|Park Jin-hyo, second from left, who heads SK Telecom's ICT Technology Center, and Lee Hee-man, right, who heads Samsung Electronics' VD Service PM Group, with other officials after signing a MOU to develop 8K TV powered by 5G networks. / Courtesy of SK Telecom|
By Jun Ji-hye
SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics will work together to develop an 8K television utilizing high-end fifth-generation (5G) networks, the nation's top mobile carrier said Sunday.
Once it is commercialized, users will be able to watch the highest-resolution images sent by wireless on 8K TVs.
8K refers to a horizontal resolution of 7,680 pixels, which is rounded up to 8000. It is the highest ultra-high definition television resolution in digital television. The resolution of an 8K TV is about four times that of a 4K TV.
The telecom company said users of Samsung's 8K TVs would be able to watch advanced media content including 8K content as well as virtual reality and augmented reality through 5G networks.
"5G-powerd 8K TV will be the integration of ultra-low latency 5G networks and highest-resolution TV technologies," said Park Jin-hyo, who heads SK Telecom's ICT Technology Center. "5G technology will bring the hyper-media era forward."
SK Telecom will apply mobile edge computing and network-based media processing technologies to transmit high-capacity 8K image data without lag, stutter and frame tearing.
Samsung Electronics will utilize artificial intelligence features that upscale lower-quality content to appear close to 8K resolution.
The tech giant will also equip its 8K TV with a small piece of hardware, called a dongle, to support wireless receiving of 8K images.