China’s BOE recently unveiled a 16K TV with over 132 million pixels, each of which is too small for the human eye to discern even with your face pressed up against the screen. Vincent Teoh, widely known for his YouTube channel HDTVTest, which does in-depth examinations of TVs, monitors, and projectors, was the first to notice BOE’s new 16K TV at Display Week 2023, which is currently taking place in Los Angeles. Similar to CES, the event focuses on next-generation display technologies.
The BOE 16K TV has a resolution of 15,360 x 8,640, for a total of 132,710,400 pixels, a contrast ratio of 1200:1, a 99% DCI-P3 colour gamut, and a refresh rate that peaks out at 60Hz because anything greater requires substantial computing power on a panel like this.
A 16K TV has four times the pixels of an 8K TV and sixteen times the pixels of the 4K screen you’re probably using at home right now. HDTV, which was a tremendous increase in resolution for TVs when it debuted decades ago, is no longer available.
Teoh also took advantage of the chance to film BOE’s 16K TV, which was actually showing 8K content that had been artificially upscaled to 16K using AI. This underlines one of the issues that even 8K TVs are still dealing with: finding native content at those extreme resolutions is difficult.
There’s no indication on how much this beast will cost, but losing it while attempting to mount it to a wall will most likely cost as much as totaling a sports car as you drive off the dealer’s lot.