LG’s New Flagship 32UK950 4K HDR600 PC Monitor Is Coming To CES 2018
Stephan Jukic – December 23, 2017
LG’s newer 4K HDR monitors are some of the best and brightest on the market and the new 32UK950 that the company is planning on unveiling in January at CES 2018 will push some of the specs that make this brand’s displays such great performers to new levels. Here is a new type of liquid crystal “nano” IPS monitor with some very robust HDR specs which feature a high dynamic range seal of approval in the form of an HDR 600 rating from VESA, meaning that the 32UK950 will offer up a very luminous 600 nits of brightness in addition to its professional grade DCI-P3 wide color gamut coverage and other high-end specs such as an integrated Thunderbolt 3 dock. In other words, the 32UK950 will be LG’s new flagship 4K PC monitor for 2018.
The most interesting thing about the 32UK950 is however the Nano IPS technology that LG has built into its display. The company is planning on using this same development in numerous other high end PC monitors in 2018 and, it certainly looks like a development that could legitimately mean an improvement in the often weak black levels and contrast ratios that IPS displays normally suffer. In essence according to LG, Nano IPS technology consists of tiny nanoparticles which are applies to the LED backlight of a monitor’s screen for the sake of absorbing excess light wavelengths for a more intense, purer and more accurate color gamma. At the same time this modulation of spectral backlight output will improve contrast and black level weaknesses in the 32UK950’s display. The technology isn’t even that extremely unique. Samsung’s quantum dot QLED PC monitors and Panasonic’s light modulating cell designs in their displays offer similar qualities. Some of Samsung’s new models even come with the same VESA Display HDR standard included.
LG does fall a little vaguely in its description of just how much of a contrast ratio improvement we can expect in the 32UK950. While the company promises a very concrete 98% DCI-P3 wide color gamut coverage spec that slightly outdoes the best that current LG flagship monitors such as the 32UD99-W are capable of, they make no mention of the 32UK950’s exact static (native) contrast ratio in their press release materials. The only thing they do specify in terms of contrast is the HDR 600 VESA rating that the 32UK950 will have. This of course means a genuinely excellent peak display brightness of at least 600 nits and according to the specifics of the HDR 600 standard, it also has to mean a black level of no higher than 0.1 nits. So we’re assuming that the 32UK950 will match these two figures in its consumer model releases even though LG has made no mention of the local dimming technology that VESA claims to be vital for a monitor display to reach such a deep black level.
What we can confirm so far and what LG has been clear on is, once again, the wide color gamut quality delivered by the 32UK950. This at least will almost certainly be delivered as expected if older LG flagship HDR monitors like the 32UD99 are anything to go by in their measured performance.
Moving beyond these more esoteric display specs, we know that the 32UK950 comes with a 3840 x 2160 4K ultra HD resolution built into its 32 inch display panel and that it offers 10-bit color as well with smooth reproduction of 1.07 billion RGB color variations. In other words, with these specs, it’s looking like it’s going to be a monitor with HDR10 high dynamic range support as well.
The new flagship display’s connectivity specs are also fairly robust and come with one other cutting-edge touch: The 32UK950 will offer up an integrated Thunderbolt 3 dock alongside its regular DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0a and USB 3.0 ports.
LG will be showcasing the new Nano IPS 32UK950 edition 4K HDR monitor at CES 2018 next month and maybe then we’ll also find out more about its retail price and specific release date.
Here are the overall preliminary Specifications of the LG 32UK950
- Panel 32″ IPS with Nano IPS technology
- Resolution 3840 × 2160
- Refresh Rate 60 Hz (?)
- Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
- Color Saturation 98% DCI-P3
- Display Colors 07 billion
- 3D-LUT supported
- Inputs 1 × TB3
- DisplayPort 1.2 (TBC)
- HDMI 2.0a (TBC)
- Audio Integrated speakers