Did you know there’s an organisation called the HDMI Forum? Well, it’s the one that draws up the specifications for HDMI cables. And the HDMI forum today announced the next version of these cables, HDMI 2.1. The standard was announced at CES 2017, at the beginning of 2017, but it seems the organisation is now ready to release the final specifications for the same.
The new standard is going to support 4K video at 120Hz, 8K video at 60 Hz and even support 10k resolution.
According to the HDMI Forum, the new standard is going to support 4K video at 120Hz. It can also support 8K video at 60 Hz. In fact, it can even support 10k resolution. Of course, you will have to wait for devices that can play such resolution and videos that are shot in 10k resolution.
That obviously makes HDMI 2.1 a future facing update, though you should expect high end televisions to start using the standard from next year onwards. While devices do support 4K video nowadays, video and movies in that resolution are much more difficult to find. In growing markets, 4K video is still quite far from being mainstream.
HDMI 2.1 is backwards compatible though, so all your current devices will support it.