Highest resolution in televisions: what do they mean?

The different resolution variants of televisions available in the market today are the 8K TV, 4K TV, UHD, 2K TV, and the 1080p TV.

The latest televisions today are packed with high resolutions, so much so that when a consumer goes to purchase a high-resolution television in any offline or online stores they might be overwhelmed by the variants of high-resolution televisions available in the market. However, it is important to know what resolution actually means and what high-resolution televisions bring. It is safe to say that there are a number of high-resolution variants of televisions available in the market from which the consumers can choose comfortably.

What does resolution mean?

Resolution refers to the number of pixels that make up the images or the picture in the television. The pixel refers to the tiny dots that make up the whole picture. This means that television with a higher resolution will give a better picture quality than the one with a lower resolution. The televisions that have higher resolution allow their users to delve into a more immersive experience while playing games, videos, and movies.

While the resolution is important to get better picture quality in televisions, it is not everything. The media that is being played on the television also needs to have a high resolution to experience high-quality pictures or images.

However, it is also important to note that not always will a television with higher resolution have better image quality, as the television may depend on other factors of the TV such as the High Dynamic Range of the TV, or the contrast ratio, and other factors. 

The different resolution variants of televisions available in the market today are the 8K TV, 4K TV, UHD, 2K TV, and the 1080p TV.

  • 8K TV

The 8K TV is the latest resolution variant available in the market today. The very recent 8K televisions are the most expensive in the market as of now. The 8K televisions which can also be referred to as 8K UHD (Ultra High definition) comes with 7,680×4,320 pixels. 

The 8K resolution televisions are available from 65 inches to 85 inches or more. 

Besides burning a hole in your pocket because of its extremely high price, 8K TVs have not become mainstream yet. The pixel count is so high that the 8K TV is way ahead of its time and very little content that comes within this resolution range is available. The 8K TVs will take their time to become more mainstream as more content with higher resolution will be available soon although it is unknown as to how soon 8K content will become popular. There are however very few media like games and movies that can be watched on the 8K TV. YouTube has announced its 8K content plans for the future however, there are no major streaming services that provide 8K content as of yet.

  • 4K TV

The 4K TV is a more mainstream television that is popular in the market as of now. The 4K TVs are available in the sizes of 50 inches and above. The 4K TV packs a range of 4096×2160 pixels. Unlike 8K content which is very rare, there are 4K content that is abundant and is available on major streaming platforms such as Amazon, Netflix, and Vudu among others. Users of the 4K TV can also have the 4K experience while gaming such as when playing with Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.

  • UHD or Ultra High Definition TV

The UHD or Ultra High Definition TV is similar to the 4K TVs and is often confused to be the same. However, it is not so and the UHD TVs host a lesser range of pixels than the 4K TV. The UHD TV comes with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. UHD content is available on all major streaming platforms as well as for games. The UHD TVs are relatively cheaper than 4K TVs with only a slight difference in their pixel range.

The UHD TVs are also very popular at the moment for those consumers who are looking for an immersive experience at a reasonable price.

  • 2K TV

The 2K TVs have now become comparatively ‘old’. 2K resolution TVs are available in sizes below 50 inches. There is 2K content available mostly on all major streaming platforms and games. The 2K TV packs a range of 2,048×1080 pixels. Even if the 2K TVs are ‘old’ compared to UHD, 4K, and 8K TVs, it is increasingly growing more popular among consumers. The reason being, 2K TVs are obviously cheaper and more reasonable to buy with a good range of resolution that gives just the right amount of clarity.

  • 1080p TV or High Definition(HD) or Full HD

The 1080p TV or HD TVs are older than 2K TVs and have become less popular within the years. Though it is hard to find a 1080p TV these days, it is still available. The 1080p TV or device comes with 1,920×1,080 pixels which is similar to the 2K TV. Although many people confuse it to be the same as the 2K TV or term the 1080p TV as ‘1K’ TV, it is not so. The 1080p content is also available and any 1080p TV is the cheapest among the 5 TV variants that have been mentioned here. 

These are the major resolution variants of televisions available in the market and are also some of the trending topics when it comes to TV resolutions. Although a very important point that must be noted is that the vertical pixel might be similar to a different resolution variant of televisions which makes them similar but not the same. For instance, the 4K TV and the UHD TV have 4096×2160 pixels and 3,840 x 2,160 pixels respectively. The horizontal pixels are evidently different and the vertical pixels are the same, which makes them similar but not the same. The same case can be applied to 2K resolution and 1080p resolution. They might be similar but they are definitely different.


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