The three biggest monitor panel manufacturers LG, Samsung, and AU Optronics have revealed what they have planned for 2018 and 2019. The improvements include bigger panels, higher resolutions, higher refresh rates, faster response times, and many more cool upgrades.
Here’s what you can expect from each panel manufacturer. Keep in mind that the dates below imply when the said panel should go into mass production and that these dates may change.
- November 2018: Updated the article. Some release dates have been pushed back, some of them due to certain panel changes.
Also, new panels have been announced. The most interesting new panels include the 27″ 1440p 165Hz 1ms (GtG) IPS and 1080p 240Hz 1ms (GtG) IPS models by LG as well as the 25″ and 27″ 144Hz/240Hz IPS models by AUO.
- October 2018: Added the Dell U49149W (LG IPS panel)
Samsung is primarily focusing on their big ultra-wide VA panel displays.
In Q3 2018, Samsung revealed a 49-inch 5120×1440 ultra-wide curved monitor – the Samsung 499P9H. There will likely be both a 120Hz model for gaming and a 60Hz model for business purposes.
At the same time, they announced a 43-inch curved VA model with a 3840×1200 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate dubbed as the Samsung C43J89.
In addition, Samsung plans to improve their popular 34-inch 3440×1440 100Hz VA gaming monitors by kicking them up a notch to 144Hz.
Lastly, Samsung is working on 31.5-inch curved VA panels with a 3,000:1 static contrast ratio and 4K resolution. There will be 60Hz and 120Hz models.
|Samsung VA Panel||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|49” 5120×1440 120Hz Curved||Q4 2018||Samsung 499P9H|
|43” 3840×1200 120Hz Curved||Q4 2018||Samsung C43J89|
|34” 3440×1440 144Hz Curved||Q4 2018||N/A|
|32” 4K 120Hz Curved||Q2 2019||N/A|
|32” 4K 60Hz Curved||Q4 2018||N/A|
|27″ 1440p HDR600||Q1 2019||N/A|
|24″ 1920×1200 HDR400||Q1 2019||N/A|
|24″ 1920×1200 HDR600||Q1 2019||N/A|
|31.5″ 1440p 60Hz Curved||Q1 2019||N/A|
|31.5″ 1440p 165Hz Curved||Q1 2019||N/A|
They also make professional-grade displays for color-critical work. Already in mass production are 27-inch and 32-inch IPS monitors with 4K resolution, 60Hz, and 8-bit + FRC color depth support with 99% Adobe RGB color gamut.
Scheduled for Q1 2019 is an updated version of the 32-inch model mentioned above with a wider 90% DCI-P3 color gamut and VESA HDR 600-certified HDR support.
|AUO IPS Panels||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|27” 4K 60Hz 99% Adobe RGB||N/A||N/A|
|32” 4K 60Hz 99% Adobe RGB||N/A||N/A|
|32” 4K 60Hz 90% DCI-P3||Q1 2019||N/A|
Furthermore, AUO plans on improving the picture quality of their displays by replacing the imperfect full-array local dimming (FALD) system with the impeccable mini-LED technology which would allow for more backlight-controlling zones.
In fact, their first display with mini-LED backlight should be a 32-inch IPS display with 4K resolution, 600-nit peak brightness (over 1000-nit for HDR), and true 10-bit color support with 99% Adobe RGB gamut.
The monitor will be available in both 60Hz and 144Hz (likely 8-bit + FRC) variants.
This model should have over 1,000 dedicated backlight zones for a far superior performance than full-array local dimming. The mass production is scheduled for Q1 2019 though it will likely be postponed due to the mini-LED technology development.
In addition, there’ll be a cheaper 27″ 4K UHD alternative with less than 1,000 backlight zones which is still more effective than 384-zone FALD. This model is expected in Q2 2019.
|AUO Mini-LED Panel||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|32” 4K IPS||Q1 2019||N/A|
|27” 4K IPS||Q2 2019||N/A|
AUO TN Panels
In addition to the already available 1080p 240Hz gaming monitors, AUO plans to introduce 27-inch 1440p 240Hz models based on a TN panel with 400-nit peak brightness and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut sometime in future.
What’s more, AUO plans to increase the response time speed of their TN panels from 5ms to 3ms – that’s before overdrive is applied. Ultimately, this amounts to a 0.5ms response time speed as opposed to the standard 1ms for TN panels.
New 24.5-inch and 27-inch 1080p 240Hz models will also be available with the faster 0.5ms response time speed as well while the rest of the specs will remain the same such as the 400-nit peak brightness and the sRGB color gamut.
|AUO TN Panels||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|27” 1440p 240Hz||Q4 2018||N/A|
|25” 1080p 144Hz 0.5ms||Q4 2018||ASUS VG258QR|
|25” 1080p 240Hz 0.5ms||Q4 2018||N/A|
|27” 1080p 240Hz 0.5ms||Q4 2018||N/A|
AUO IPS Panels
Besides the long-awaited 4K 144Hz gaming monitors with G-SYNC HDR and FALD, gamers will now be able to opt for the non-FALD models which should be significantly cheaper. These 4K 144Hz HDR displays with 400-nit brightness and 90% DCI-P3 color range are to go into mass production in Q4 2018.
Though there was some speculation about 32″ models of the already-available 27″ 4K 144Hz G-SYNC HDR FALD monitors, there’s still no official confirmation about this.
Moving on, AUO also has a 27″ 1440p 165Hz IPS panel in the works.
Probably the most exciting news is that there will finally be 144Hz 1080p and 240Hz 1080p models with an IPS panel. So far, 1080p 144Hz is only available on TN and VA panels while 240Hz is only available on TN panels.
There will be 1080p 144Hz IPS displays with the sRGB color gamut as well as 1080p 240Hz IPS models with a wider 90% DCI-P3 color space. Both variants will be available in 24.5″ and 27″ sizes.
|AUO IPS Panels||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|27” 4K 144Hz HDR||Q4 2018||Acer Nitro XV273K|
|27” 4K 144Hz HDR||Q4 2018||Acer Nitro XV273K|
|24.5″ 1080p 144Hz||Q1 2019||N/A|
|27″ 1080p 144Hz||Q2 2019||ASUS VG279Q|
|24.5″ 1080p 240Hz||Q1 2019||N/A|
|27″ 1080p 240Hz||Q2 2019||N/A|
AUO VA Panels
The already known Acer X35 and ASUS PG35VQ 3440×1440 200Hz G-SYNC HDR gaming monitors with 512-zone FALD backlighting should (hopefully) start with mass production in Q4 2018.
AUO also plans to introduce a new 43-inch VA panel display with 4K resolution, 400-nit peak brightness, and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut. It should be available as a 60Hz and as a 144Hz model.
In addition, AUO announced the BFGD (Big Format Gaming Displays) 65-inch VA displays with 4K, 144Hz, HDR, 95% DCI-P3, 700-nit peak brightness (1,000-nit for HDR), and 384-zone FALD.
There will also be 43″ BFGD models with the same specs, available in HDR600 and HDR1000 variants.
Lastly, AUO also plans 1080p 200Hz VA panels in both 27″ and 32″ screen sizes.
|AUO VA Panels||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|35” 3440×1440 200Hz FALD-HDR||Q4 2018||Acer Predator X35|
|35” 3440×1440 200Hz FALD-HDR||Q4 2018||ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ|
|43”4K 60Hz 90% DCI-P3||N/A||N/A|
|43”4K 144Hz 90% DCI-P3||N/A||N/A|
|65” 4K 144Hz FALD-HDR||Q4 2018||HP Omen X 65 BFGD|
Acer Predator 65 BFGD
ASUS ROG Swift PG65 BFGD
|43” 4K 144Hz FALD-HDR600||Q4 2018||N/A|
|43” 4K 144Hz FALD-HDR1000||Q4 2018||N/A|
|27″ 1080p 200Hz||Q4 2018||N/A|
|32″ 1080p 200Hz||Q1 2019||N/A|
LG boasts their Nano-IPS technology which covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and 135% sRGB which is meant to combat Samsung’s rivaling quantum-dot technology with 95% DCI-P3 and 125% sRGB.
Additionally, LG plans to improve the response time overdrive in their IPS panels with the goal to bring the standard 5ms (GtG) to 1ms (GtG).
Next, they are working on the Crystal Sound Display technology which basically consists of built-in speakers that output sound throughout the entire screen.
Audio specs include 200Hz – 20KHz frequency range and 75dB @ 50cm sound pressure. The first monitor with this audio technology should be a 34-inch 1440p ultrawide display scheduled for Q4 2018.
Moreover, LG plans to make ‘real borderless’ displays. Unlike the regular “ultra-thin bezel” monitors which may have narrow bezels, but have a black border around the screen, LG wants to completely remove the black edges making the image edge-to-edge. This first display with this design should be available in Q4 2019 though.
Nano IPS Panels
LG’s LM315WR2 panel will bring users the wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut, a 1,300:1 static contrast ratio, 450-nit peak brightness (750-nit for HDR), and 4K Ultra HD resolution. A 27-inch model with the same specs will also be available in Q1 2019.
In Q3 2018, the LM340RW1 panel will be available in a 34-inch ultra-wide model with 5120×2160 screen resolution, a 600-nit peak brightness, DCI-P3 color gamut, and VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification.
|LG Nano IPS Panels||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|32” 4K 98% DCI-P3 HDR||Q1 2019||N/A|
|27” 4K 98% DCI-P3 HDR||Q1 2019||N/A|
|34” 5120×2160 HDR||Q3 2018||LG 34WK95U|
LG also plans to release gaming monitors with a faster 1ms (GtG) response time speed including 27″ 1440p 165Hz (Q2 2019), 27″ 1080p 240Hz (Q3 2019), 27″ 4K 144Hz (Q4 2019) models as well as a 37.5-inch 3840×1600 model with a 144Hz refresh rate, VESA DisplayHDR 600, 98% DCI-P3, 1ms GtG response time, and 2300R curvature in Q2 2019.
In Q3 2018, LG announced a 34-inch 3440×1440 ultra-wide gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, VESA HDR 400, and 1900R curvature. There will also be a G-SYNC version but without HDR and with a 120Hz max refresh rate.
|LG Nano IPS Gaming Panels||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|27” 1440p 165Hz 1ms||Q2 2019||N/A|
|27” 1080p 240Hz 1ms||Q3 2019||N/A|
|27” 4K 144Hz 1ms||Q4 2019||N/A|
|38” 3840×1600 144Hz 1ms HDR Curved||Q2 2019||N/A|
|34” 3440×1440 144Hz HDR||Q4 2018||LG 34GK950F|
|34” 3440×1440 120Hz G-SYNC||Q4 2018||LG 34GK950G|
In order to rival Samsung’s super ultra-wide models, LG is preparing a 49-inch 5120×1440 32:9 monitor with an IPS panel and a subtle 3800R curvature for mass production in Q3 2018.
There should also be a 144Hz model available in Q4 2019.
Finally, LG has a 31.5″ 4K IPS monitor in the works which will support VESA DisplayHDR 1000 and a wide BT.2020 color space coverage.
|LG IPS Panel||Expected Release Date||Monitor Name|
|49” 5120×1440 Curved||Q4 2018||Dell U4919DW|
|49” 5120×1440 144Hz Curved||Q4 2019||N/A|
|31.5″ 4K HDR1000 BT2020||Q4 2019||N/A|
That’s it! These are the panels which will be featured in the upcoming monitors; stay tuned as we will be editing this article as soon as something new comes up.
Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.