quad HD) or 2160p (4K) viewing? How will it be better than what we already have? Can we even see or notice the difference?”

To this end, there will be five objections we’ll tackle, and I’ll provide a response for each. You can go to the source link below to view the article that I’ll be using as a means to guide the discussion on 4K displays and resolution.

Are there any questions you have about 4K resolution or Ultra HD resolution? Stay tuned as we start to tackle five common objections to 4K resolution and displays in the next editorial. This is the beginning of a multi-part series this week, and I look forward to interacting with you and contributing to this cutting-edge display technology.

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