The innovations introduced by Sony also include two very interesting prototypes: the X1 Ultimate picture processor and LCD display with an 8K resolution at CES 2018.
X1 Ultimate is the evolution of the X1 Extreme that we find on all Sony 4K HDR TVs of the 2017 and 2018 range. The computing capacity of the new processor is about double. This allows you to manage higher resolutions than Ultra HD and also to perform an object-based HDR remastering (already present on X1 Extreme) much more accurate. The images are optimized not only frame by frame, but also separately intervening on some objects identified by the electronics, as elements on which there is a margin for processing that can improve the video performance.
The X1 Ultimate processor can be used with LCD or OLED TV and is the ideal companion of the new 85-inch 8K display, a Full LED LCD with local dimming and 7680 x 4320 pixels. The specimen shown, still in development, reaches a very high brightness, the highest ever shown on a TV: we talk about 10,000 cd/m2 nits. So, theoretically means that the display would not need to use the “tone mapping”, the processing that adapts the brightness of the contents to the peak of the panel.
The X1 Ultimate processor realizes maximum HDR brightness standard of 10,000 nits along with unprecedented contrast, for the realistic picture you have ever seen.
Currently, we do not talk about marketing, but we would not be surprised if the 8K and the new processor should peep out on the market soon, in some form more or less directly derived from these prototypes.