The HDMI 2.0 spec has been in the works for years but as of today it is finally official and very impressive to say the least.
Just a few years ago the HDMI 2.0 feature list would have looked like science fiction. The bandwidth capacity is a massive 18Gbps, hence it can cope with 3840×2160 video at up to 60fps, handling eight times as much data as 1080p at 30fps.
But it’s not all about pixels, either. HDMI 2.0 also supports 32 audio channels. It also features dynamic auto lip-sync and extensions to CEC.
The new spec does not define any new cables or connectors, which means it will be backwards compatible with existing HDMI gear.
The downside? Well, 4K displays still cost a fortune and they won’t replace 1080p monitors or tellies anytime soon.
However, people are being spoiled by ultra-sharp tablet screens, so we wouldn’t be surprised if we see faster development on this front over the next couple of years.