Sony Unveils 63-Foot-Tall 16K Screen in Japan

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BBC News reports that Sony has just unveiled an impressive 16K resolution display in Japan. To put that into perspective, the new display panel contains 16 times as many pixels as a 4K UHD TV. In comparison to a typical 1080p TV, however, it has 64 times as many pixels.

In addition to the outstanding resolution, the screen is also huge, measuring in at 63ft by 17ft. It’s being installed at a new research center that has been built for the Japanese cosmetics group Shiseido in the city of Yokohama, and it’s so big that it takes up two floors.

In terms of how it’s constructed, the display has been created out of several modular panels, since the screens do not incorporate bezels that can be fitted together to create the impression of a true single screen.

In regards to the tech, Sony calls it “Crystal LED,” which is the company’s brand name for its micro-LED display tech. The company claims that this tech does not require a backlight, but it’s much brighter than OLED screens, while still delivering similar deep blacks.

Furthermore, Sony produced 16K footage for Shiseido showing life-size animal wildlife, since little 16K footage exists. Because of its size, it’s also worth noting that you can count on it being available in your local electronics store soon. However, Sony is reportedly producing smaller lower-resolution Crystal LED displays for office use, movie theaters, theme parks and more.

Learn more about Sony’s forthcoming offerings from its NAB Show 2019 press conference presentation here.

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