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Best 8K TVs 2019: the ultimate 8K resolution TVs

Best 8K TV Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best 8K TVs you can buy in 2019.

One day, 8K TVs will drive 4K TVs into extinction. Perhaps. It won't be for a while but with the likes of Sony, Samsung and LG launching flagship 8K TV sets, it looks like next-generation TVs with a whole heap more pixels will one day become a reality.

They might be expensive, but 8K TVs offer four times the pixel density of their 4K TV siblings. That makes for a  stunningly-lifelike picture that represents a massive step up from 4K. And with Black Friday around the corner, it's a good time to be keeping an eye out for bargains.

Sadly, there's almost no 8K content available at the moment. That's why 8K TVs make themselves useful by upscaling standard, HD and 4K content. That means you can expect a glorious, cinematic experience – even if 8K content is far from mainstream.  

So what should you look for when buying an 8K TV? Good upscaling and motion processing are crucial – particularly given that 8K displays tend to range from 65-inches to over 100-inches.

How do we choose the best 8K TVs?

Here at What Hi-Fi? we review hundreds of products every year – and that includes plenty of TVs. So how do we come to our review verdicts? And why can you trust them?

We have state-of-the-art testing facilities in London and Bath, where our team of expert reviewers do all our testing. This gives us complete control over the testing process, ensuring consistency. 

All products are tested in comparison with rival products in the same price category, and all review verdicts are agreed upon by the team as a whole rather than an individual reviewer, again helping to ensure consistency and avoid any personal preference.

The What Hi-Fi? team has more than 100 years experience of reviewing, testing and writing about consumer electronics.

From all of our reviews, we choose the products to feature in our Best Buys. That's why if you take the plunge and buy one of the products recommended below, or on any other Best Buy page, you can be assured you're getting a What Hi-Fi? approved product.

Best 8K TVs 2019: the ultimate 8K resolution TVs

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1. Sony KD-85ZG9

Sony's first 8K TV is thrilling – and sets a new TV benchmark.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: LCD with direct LED backlight | Operating system: Google Android TV 8.0 | HDR formats: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1

Reasons to Buy

8K is utterly stunning
Punchy, vibrant and natural
Excellent motion
Very good sound

Reasons to Avoid

Almost no 8K content
Hugely expensive
Blacks could be deeper

This 85-inch Sony 8K TV offers an astonishingly-lifelike image and almost no downsides in terms of performance. Convincing blacks, superb motion control, outstanding upscaling – this TV excels in every area. 

Sony's X1 Ultimate chip and 8K X-Reality Pro tech does a superb job of upscaling, adding detail that looks completely natural, ensuring an incredibly immersive performance with HD and 4K content.

Sound is equally spectacular. Four sets of three, forward-firing speakers and four woofers, help deliver dramatic sound that outshines the average soundbar

There's plenty of support for streaming apps, including Netflix and Amazon Video (in 4K and Dolby Vision), and Google Play TV and Movies. Sony's Android-powered user interface isn't quite as good as Samsung's but the ZG9 comes with Google Assistant and is ‘Works with Alexa’-certified, so it's responsive to voice commands.

You'll need seriously deep pockets, but for the bleeding edge of 8K TV tech, look no further than the Sony KD-85ZG9 – the finest 8K TV we've reviewed.

Read the full review: Sony KD-85ZG9 8K TV

Best 8K TVs 2019: the ultimate 8K resolution TVs

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2. Samsung QE65Q900R

The best 'budget' 8K on the market right now.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: QLED | Operating system: Samsung Tizen | HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI: 4 | USB: 2 | Optical: 1

Reasons to Buy

Native 8K is gorgeous
Deep, detailed blacks
Capable upscaler

Reasons to Avoid

Almost no 8K content to watch
Colours lack vibrancy

The Q900R is the smallest and most affordable 8K TV we've tested, and it offers plenty of thrills. It offers a major upgrade over 4K in terms of detail and sharpness; everything on screen looks stunningly crisp and lifelike. Peak brightness (3000nits) makes for dramatic whites and upscaling is very good indeed. 

There's a lot to like about the clever design, too. Samsung's OneConnect concept sees all the inputs - including the power cable – shifting to an external box. The result of that is a svelte, 3.5cm-deep 8K TV that's ideal for wall-hanging. 

Samsung's user experience is arguably the slickest and most intuitive on the market, and it's blessed with an excellent choice of streaming services in both 4K and HDR. 

The only downside is that Samsung’s 2018 flagship 4K set, the QE65Q9FN, does some things better and is far more affordable. But if you want a future-proof 8K TV, this is the best 'budget' option.

Read the full review: Samsung QE65Q900R 8K QLED TV

Best 8K TVs 2019: the ultimate 8K resolution TVs

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3. Samsung QE85Q900R

A gigantic display with astonishing performance – but at a price.

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen type: QLED | Operating system: Samsung Tizen | HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI: 4 | USB: 3 | Optical: 1

Reasons to Buy

Native 8K is astonishing
Accomplished upscaling
One Connect sensible as usual

Reasons to Avoid

Native 8K is years away
Lacks black depth
Some backlight blooming

How does native 8K content look on the Q900R? Utterly mesmerising, as you'd expect. It offers an insanely lifelike picture, even up close, and record peak brightness (4000nits). Motion handing is excellent – albeit not quite as impressive as Sony's 8K flagship (above) – and upscaling is impressive. 

This TV has more to offer than just pixels, though. You get Samsung's slick, class-leading user interface, the widest choice of streaming apps, and an external OneConnect box to hide all the TV's inputs and cables. 

Sound quality is decent, but nothing special. Still, if you're dropping this sort of money on a TV it's a fair bet you'll be investing in a serious home cinema speaker system

There's no question that the Samsung 85-inch Q900R offers a mesmerising home cinema experience. However, it's worth noting that you can step down to the 65-inch Q900R and get 8K resolution for less than a third of the price.

Read the full review: Samsung QE85Q900R 8K QLED TV