Is 4K the Next 1080p?

As recently as February of 2019, 4K TV was being called the next big thing in TV technology. Despite the newly released 8K technology by Sony, 4K is quite likely here to stay.

Technology Moves On

Back in the 2000’s, 1080p and HDTV were the hottest options available for TV-buyers. But the years went by and new forms of technology were invented, such as 4K TV which sports a resolution just over four times larger.

4K remains extremely popular, and now the average price of ownership has fallen to a much more reasonable level, which is much the same path that 1080p and other popular inventions took.

1080p and 4K Explained

What do all these numbers mean? Essentially, the “p” in “1080p” stands for “pixels,” which are the little dots on the screen that help render the images. The standard resolution of 1080p is 1920×1080, meaning it has 2,072,600 pixels at its disposal.

Compare that with the standard 4K display of 3840×2160 and you get 8,294,400 pixels, which still isn’t even half of the 7680×4320 (or 33,955,200 pixels) resolution of 8k. But does it really matter?

Experts seem to believe that the best possible resolution for the human eye is just a little but under 4K, meaning that we’re probably never going to get anything better than 4K without overhauling the entire pixel-resolution design system.


What does this mean for the 4K TV industry? Who’s to know! But one thing is for certain: 4K is vastly superior to 1080p and just as popular today as 1080p HDTVs were in their heyday. That makes it a safe bet to say that 4K is here to stay.