The future is here. While you’ll need to save up to get the best 8K TV, they are at the forefront of the most exciting developments on the TV world.

8K works best at big sizes, so this list covers models 65-inches and above. 8K is also not particularly cheap, which is why the TVs that feature on this list have been put them through their paces, assessed in the real world, and compared to others to determine their performance in terms of picture, sound and smarts, so have all the info you need to make the right choice.

Prices for are 8K TVs are dropping each year, so while they’re still relatively expensive compared to 4K TVs, they’re only going to get cheaper. 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.

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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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An 8K TV with sensational picture and sound

Pros

  • Spectacular picture quality with a wide range of resolutions
  • Beautiful, cutting edge design
  • Innovative and effective object tracking sound system

Cons

  • One or two very rare backlight glitches
  • It will be too expensive for most households
  • No Dolby Vision support

Samsung’s latest 8K TV is one of the year’s best, and one of the more cutting edge TVs we’ve ever seen.

While at £7,999, the Q950TS lacks mass market appeal, but the performance it’s capable of is truly sensational. Even with 8K content scarce, its upscaling skills are remarkable, displaying 4K content that looks sharper and more textured than on native 4K displays. Its HDR performance is punchy and bright, black levels are phenomenally deep and colours are consistently balanced and natural looking.

The new OTS+ sound system also works, offering a level of accuracy in terms of effects placement that other rivals haven’t yet matched. As we called it in our review, “it’s one hell of a TV.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: Samsung QE75Q950TS





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Produces some of the best all-round pictures from any LCD TV

Pros

  • Spectacularly bright, colourful pictures
  • Excellent built-in sound system
  • Comprehensive smart system

Cons

  • Limited 8K input support
  • No VRR support for gaming
  • Minor backlight blooming

Sony continues to make its mark in the 8K market with its ZH8. It serves up the all-round most spectacular but refined pictures we saw in an LCD TV in 2020. Small bright highlights are dazzling conveyed in a film such as Mad Max: Fury Road, and its brightness feeds into a beautifully rich and vivid colour performance. That’s backed up by a sound system that’s so good, it might actually save you from having to fork out cash for a separate audio system.

We don’t quite understand Sony’s decision to limit the number of 8K inputs. While it can play 8K content over HDMI (though its image looks a little soft), it can’t play 8K over USB or 8K streams. It also misses out on support for VRR, but can do 4K/120Hz and send the TV into its game mode automatically with ALLM. Still, the Sony is one of the finest LCD TVs on the market.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: Sony KD-75ZH8





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Brings 8K closer to wider adoption

Pros

  • Bright, sharp 8K pictures with impressive black levels
  • Powerful, impressively detailed audio
  • Good value for an 8K TV

Cons

  • Heavy dimming of stand-out bright objects
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • Game mode reduces backlight controls

The argument made against 8K it’s too expensive and there’s not enough content. Well, when it comes to price, the Samsung Q800T makes a convincing case that 8K is becoming ever more affordable.

Over the course of testing, we found that the Q800T makes 4K content look better than it does on a native 4K display. That’s down to Samsung’s AI/algorithms driving the performance, and more positives come in the form of excellent black levels, minimal blooming around bright objects and a brightness that makes HDR content look fantastic.

The OTS+ sound system works brilliantly, conveying a good dynamic range and able to dole out some nice, meaty bass.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: Samsung QE65Q800T

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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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