Asus developing a 39-inch UHD monitor

Still in prototype phase, this 39-incher is the larger version of the 32-inch Asus PQ321 announced at Computex.

Asus' 39-inch prototype UHD monitor. Philip Wong/CNET

TAIPEI -- Size matters for a display, and this Asus monitor caught our attention with its huge 39-inch screen size. Spotted at the company's Computex booth, this panel also features an ultra high-definition (UHD) resolution packing 3,840x2,160 pixels. However, it's still in prototype stage and will not be ready until early next year.

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There are limited details about this 39-incher, except that it is based on a VA-type LCD panel and comes with both HDMI and DisplayPort ports.

Meanwhile, we also caught a glimpse of the upcoming Asus PQ321. This 31.5-inch model is launching next month in the U.S. and will retail for between US$3,800 and US$4,000. It is expected to be available worldwide thereafter.

Asus PQ321. Philip Wong/CNET

While the PQ321 loses out on the immersive viewing experience of a bigger screen, this is actually offset by a higher-performance IGZO panel. IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) screens are supposed to deliver more natural images and better power-efficiency, according to Sharp, which is one of developers of this technology. The 10-bit version used by the PQ321 can also reproduce up to 1 billion different colors.

Other key specifications include picture-in-picture support, as well as 4K video signal handling at 60 frames-per-second via a single DisplayPort cable.

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    Philip Wong is an A/V, PC, photography and gaming enthusiast. Besides spending countless days and late nights fiddling with his home theater system and watercooled PC, he also hits the roads frequently on his iron horse to sweat it out. Now, who says geeks don't work out?


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