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Samsung and LG follow Sharp with early leaps to 8K TVs

Sony and Panasonic hold back, fearing latest tech will be a hard sell

Samsung shows off its 8K display at this year's IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

BERLIN -- A divide is opening up in the electronics industry, with some TV manufacturers racing ahead to sell the highest-resolution 8K models while others stick with 4K technology that is only just catching on.

South Korean powerhouses Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have followed Japan-based, Taiwanese-owned Sharp into the 8K era. But their big Japanese rivals, Sony and Panasonic, are holding back out of concern that the market is not ready.

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