Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q: 31.5-inch 4K Monitor with 99.5% Adobe RGB

Subject: Displays | October 3, 2015 - 09:12 PM |
Tagged: UP3216Q, ultrasharp, UHD, monitor, ips, HDMI 2.0, display, dell, calibration, Adobe RGB, 4k

While not officially launched in the U.S. just yet, on Thursday Tom's Hardware reported news of a trio of upcoming UltraSharp monitors from Dell, the largest of which - the UP3216Q - I was able to locate on Dell's Bermuda site.

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For anyone looking for a 4K display for photo or video editing (or any other color critical work) the new Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q looks like a great - and likely very pricey - option. Just how much are we talking? The existing 31.5-inch 4K UP3214Q carries a $1999 MSRP (though it sells for $1879 on Dell's site). For this kind of money there are probably those who will never consider a 16:9 option (or ever give up their 16:10 30-inch displays), but the specifications of this new UP3216Q are impressive:

  • Diagonal Viewing Size: 31.5 inch
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16:9)
  • Panel Type, Surface: In-Plane Switching
  • Optimal resolution: 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
  • Active Display Area (H x V): 273,996 sq-mm (424.7 sq-inches)
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000 to 1 (typical), 2 Million to 1 (dynamic)
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2 (typical)
  • Response Time: 6ms fast mode . GTG
  • Viewing Angle: 178° vertical / 178° horizontal
  • Adjustability: Tilt, Swivel, Height Adjust
  • Color Support: 1.07 billion colors
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.182 mm
  • Backlight Technology: LED light bar system
  • Display Screen Coating: Anti-Glare with 3H hardness
  • Connectivity: DP, mDP, HDMI (MHL), 4 x USB3 with one charging port, 1 x USB3 upstream, Media Card Reader

With the 60 Hz 4K (UHD) IPS panel offering full sRGB and 99.5% Adobe RGB, and a factory calibration that promises to be factory color calibrated with a deltaE of less than 2, the UP3214Q sounds pretty much ready to go out of the box. However for those inclined to strive for a more perfect calibration Dell is offering an X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter as an optional accessory, providing their own Dell UltraSharp Color Calibration Solution software.

A couple of points of interest with this monitor, while it offers DisplayPort and mini-DP inputs it also supports 4K 60 Hz via HDMI 2.0. Color support is also listed as 1.07 billion colors, but it's not specified whether this indicates a 10-bit panel or if they are implementing 10-bit color processing with an 8-bit panel - though if it's in the $2k price range it would probably safe to assume this is a 10-bit panel. Lastly, in keeping with the UltraSharp branding the monitor will also carry Dell's Premium Panel Guarantee and 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service warranty.

Source: Dell

October 4, 2015 | 12:52 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

TV, movies, otherwise... why?

I don't care what kind of work you do print or online, that kind of color calibration is lost the second it leaves your color calibrated screen.

October 4, 2015 | 05:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I don't think you know how a fully color calibrated workflow works...

December 22, 2015 | 04:18 PM - Posted by Colour Managed Workflow From D810 to Printshop. (not verified)

Stick to your ipad you clueless fuk-wit.

I'm using a colour controlled workflow from camera to print and use adobe RGB in-camera, adobe RGB hardware-callibrated (screens,GPU,ICC), adobe RGB software editing (Photoshop) and adobe RGB export to print.

Printing outsourced, on kodak endura and kodak metallic photo paper (developed by lazer, not that inkjet shit).

My workflow eusures every step is accurate and accountable. I get exacly what I save to file, back from gallery-quality prints.

I can load the paper ICC profiles and soft-proof with certainty.

The only time I step outside of this is in Lightroom where I use ProPhoto until ready for print processing, then step back to adobe RGB.

And yea, I can watch fukin movies too, guud innit?
Go buy yourself a $299 cheapo 4k screen you noodle.

October 4, 2015 | 07:14 PM - Posted by BlackDove (not verified)

Why are companies releasing Adobe RGB 4K stuff when Rec.2020 is the REAL 4K standard?

Plus if it can do Rec.2020 it could also emulate DCI-P3 or Adobe RGB.

October 5, 2015 | 05:34 PM - Posted by undermined

yes it could be REC 2020 but it would be something like 72% REC2020 versus 99% AdobeRGB, the LED backlights aren't good enough to do REC 2020 and OLED wont either until a generation or two of improvements.

Second is HDMI 2.0 cannot do REC 2020 as 4:4:4 "uncompressed" higher than 30Hz, it would have to be 4:2:0 encoded to hit 60Hz and that is kinda pointless on a desktop.

DisplayPort 1.3 could do it, but we need newer GPUs that fully support that first too.

Even all the new UHD and HDR displays are not even gonna come close to hitting full REC. 2020, the industry is shooting for hitting DCI P3 and having 10bit-12bit.

For this price range and the intended market, AdobeRGB is fine.

They are gonna milk the industry that wants HDR DCI-P3 10-12bit displays for mastering content as long as they can.

The print and web design people don't target better than AdobeRGB and normally end up on sRGB

It all sucks if you want to finally move past the limits CRT monitors hindered displays with and REC 2020 is a great step forward

I want to move to a 21:9 screen myself but I'm gonna wait until we see some 5120x2160 monitors that can do HDR and 10bit-12bit color and at least DCI-P3 and hope that by the year 2020 we get some broadcast content in 4K and hope the monitors will catch up by then to handle REC. 2020

December 21, 2015 | 09:24 PM - Posted by Jeff gou (not verified)

anyone know the length and height of the active display area for Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q, not sq mm

February 8, 2016 | 02:42 AM - Posted by Henry (not verified)

Display dimensions:

Diagonal - 31.5" - 800mm

Length - 20.16" - 640mm

Height - 18.9" - 480mm

February 8, 2016 | 02:47 AM - Posted by Henry (not verified)

My apologies! The Length of this display is actually 25.2"
All other figures are correct.

January 6, 2017 | 11:48 AM - Posted by sleem alax (not verified)

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