LG announces ‘5K ultrawide’ HDR monitor

LG has just announced some impressive-sounding monitors that it’ll be bringing to CES in a couple of weeks. First up is the 32UK950, a 32-inch 4K monitor with HDR support, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, 98-percent P3 color gamut coverage, and similar Nano IPS technology to LG’s LED TVs. LG isn’t going into details about supported HDR formats, however. The press release mentions “HDR600,” which could just be the company’s own term for a monitor with 600 nits peak brightness, but may refer to the new DisplayHDR certification that does include a “DisplayHDR 600” tier.

If 16:9 isn’t wide enough for you, LG is also announcing the ridiculous sounding 34WK95U, a “5K ultrawide” version of the 32UK950. That resolution needs explaining a bit — it’s 5120 x 2160, meaning it has the same vertical pixel count as LG’s 4K monitors rather than representing a 21:9 extension of LG’s 5K iMac or UltraFine panels. As such, “4K ultrawide” might be the more accurate description, as with conventional 1440p and 1080p ultrawides.

Still, 4K ultrawides basically don’t exist right now, so this is probably still going to be a heck of a thing to witness — and the Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is particularly nice if your laptop supports it, since you’ll only need a single cable to hook up the monitor and stay charged.

LG will also have a new 1440p G-Sync monitor in tow at CES. No details on price or release date for any of these, but hopefully that’ll happen in Vegas.

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