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HDMI 2.1 supports 10K resolution
December 11, 2017, 4:32 pm

The HDMI Forum, the governing organization that creates specifications for HDMI cables, has officially released the next version of the HDMI standard: HDMI 2.1. The new standard, which was first announced earlier this year at CES 2017 and has now been finalized and released to companies to start integrating into devices, is way ahead of the curve when it comes to the resolution it supports.

The new standard supports a whole host of new video outputs including 4K video at 120Hz and 8K video at 60Hz, along with support for video at 10K resolution, at a time when 4K video content still remains sparse.

HDMI 2.1 is more a future-facing update than one that will directly affect current devices, seeing as we are still just starting to reach the point where 4K video is becoming commonplace, to say nothing of 8K resolution or technologies like dynamic HDR video that HDMI 2.1 in theory will be able to support.

Still, since the standard is fully backwards compatible with current HDMI devices, it is likely that manufacturers will start incorporating the new specification on devices going forward. And maybe one day, technology for video and displays will finally catch up and we will actually be able to fully take advantage of everything HDMI 2.1 has to offer today.

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