Acer has just joined the Large Format Gaming Display (LFGD) game with its new Predator CG437K P available in the US for $1499.
The new Acer Predator CG437K P is a larger-than-life 43-inch monitor with a native 4K resolution, so we're looking at 3840 x 2160, with a super-fast 144Hz refresh rate. Acer is also providing DisplayHDR 1000 certification on its VA panel, with the native 120Hz refresh overclockable to 144Hz.
Acer supports both NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync/Adaptive Sync with the Predator CG437K P, with G-SYNC supported over the DisplayPort cable while Adaptive Sync/FreeSync is offered over the HDMI connection if you want to plug in an Xbox One console.
LG promised NVIDIA G-Sync support to its line of OLED TVs not too long ago, and the time has finally come. LG will begin pushing out firmware updates to certain TVs in its range, starting with this year's E9, C9, and B9 models, enabling G-Sync goodness.
If you're an LG OLED TV owner of the E9 range (55/65 inches), the C9 range (55/65/77 inches) or the B9 models (55/65 inches) then you will get your firmware updates starting in the coming days. You'll need to be in the US for the first wave of firmware updates, but then the full roll out begins in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East before 2019 wraps up.
LG has also promised that the new firmware will also reduce flicker, tearing, and stuttering when gaming on your OLED TV with your PC. LG's new G-Sync firmware for its OLED TVs is limited to just the GeForce RTX and GTX 16 series graphics cards.
AOC has just unveiled its latest AG273QX flat panel (no curve) gaming monitor, with a 27-inch VA panel rocking a native 2560 x 1440 at 165Hz with FreeSync 2 on top.
AOC has a 1ms response time on the new monitor, which is nothing really new these days -- but the 1440p 165Hz FreeSync 2 is something worth talking about. The new AOC AG273QX gaming monitor has AMD FreeSync 2, which delivers HDR 400 support.
The inclusion of FreeSync 2 means that we have low-latency HDR tone mapping and LFC (Low Framerate Compensation). The frameless design is another nice touch, as you could have 3 of these side-by-side for some triple-monitor gaming fun.
Xiaomi has just stepped into the gaming monitor market with its new Mi Surface Display, a new 34-inch UltraWide gaming monitor with native 3440x1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate.
The Chinese giant has unveiled not just one but two new Mi Surface Displays with the 34-inch model joined by a 24-inch 1080p model. The larger 21:9 UltraWide monitor has a 1500R curvature, with its 144Hz refresh rate smoothed out even more with AMD FreeSync and 4ms (GtG) response time.
Xiaomi is using super-thin bezels on its 34-inch UltraWide gaming display, with around 2mm bezels used and a stand that is has height adjustment and tilt abilities. We should hopefully find both DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity, but Xiaomi is a little skinny on the details in that department, at least for now.
OnePlus is known for its smartphones but now the company has just unveiled its first TV -- the new 55 Q1 Pro, which is a 55-inch 4K HDR-capable QLED TV.
The new OnePlus 55 Q1 Pro features a VA panel with slim bezels, an 8-speaker module is found running along most of the TV and slides down from behind the display and sits just below it. A nice touch from OnePlus.
OnePlus's new TV is powered by Android which means you'll have access to a bunch of different apps and services directly on the 55 Q1 Pro, as well as a voice-capable remote that has a multi-direction button, and a shortcut to Amazon Prime Video.
Sony teased it's gigantic bus-sized 16K TV earlier this year, and has now unleashed it to consumers -- uber-rich consumers, as it could cost millions of dollars.
LG has a cheaper 88-inch 8K OLED that 'only' costs $30,000 but if you really wanted to show off then you'll spend up to $5 million on Sony's gigantic, and superior 16K TV.
Sony is using Crystal LED technology that uses micro LED modules, each 16x8 inches at 360x360 resolution and 3 small LEDs per pixel. This allows for a very bright 1000 nits of brightness, 10 bit grayscale, superior color reproduction (140% of sRGB) and what Sony says is "spectacular" 3D.
Thanks to the modular tech, Sony can provide various sizes that span in 4 different sizes and resolutions:
- 1080p - 18 modules at 8 feet wide
- 4K - 72 modules at 16 feet wide
- 8K - 288 modules at 18 feet wide
- 16K - 576 modules at 63 feet wide (!!!)
LG has announced its larger-than-life (and most wallets) 88-inch 8K OLED and 75-inch 8K LED smart TVs are available in some US retailers priced at $29,999 and $4999, respectively.
The flagship OLED88Z9 is the largest OLED TV ever made coming in at a huge 88 inches, perfect for that 8K resolution -- it's a far cry from the smaller 75-inch 8K NanoCell TV, but those 13 inches are going to cost you another $25K. Remember the 88-inch is also a beautiful OLED panel while the 75-inch model is 'just' LED.
LG is reinforcing that it has a "true 8K" TV in that it has worked with the International Committee for Display Metrology (ICDM) to make sure its 8K TVs meet their strict minimum standards. I went into detail on that here, but a TL;DR version is that LG has a "true 8K" TV and its competitors do not.
GIGABYTE has just released its new AORUS CV27Q Tactical Gaming Monitor, if you couldn't already tell from the name its their new gaming display.
The new AORUS CV27Q features a 27-inch 1500R curved 8-bit VA panel offering 2560 x 1440 at 165Hz with a 1ms response time, with GIGABYTE adding that it covers 95% of the DCI-P3 color space.
One of the big bonuses here with the AORUS CV27Q Tactical Gaming Monitor is that you have AMD FreeSync HDR technology, but it is also NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible. This means you can have an NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon series graphics card and still tap the adaptive refresh tech in the AORUS CV27Q.
GIGABYTE is including its own "secret sauce" in the new AORUS CV27Q in its Black Equalizer 2.0 technology, something that divides the screen into 1296 sub areas and equalizes each sub area individually. This means you'll get beautiful black areas, all without overexposing the bright areas.
MSI is ready to launch its new PS341WU Prestige monitor, with a 34-inch panel offering 5120 x 2160 (5K wide, 4K high -- so not quite 5K which is 2880 wide) at 60Hz.
We have a native 5120 x 2160 @ 60Hz providing a 21:9 aspect ratio, with a 5ms response time and 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, as well as 100% sRGB. MSI is even including DisplayHDR 600 certification, which will provide some great HDR content.
MSI uses an anti-glare Nano IPS panel, and on the back provides 1 x DisplayPort and 2 x HDMI inputs, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-B, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a mic in and an audio jack combo. The new PS341WU Prestige monitor is targeting creatives, with its slick white design and premium color.
5G is already exciting on its own, and the same goes for 8K -- but the world's of super-fast internet connectivity and ridiculous amounts of pixels are being joined.
Samsung has announced a new partnership with SK Telecom in which the two companies will develop, and commercialize the world's first 8K-5G TV. Huawei has teased it would announce the world's first 8K-5G TV later this year, so it looks like the race is on between Samsung and Huawei right now.
Park Jin-hyo, Chief Technology Officer and Head of ICT R&D Center at SK Telecom explains: "The 5G-8K TV is the culmination of ultra-low latency 5G networks combined with ultra-high definition TV technology. 5G technology will help make the world of hyper media a reality".