CES 2017: Dell Announces UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor

Subject: Displays | January 5, 2017 - 11:30 PM |
Tagged: UP3218K, ultrasharp, monitor, display, CES 2017, CES, 8k

Dell has announced the UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor (model UP3218K), which is outfitted with a 7680 x 4320 resolution panel and offers 1.07 billion colors (10-bit) with 100% sRGB and Adobe RGB coverage.

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The Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor (image credit: Dell via 9to5 Mac)

"With our new UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K Monitor (UP3218K), we’re pushing the boundaries of innovation to feature four times more content than Ultra HD 4K resolution and 16 times more content than Full HD in addition to 33.2 million pixels of resolution compared to a 5K monitor’s 14 million pixels of resolution. The new UP3218K offers breakthrough realism with the finest details and color-critical performance for a truly transcendent visual experience thanks to Dell PremierColor, which offers 1.07 billion colors and 100 percent Adobe RGB and 100 percent sRGB, and an unprecedented 280 ppi to view most images in native format. Feast your eyes!"

The blog post on Dell.com does not offer full specifications for the UP3218K, but there should be an official product page up in the near future as Dell announced a release date of March 23. The price? $4,999.

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Source: Dell

January 5, 2017 | 11:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It would be nice to have that kind of work pixel density, but that is a steep price. A 32 inch 4K display is only about 138 ppi, I guess. I have a 30 inch dell ultra sharp at 2560x1600, with probably less than 100 ppi. It looks great for images but text doesn't look that good. Perhaps I have gotten used to cell phones with 300 to 400 ppi.

January 6, 2017 | 12:03 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I may be mistaken but I don't think there are any gpus that can output 8k.

January 6, 2017 | 12:21 AM - Posted by CNote

The 10 series has 8k as its max resolution

January 6, 2017 | 12:38 AM - Posted by Arc (not verified)

When I was first looking at 4K it was $5000, now they can be had in walmart for $450, probably cheaper online.

I'll do the same with 8K. I would love to have an 8K panel since I spend a lot of time in Photoshop, reading blogs, etc

January 6, 2017 | 03:21 PM - Posted by BlackDove (not verified)

The problem is that NO consumer 4k or 8k monitors support the color gamut specified by the REAL 4k and 8k standard, which is Rec.2020 and much larger than Adobe RGB.

High resolution screens with terrible color are cheap. The ones that have good color require a good backlight(not WLED like most monitors use).

Ill wait until there is a monitor that supports Rec.2020 before going higher resolution than 2560x1600.

January 6, 2017 | 12:39 AM - Posted by ThatTechGuy

In November of 2015, I bought a car (that's still working fine by the way), a 2006 model no less, for $5400. The point? This monitor is about as much as a decent car.

January 6, 2017 | 12:49 AM - Posted by PixyMisa

If you're working in 8k digital film, you're looking at a minimum of $30k for a bare camera (before lenses, mount, storage etc), so $5k for a monitor won't make you blink.

For us normal folk, 4k took less than 18 months to go from $3299 to $499. My $499 4k monitor isn't as nice as those $3299 ones, but it suits my needs just fine.

January 6, 2017 | 03:23 PM - Posted by BlackDove (not verified)

Youll also need a Sony or Dolby monitor to do any broadcast level grading, and those are about $20,000-50,000.

January 6, 2017 | 12:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

8k? 4k hasn't bloomed as yet so why the rush.

January 6, 2017 | 12:56 AM - Posted by PixyMisa

Film industry. 6k and 8k digital cameras replace 35mm film with no loss of quality, but there were no monitors available at all that could edit the video at native resolution. Film and visual effect houses will snap these up.

January 6, 2017 | 10:22 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

"No loss in quality"? I hope that you DO know that most films are usually shot in 32K and then downscaled to "peasantry res for ignorant masses"? And it's been so for a very long time. Professional film-maker equipment is NOT "yours ordinary consumerist-level camera", big studios' equipment is basically akin to the advanced technologies that military uses/tests. Remember, military was using GPS SEVERAL DECADES before it became available for an average consumer and turned into a mainstream thing.

January 6, 2017 | 01:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Bullshit. Films will generally be shot in 4K or more recently 8K, and mastered at 4K or 2K depending on budget (CGI res is expensive yo). And for the most part distributed in 4K max (no DCI standard for 8K yet). '32K' is not a thing that actually exists.

As for GPS, also bullshit. The first consumer GPS receivers launched in 1989 along with the launch of the first GPS satellites (the first receivers even included availability schedulers due to the incomplete satellite constellation).

January 7, 2017 | 11:10 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

No, modern movies are shot in WAAAY more higher resolutions than you think. They just get downscaled to 1080p/4K/8K LATER, during the post-processing period.

January 6, 2017 | 01:21 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Good luck with Windows scaling on that thing.

January 6, 2017 | 10:16 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Who cares? I have an eagle-precise eyesight and I can work just fine even with 100% scaling while on Windows 7 (not even 8 or 10) and with 4K 27", so I highly doubt that 8K at 32" will be of any problem for me personally. And, besides...ALL DAT SPACE FOR SHORTCUT ICONS...

January 6, 2017 | 01:37 AM - Posted by Funkatronis

Man this is cool looking but there was a 4K OLED that was supposed to drop last year in March for 5,000 and it never dropped. Dell couldn't launch that now at 5,000 and its sight unseen.

Unless Ryan can get them to talk about it.

January 6, 2017 | 02:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What kind of hardware would it take to run Crysis 3 or the Witcher 3 with all settings maxed with this monitor?

I am not sure a Titan XP sli setup would get you playable frames at this resolution in most AAA titles.

January 6, 2017 | 03:26 AM - Posted by CNote

Sounds like challenge for Linus

January 6, 2017 | 03:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Linus cracks me up. He put copper pipe up a tree and was pouring salt into in an attempt to bend it and make a PC cooler.

January 6, 2017 | 03:30 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You can run the game at a lower resolution and have it just scale to fit (Aspect).

January 6, 2017 | 04:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does this technically support HDR? 10-bit color support is only part of HDR; I assume that it would need to suppory HRD metadata also. It is still a bit unclear to me what it will take to support HDR on computer displays. I thought that UWP applications run essentially in a windowed mode, even when full screen. It his seems like it would require support for HDR on the desktop; how will this work?

January 6, 2017 | 10:13 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

It's 1300:1, so it's pretty clearly an IPS/AHVA and hence not an HDR-capable product.

January 6, 2017 | 10:49 AM - Posted by Aguero (not verified)

Asus' upcoming 4K 144 Hz HDR monitor uses IPS tech. It can show HDR just fine. LG got loads of IPS TV's with HDR support too.

Even a TN panel would benefit from HDR, but they are limited to 6+2 bit

January 7, 2017 | 03:58 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Linus in the latest WAN Show has confirmed that this 8K of Dell's is NOT capable of HDR, so...I told ya so.

January 6, 2017 | 06:50 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Dat 960 character wide framebuffer terminal. :o

January 6, 2017 | 10:12 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

MUH Planet Escape Tournament in 8K. Cannot friggin' wait.

January 6, 2017 | 10:50 AM - Posted by Aguero (not verified)

I have preordered 3 for triple setup

January 6, 2017 | 01:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

DO WANT.

"The price? $4,999."

SLIGHTLY DIMINISHED LEVELS OF WANT.

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