Much ado about nothing – naEKRANIE.pl
Samsung has lobbied the EU to reconsider its stance on 8K TVs. According to the Energy Efficiency Index (EEI), 8K displays and devices equipped with microLEDs sold from March 1, 2023 must have the same EEI as 4K displays.
8K screens have four times as many pixels as 4K models of the same size. Moreover, they require more powerful processors to upscale images to 8K quality from their native resolutions. Limiting the power consumption of 8K receivers to 4K seems unreasonable, but the EU did not want to bend. This left Samsung with no choice but to withdraw its entire line of 8K TVs from the EU or… come up with a workaround.
To meet EU requirements, Samsung will supply 8K TVs to the EU with a very low brightness setting by default in a special Eco mode. Moreover, the brightness setting in this mode is locked and cannot be changed by the user.
A complete disaster? Not really, because the devil is in the details. How underlines Forbes, Samsung simply has to provide TVs that run in low power mode by default, or Eco mode. And that’s it. Apparently the UE doesn’t mind when users switch to a different picture mode that no longer restricts brightness. What’s more, the brightness setting in other modes is fully adjustable.
Ultimately, the new regulations will not affect the development of 8K and microLED TVs. Users will be free to switch to other modes and fine-tune the brightness as they see fit. Samsung intends to include a section on picture settings in the initial setup of the TV to inform the new user about how Eco mode and other picture modes work. Thanks to this, even people with little technical knowledge will know how to unlock the full capabilities of the new TV.