One of the interesting elements in the new wave of monitor technologies is the types of ideas that panel manufacturers are coming up with. In the enterprise space, custom display configurations occur more frequently than we might expect, but for consumers there tends to be a line of standardization. Samsung, being vertically integrated, gives them the opportunity to experiment more than most. Even then, as a reviewer in the industry, one develops certain expectations of what might be coming in the future. Consider me stumped, as TFTCentral has delved into Samsung’s upcoming roadmaps and panel production schedules to pull out one or two surprises.

49-inch 3840x1080, or ‘Double Full-HD / DFHD’

For readers on the leading-edge of monitor configurations, ultra-wide displays in the 21:9 aspect ratio have been on the radar for about two years. These are monitors that have a 2560x1080 display, stretching the horizontal dimension of a standard 1920x1080 Full-HD monitor and make it easier to display modern cinema widescreen format content with less black bars. They are also claimed to assist with peripheral vision when gaming beyond a standard 1920x1080 display, or when curved, help with immersive content.

So chalk up some surprise when we hear that Samsung has an even wider format panel in the works. 3840x1080 represents a 32:9 aspect ratio, and the report states that this will be a VA panel with 1800R curvature and a 3-side frameless design. Putting that many pixels in a large display gives a relatively low 81.41 PPI. This panel will be part of Samsung’s ‘Grand Circle’ format, and by supporting up to 144 Hz it is expected that variants of this panel will be included with FreeSync/GSYNC technologies.  One figure to note would be the contrast ratio – 5000:1 (static), which TFTCentral states is higher than current Samsung VA panels.

44-inch 3840x1200

This panel is the equivalent two 24.7-inch 1920x1200 screens put side-by-side, and indicates which market Samsung would be aiming for. The specifications seem to be almost identical to the 3840x1080 panel, such as 1800R curvature, but in a 29:9 aspect ratio with 60 Hz and 144 Hz variants. Pixel density is slightly higher than the other panel too, given the higher resolution and lower diagonal, which gives 91.41 PPI. TFTCentral is listing these panels as having an 8-bit color depth (no word on FRC), and likely to be qualified on some amount of sRGB. Other numbers, such as brightness and response time, are still unknown.

An amusing aside, for any users looking for a 16:10 display, something like two of these stacked on top of each other might be suitable (albeit massive) if these panels also offer a 3-side borderless configuration. I know Ryan has been after a decent 3840x2400 display, but given our discussions with monitor manufacturers, there seems to be no 16:10 demand from consumers.

A bad mockup of two non-curved 16:10 displays

So while these two panels aren’t official announcements (they don't even have official part numbers yet), and production will depend on how well these technologies scale. But by virtue of being on roadmaps and panel lists it is clear that Samsung has at least been doing research towards some wider aspect ratio displays. Information from TFTCentral is claiming mass production for both of these panels in September 2017, which means we might see some early announcements for retail-grade panels at Computex in June, or at IFA at the end of August with some pre-production run models. Full retail then might happen in the second half of the year, or along with further announcements at CES in January. 

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Source: TFTCentral

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  • LiquidSilverZ - Thursday, April 6, 2017 - link

    Therein lies the problem. A computer monitor is used for far more than TV. Extra screen real estate is always preferred for computer use.
  • Samus - Friday, April 7, 2017 - link

    Feels like a missed opportunity to make a 27-30" 29:9 aspect ratio monitor if they are already building s controller and ramping up production of the panels. You can make 5 27" panels out of 2 44" uncut panels, and charge virtually the same amount of money.
  • toomanylogins - Friday, April 7, 2017 - link

    "there seems to be no 16:10 demand from consumers."

    This is a new is completely without foundation. Just go on eBay and check the price of secondhand 16:10 1920*1200 monitors and you will see that three year old versions are going for a higher price than new 1080p (at least in europe). The resolution is not a question of pixel size by physical dimensions. As the pixel density increases the physical dimension shrink this makes it difficult to work with fonts and readability. The current trend to make websites readable on mobile is led to a general increase in the font size to 12-14pt where is the newspaper is generally 10pt. increasing the resolution does not solve the problem of business users. As someone who's longsighted the extra height is invaluable trying to read text on 1080p is painful nothing but scrolling up and down.

    If you use computers for work as I do there is no restriction on the height of office ceiling but there is a restriction on the width of a desk therefore I would like to see 2 1080p monitors seamlessly stacked on top of each other. This would enable users to display A4 pages without scrolling. It would probably help with the RSI is well.
  • SkyBill40 - Saturday, April 8, 2017 - link

    Really? I've got a very nice Samsung SyncMaster 245BW in 1920*1200 I apparently should think about selling then seeing that I'm in the market for something newer.
  • madwolfa - Friday, April 7, 2017 - link

    When will the curved fad die?
  • grant3 - Friday, April 7, 2017 - link

    Curved displays isn't a "fad" it's a technological improvement, and it's not going away.

    Go into any office with dual-monitor setups, and you will see every pair is set at an angle.
  • Tylanner - Friday, April 7, 2017 - link

    For me to be interested in this they need to first stop making such great 4k 60hz HDTVs....we are seeing a display convergence....but of course gaming aficionados will always demand more Hz.
  • Morawka - Saturday, April 8, 2017 - link

    THANK YOU SAMSUNG for that extra vertical space.. I hope games build this into their settings.

    samsung is on top of their game and listening to what customers want for once.
  • AnnonymousCoward - Sunday, April 9, 2017 - link

    Is Samsung also investing in 40" 4K at high fps?? That's better than this 32:9 crap.
  • ahadali1 - Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - link

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