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2160p is an alternative name for 4K UHD, a resolution supported by UHDTV products and which offers four times the definition of 1080p.[1] The number 2160 stands for 2,160 vertical lines of display resolution, while the letter p stands for progressive scan or non-interlaced. In a progressive image, the lines of resolution of the image go from the top of the screen to the bottom.[2] The only planned higher definition format for television is 8K UHD.[3]


2160p or 4K UHD is 3840×2160 (8.3 megapixels in the 16:9 aspect ratio) and is one of the two resolutions of Ultra-high-definition television.[4][5]

Confusion between QHD and UHD[edit]

QuadHD or QHD are 1440p, not the higher 2160p (UHD) standard. Quad HD is four times the resolution of HD or 'HD Ready' (720p),[6] whereas UHD is four times the resolution of Full HD (1080p).[7]


  • Philips has made a 3DTV with a native resolution of 4K UHD.[8]
  • Sony Xperia Z2 shoots 2160p video at 30fps.
  • The NOKIA LUMIA 930 shoots 2160p video at 30fps.
  • The NOKIA LUMIA ICON shoots 2160p video at 30fps.
  • The NOKIA LUMIA 1520 shoots 2160p video at 30fps.
  • The Google Nexus 6, 5x, and the 6P shoots 2160p video at 30fps
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 3(only Snapdragon 800 version) shoots 2160p video at 30fps.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S5 shoots 2160p video at 30fps.
  • On June 12, 2014, the 2014 FIFA World Cup became the first ever to be shot in 4K UHD, thanks to FIFA's partnership with Sony.
  • In March 2015 the ICC World Cup was broadcast in 4K resolution.[9]
  • On September 2, 2015, Sony announced the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, the first phone with a 4K UHD Display[10]
  • On June 29, 2016, NBC affilate station, WRAL-TV becomes the first US Television Station to broadcast at both 1080p and at 2160p using ATSC 3.0 Digital Television Standards and operates under an FCC Experimental License on UHF Channel 39 as WRAL-EX. It's 4K sub channel (39.2) broadcasts a 4K UHD Demo loop.[11]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Henning, W (2006-09-11). "Bye-Bye 1080P – Hello 2160P?". Neoseeker. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  2. ^ MATTHEW BRAGA. "The Road to 2160p: How 4K UltraHD Will Get into Your Home". Tested. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Robert Silva. "8K Resolution - Definition and Explanation of 8K Video Resolution". About.com. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ultra High Definition Television: Threshold of a new age". ITU. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Beyond HD". Broadcast Engineering. 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  6. ^ Graphics display resolution#QHD .282560x1440.29
  7. ^ Graphics display resolution#UHD 4K .283840x2160.29
  8. ^ Fermoso, J (2008-10-01). "Gadget Lab Hardware News and Reviews Philips’ 3D HDTV Might Destroy Space-Time Continuum, Wallets". Condé Nast Digital. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Sony Global - Xperia Z5 Premium
  11. ^ "WRAL Launches ATSC 3.0 Service". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 29 June 2016.