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4K UHD is Replacing 1080p

In the past, the highest definition video quality was reserved solely for massive production companies and top-tier professional videographers and photographers but not anymore. While1080P was recognized as the gold standard of video quality –acclaimed for vibrant clarity – 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) is quickly replacing it and becoming widely available to the general public. While it’ll cost you a pretty penny, coming at a fairly high cost, the incredible formatting will be worth the strain on your wallet.

Here is a breakdown of the similarities and differences between 4K UHD and 1080P:


The “p” in 1080p stands for pixels. It indicates that the resolution consists of 1920 x 1080 pixels. On the other hand, 4K consists of 3840 x 2160. The 4K refers to its proximity to 4000 horizontal pixels.

Aspect Ratio

The 4K UHD aspect ratio is 16:9. 4K UHD has approximately four times  the number pixels per screen of 1080p. There are over eight million pixels on a 4K UHD display while there’s only about 2 million pixels on a 1080p display. The difference in pixels and aspect ratio is one of the many advantages that 4K UHD technology has over 1080p technology.


Even the most highly complex details can be reproduced in stunning contrast on Ultra High Definition displays that have implemented 4K technology. The high resolution due to the increased number of pixels means viewers will be able to see intricacies like individual hairs in the fur of an animal. With 1080p, there will be slight blurring as well as colours that might not appear as light or dark as they are intended.

Viewing Distance

With 1080K technology, if the viewer is close to the screen there will likely be issues with moiré. This means when a visual on display contains a repeated line or dot-like patterned detail, a strange-looking wavy detail will appear on the screen negatively affecting the visual experience. Moiré occurs when a repetitive pattern exceeds the sensor resolution on a display. You might have seen it in photos or videos of clothing when there’s a very thin checkered, dotted or stripped or pattern. You might also be familiar with this if you’ve ever sat or stood close to a low-resolution screen. This visual obstruction is a lot less likely to occur with 4K UHD. The recommended viewing distance is twice as close as 1080p resolution. If you’re looking to invest in a new television or digital signage for business purposes and you know the viewer of your display is going to up close, make sure you get something with 4K UHD.

In summary, if you are tech-savvy and always on the hunt for the latest and greatest innovations in digital signage and displays you should absolutely make the switch to 4K UHD. However, 1080HD is an extremely reliable video quality so if high resolution isn’t a major priority, don’t fret. Samsung offers displays with both high definition video qualities. Contact your local Samsung dealer today to learn more about the differences and similarities. 

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