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Changhong shows off 98-inch 8K 98ZHQ2R "Full UHD" display at CES 2016

by on14 January 2016


Needs DisplayPort 1.3 connector for native 8K playback

Changhong (Sichuan Changhong Electric Co., Ltd.), the second largest manufacturer of televisions in China, unveiled its own 98-inch 8K "Full Ultra High Definition" (FUHD) monster on the show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center last week and took no shortcuts in competing against similar offerings from LG, Samsung and Hisense.

For starters, the Changhong 98ZHQ2R 8K Full UHD set packs 7680x4320 pixels, the usefully functional Android 4.4 operating system, the HDMI 2.0 specification, a Mobile High Link (MHL) port and some USB 3.0 ports. More importantly, however, is the display’s use of a Wide Color Gamut, which offers a wider color space than sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces.

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We are unsure of how well this display set adapts to the ITU’s Rec.709 and Rec.2020 specifications and have reached out to the company for more information.

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Unfortunately, the HDMI 2.0 specification tops out at 4K (4096x2160p) 60Hz over a single link. Other than through Internet video sources, we are unsure how an 8K 7680x4320p display such as this one would provide a native 8K picture from a physically connected device unless it also had a DisplayPort 1.3 connector. This would at least allow for 7680x4320p at 30Hz with 24-bit color.

Pricing for Asian and European markets is currently unknown, and we have reached out to the company for more information regarding this curious 98-inch wonder that is at least four years ahead of its time.

As we've said in our story on the Hisense 98-inch 8K ULED 3.0 MU9800U, you’ll notice that this and other 8K 7680x4320p television sets will be able to play a whopping eight YouTube clips filmed by non-amateur videographers. They include Patagonia 8KGhost Towns in 8KNorway in 8KSaturn Timelapse in 8KHaleakala National Park in 8KTokyo Timelapse Demo in 8KTokyo HDR Timelapse in 8K, and a Highway, Shipyard and Soccer Field in 8K.

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