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Display vendors to ramp up 5K monitor production in 2015

by Ryan Martin on 28 November 2014, 12:40

Tags: LG Display, Dell (NASDAQ:DELL), Philips (AMS:PHIA)

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The release of Apple's latest iMac with a Retina 5K display has raised awareness of 5K panels among consumers. Industry analysts Digitimes report that display vendors are planning to ramp up production of 5K panels next year in response to this. Like their 4K counterparts these latest 5K displays will be a focus for display vendors because of the higher profit margins that can be exploited.

Philips is said to be at the forefront of 5K monitor opportunities, coming to market with the most models, while LG Display are expected to be the largest producer of 5K panels in 2015. The high-end display market is expected to have fierce competition as 4K and 5K displays will be competing directly in the same segment. Already this year we've heard of Dell's plans to release a sub-$2000 5K UltraSharp monitor but expect the frequency of 5K monitor announcements to rise as 2015 nears.

Dell's UP2715K UltraSharp '5K' monitor

While exciting news for consumers and enthusiasts demanding the latest technology, this move towards 5K is more like a survival strategy for display vendors in a continually declining market. Digitimes data reveals that the bulk of the Taiwanese display market is centred around small low-cost 19.5-in, 21.5-in and 23-23.6-in models holding 15, 40 and 15 per cent market share respectively. At a global level monitor shipments are expected to fall from 136 million this year to 132 million in 2015 and 128 million in 2017.

The biggest markets for these new 5,120 x 2,880 panels are expected to be the business and commercial sectors as well as high-end PC gamers. One thing is for sure; a lot of pixel-pushing power is going to be needed to get playable frame-rates at such a high resolution.

 



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For me, I don't see the point of anything beyond 4k.

2.5k on a 30“ in front of me is more than enough. 4k is the effective resolution of 35mm film, so I can see there is room to experience the difference on some material (once they start remastering everything AGAIN), at least as long as you have a gigantic TV (70”+) or you sit with your nose touching the screen.
One thing is for sure; a lot of pixel-pushing power is going to be needed to get playable frame-rates at such a high resolution.

The power consumption is already high to get a stable 30FPS or more in 4K, now with 5K more energy efficient hardware should be required for better FPS.
shaithis
For me, I don't see the point of anything beyond 4k.

2.5k on a 30“ in front of me is more than enough. 4k is the effective resolution of 35mm film, so I can see there is room to experience the difference on some material (once they start remastering everything AGAIN), at least as long as you have a gigantic TV (70”+) or you sit with your nose touching the screen.

Video editing. Being able to have 4k footage at it's native size with room for timelines/toolbars etc is a use case I can see working well.
Can't wait for 5k to arrive…..so I can pick up a bargain 4k :)
I thought someone had prototyped an 8K monitor already, though?

I don't get why we have the likes of 720p, 1080p and 1440p, but we're now talking 4 and 5K when they're more accurately 2160p and 2880p… It's not like we need a fancy marketing buzz-term for them.

The 4K stuff I've seen has looked great and I love how the TVs are insanely expensive, while the monitors are a few hundred quid - I only watch films on my PC anyway, so I'm happy with that… though I'd be even happier if I actually owned one, I expect!

I worry that the game textures required to meet 4K and above will mean games are insanely large, taking weeks to download on my 0.5Mbps connection and that games will look awfully unrealistic because they will be in sharper levels of focus and detail than my eyes normally see in real life!
Then again, we're still playing silly head-bobbing, motion-blurring games…

I guess ultimately, I don't and won't properly care until such tech is in the shops and at least vaguely within my budget! :D