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Best 8K TV 2022: Stunning ultra-high def TVs

Introduction

The future is here. The future is now. While the best 8K TVs are still expensive by 4K standards, they are at the forefront of the most exciting developments in the TV world.

The TVs that feature on this list have been put them through their paces, assessed with real world testing, and compared to others to determine picture, sound and smart performance so have all the info you need to make the right choice.

8K TVs are dropping in price each year, so now is as good a time as any to jump into 8K if you’re wavering on the fence. If an 8K TV is not what you’re after, then have a look at our best 4K TV list. If you’re after a set that’s more affordable then our best cheap TV list is the place to go.

How we test

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Every TV we review is put through the same set of tests to gauge its picture performance, usability, and smart features.

Tests are carried out over several days and are done by eye but supported with technical measurements. Testing by eye involves an expert watching a wide range of material to understand and determine a TV’s performance in fields such as brightness, contrast, motion processing, colour handling and screen uniformity.

We’ll consider the design of the TV in terms of build quality, study the spec sheets and see if the TV’s connections are up to spec, as well as playing video and audio content to ensure that the set handles playback as it claims. We also take note whether a product’s compatible formats and features are in line with industry trends or not to gauge whether it’s relevant for you.

Comparison to other related and similarly priced products is also important, to see if it’s missing any vital features and whether it impresses as a whole. After all this, we’ll come to a judgement on how the TV performs as a whole.

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Samsung QE75QN900A

Arguably the most cutting-edge TV ever seen
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Pros

  • Sensational HDR picture quality
  • Excellent gaming features and performance
  • Spectacular design

Cons

  • Hard on the bank balance
  • Native 8K content remains elusive
  • Aggressive dimming of very small bright objects

There’s been no bigger mascot for 8K than Samsung. It’s been the major driver for this area of the market, and its flagship 2021 8K model is its best yet.

If you’re financially able to see past the 75QN900A’s hefty price, Samsung’s 75-inch TV sets the pulse racing from the off with its stellar build quality and spectacular borderless design. The bezel is so slim you can barely see it from a seated viewing position.

With a slim depth of 15.4mm the QN900A is suited for wall-mounting and comes with an external One Connect box that can be affixed to the back of the stand for a tidier installation. The clever thing about the One Connect box is that it incorporates the TV’s connections and funnels power, video, and audio to the TV via one thin cable. Connectivity is outstanding, built to the latest HDMI 2.1 standard, with 40Gbps support so all four HDMI ports support cutting-edge gaming features such as 4K at 120Hz, variable refresh rates and automatic low latency mode (ALLM), as well as the latest premium AMD and Nvidia PC cards.

Upscaling sub-4K content to 8K has been improved with pin sharp clarity and detail, while peak HDR brightness is very high, briefly reaching 4000 nits in some modes for an eye-popping performance. Issues such as blooming and have been minimised, while the Quantum Dot display offers a tremendous variety of colours, though Samsung’s motion skills aren’t as good as some of its rivals.

Tucked into its slim frame is Object Tracking Sound Pro system with 10 built-in speakers that create a wide soundstage and track objects as they move across the screen. It could benefit from going louder to match some of the cinematic images it delivers on the screen.

As an advert for 8K this is a sensational audition. One of the most cutting-edge TVs we’ve seen.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review:
Samsung QE75QN900A

Samsung QE65QN900A

Makes 4K content look even better
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Pros

  • Irrepressible picture quality
  • Well-conceived smart features
  • Speedy gaming response
  • Superb upscaling of lower quality sources
  • Premium construction

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Speakers susceptible to bass distortion
  • No Dolby Vision

Another Samsung 8K model and the entry-level option into the Korean manufacturer’s flagship range. It bears most of the qualities showcased in the 75-inch model, the only significant difference being it can’t go as bright as the bigger models in the QN900A range.

And while for now there’s little 8K content for the QN900A to take advantage of, 4K has never looked as good as it does on this TV. The extra pixels and resolution manifests itself into a performance that is sharper, and more detailed than any 4K TV is capable of, making content look dazzling good. The Quantum Dot screen provides benefits with its wide assortment of colours, while the Mini LED backlight offers sensationally precise brightness levels free of much blooming, and black levels reach a depth that gets close to OLED. This TV’s picture quality is, at times, jaw droppingly good.

The sound quality isn’t as spectacular but for a TV it’s effective at conveying the width and size of what you see on screen if not quite the impact and bass depth – nudging the volume up only causes distortion with bass heavy soundtracks. Smart features are well conceived and differ from the usual set, while the overall feature set is about as thorough as you can get aside from the lack of Dolby Vision, an omission that continues to perplex.

If you’re not sure about the 8K revolution, the QN900A offers the most convincing case for its presence. It is outstanding.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: Samsung QE65QN900A

LG 75QNED99

Frequently stellar picture quality
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Pros

  • Often stellar picture quality
  • Groundbreaking black levels for IPS
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Some backlight issues with the darkest scenes
  • No VRR support
  • Expensive versus 4K TVs

The QNED99 is LG’s flagship Mini LED, the new backlight and its thousands of dimming zones improving on black levels, contrast, and brightness seen in LG’s ‘standard NanoCell range.

And for the vast majority of its day-to-day life, the 75QNED99 is a fantastic TV. The Mini LED backlight delivers the sort of spectacular contrast performance we’d honestly never expected to see from an LCD screen. LG’s NanoCell technology combines with this new contrast performance and a good amount of brightness to beautifully rich but refined effect. Fine details and sharpness are outstanding thanks to the screen’s native 8K resolution and LG’s latest much-improved motion and upscaling processing. The audio performance is an assured one, richer and more powerful than LG’s current OLED TVs, and despite a lack of scale with Atmos soundtracks, it’s a pretty class act by TV standards.

But not everything is executed to these high standards. Backlight blooming is still noticeable from straight on or at an angle, while the hyperactivity of the backlight can annoy when it must deal with very dark HDR scenes. And while 4K/120Hz support and ALLM are included for top line gaming, there’s no VRR support which is a strange omission for a TV brand that’s usually so positive with high-spec gaming features.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: LG 75QNED99

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FAQs

What is an 8K TV?

8K carries four times as many pixels as a 4K TV. That’s a jump from eight million pixels to 33 million, and a resolution bump from 3840 x 2160 to 7680 x 4320.

That makes for a sharper, more detailed and clearer image. Watching 8K is akin to peering through a window, such is the level of clarity it offers.

Is there any native 8K content to watch?

Yes and no. Yes, in the sense that 8K content can be found on YouTube – although, while it looks beautiful, it’s mostly animals and helicopter shots of cities.

No, in the sense of any broadcast, physical media or content from streaming services. The issue of 8K’s lack of content has been brought up many times, but in order for 8K to get there, the infrastructure and end-user experience needs to be in place to stimulate demand.

Do I have to sit closer to the screen?

You could. The 8K effect works best for big screen sizes, and it’s best to sit near enough so that the majority of your view is taken up by the screen.

Does 8K TV support HDMI 2.1?

Yes, it does, and that’s important as HDMI 2.1 supports higher video resolutions and frame rates, including 8K at 60fps. The specification also supports Variable Refresh Rates (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), which supported by the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles. eARC is bundled there too, and with the higher bitrate that HDMI 2.1 allows for,  Dolby Atmos and DTS:X can be piped through the TV to external devices from streaming services and apps.

When will 8K TV become affordable?

2021 will see prices for 8K TVs fall even further. In 2020 LG offered a 55-inch 8K at £1500, and we can see that coming down further to £1000. 2021 could be the year where this format comes onto the radar for many TV buyers.

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