Over the past year or two, notebooks with 4K displays have almost gone mainstream and more manufacturers are joining the 4K display bandwagon. However, soon the 4K resolution could seem outdated as the Video Electronics Standards Association today published the Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) standard version 1.4a that will allow all-in-one computers and notebooks to feature 8K resolution (7,680 x 4,320) displays.
The latest eDP 1.4a standard brings higher video data transfer rate that can facilitate increased display resolution, greater color depth and higher panel refresh rates. The eDP 1.4a also includes the new VESA Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard v1.1 and a new segmented panel architecture to enabled higher panel integration. The new spec will not only allow for higher resolution displays but also allow for thinner displays and help increase efficiency on displays with lower resolutions. The display is most often the most power hungry of all components in a notebook, so increased efficiency could help notebooks with 4K or lower resolutions to achieve greater battery life than what is currently achievable.
VESA expects that the new eDP 1.4a standard will be ready to be used on products by the year 2016. However, it is not likely that the first 8K notebooks could be launched that same year as there is no consumer product right now that features 8K resolution. Nevertheless, the new standard does make it possible for PC makers to use higher than 4K resolution in their laptops if and when they are ready to do so.