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Is 1440p True 2K?

The reason you’re asking this question is because 1440p is continuously referred to as *2K* in marketing but this isn’t accurate from a technical perspective.

Actual 1440p Resolution

  • Specifically means 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • It is also known as Quad HD (QHD) or WQHD (Wide Quad HD)

True 2K Resolution

  • In the film industry, 2K means 2048 x 1080 pixels
  • This is slightly wider than 1080p (1920 x 1080)

Why the Confusion

  • 1440p is about 2.5K horizontally (2560 pixels)
  • Marketing teams like to round this down to *2K* to sound better. Similar to how saying that you have half a million sounds better than saying 500 thousand.

Comparison

  • 1440p: 2560 x 1440 = 3,686,400 total pixels
  • True 2K: 2048 x 1080 = 2,211,840 total pixels
  • 1440p actually has about 1.67 times more pixels than true 2K.

Consumer Context

In consumer electronics, 1440p is accepted as *2K*.

This usage, while not technically correct, has become pretty common and people don’t bother correcting it anymore. Similar to saying *I didn’t do nothing*. While grammatically meaning that you *did something*, no one is going to hold that phrase against you because we all know what you meant.

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