LG on Wednesday announced its new flagship display with a UHD 4K resolution, DCI-P3 color gamut, as well as HDR10 support. The LG 32UD99 will be aimed at creative professionals, prosumers and gamers, which suggests more or less reasonable pricing as well as some allowances to handle Microsoft Windows' quirky color management (through support of sRGB). The monitor will be demonstrated at CES next month and will hit the market some time in 2017.

The LG 32UD99 will a 32” display featuring a 10-bit IPS panel that can reproduce 1.07 billion colors and cover over 95% of the DCI-P3 color space, while LG has said nothing about the sRGB and the Adobe RGB color spaces. The monitor will support 10-bit HDR capabilities, but LG is not disclosing details about its LUTs (look-up-tables) and so on. Finally, LG says that the 32UD99 will be able to connect to computers using a single USB Type-C cable (using DisplayPort Alternate Mode) that will also support charging capabilities. Other notable features that LG mentioned in its press release are thin bezels as well as “slim” stand.

Preliminary Specifications of the LG 32UD99
Panel 32" IPS
Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz (?)
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation Over 95% DCI-P3
Display Colors 1.07 billion
3D-LUT supported
Inputs 1 × USB-C
1 × HDMI 2.0a (?)
Audio Stereo speakers featuring LG RichBass technology

The manufacturer is positioning its 32UD99 for different types of applications. Specifically, the company says that the monitor is “well-equipped” to support HDR-capable game consoles, which suggests that it can at least connect them using an HDMI 2.0a port because Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro and NVIDIA’s SHIELD ATV (the only HDR-capable game consoles available today) do not have a USB-C header. Moreover, neither game console currently support DCI-P3 color space, which means that the display would need to support sRGB alongside HDR10.

Meanwhile, the support for DCI-P3 and HDR10 means that the display will appeal to professionals from the gaming, digital cinema, home theater and software industries. The consumer standard for DCI is used by a number of consumer electronics devices as well as a variety of Apple devices (and has good prospects to be adopted for televisions as well), and while LG isn't confirming that they're going with the consumer version (as opposed to the digital projection version with its different white point and gamma), it's reasonable to assume that like their other DCI-capable monitors, the 32UD99 will follow the consumer standard as well. Though it may very well be that HDR becomes the most distinctive feature, as HDR support in monitors is currently few and far between. Now, since the LG 32UD99 covers “over 95%” of the DCI-P3 color space (and not 98 – 99% like many professional-grade monitors like LG’s own 31MU97 do), the manufacturer does not straightforward say that the 32UD99 is going to be its new flagship model for creative professionals, but rather points to prosumers and demanding gamers.

Since LG made a preliminary announcement of the monitor this week, it naturally did not disclose all of its specifications leaving many questions unanswered. Nonetheless, it looks like the 32UD99 will be a considerably more universal display than LG’s UltraFine lineup of monitors designed solely with Apple’s macOS and Mac hardware in mind.  

Today, LG only announced plans to demonstrate its 32UD99 display at CES, which is why it did not touch upon its pricing and estimated availability timeframe. While it is logical to expect the LG 32UD99 to hit the market sometimes next year at a price that will be above that of average 32” UHD models, that is all we can share at this point.

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  • secretmanofagent - Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - link

    No USB hub is a little disappointing. Reply
  • chaos215bar2 - Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - link

    Where does LG and/or Anand Tech claim that? It would be pretty silly to make a display supporting charging and video over USB-C, but not provide any downstream USB ports to allow the display to act as a complete hub. Reply
  • sorten - Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - link

    In the specification chart. 1 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI Reply
  • Devo2007 - Thursday, December 15, 2016 - link

    That's inputs - nothing about outputs Reply
  • bji - Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - link

    16:9 is disappointing. That's a TV aspect ratio. 16:10 is better for a computer monitor. Reply
  • jsntech - Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - link

    If I had a nickel for every time I've said that to myself for the past 5+ years, I'd have enough money to wallpaper my house with craptastic 16:9 displays. Reply
  • Sarah Terra - Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - link

    Nice super good deal now you can buy a 1500 dollar display to charge your macbook pro LOL.

    Of course youll need two for work so only 3 grand biggie....

    Before you whiners start complaining about my price estimate, id say the odds of this thing costing less than $1250 USD are 0.0000000001%
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  • sor - Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - link

    I keep hearing that, but I don't think it really means as much these days. I care about screen real estate, pixels, DPI, not so much about aspect ratio, I'm not watching much 16:10 media.

    Let's put it this way, I'd rather have a 3840x1600 34" screen than a 2560x1600 (16:10) 27" screen. Same vertical real estate, more width to work.
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  • close - Thursday, December 15, 2016 - link

    I keep hearing that but I don't think it means what you think it means. Maybe you should know that "screen real estate" and aspect ratio kind of go hand in hand. Especially since for the same diagonal you have less "real estate" the higher the aspect ratio. So a 16:9 screen has less surface area than a 16:10 one with the same diagonal. And with production costs being important and all that, manufacturers started to convince you that you *love* even 21:9 screens.

    And your comparison is pointless to say the least. You picked a ~25% larger diagonal AND a 50% higher resolution screen to prove that one AR is better than the other? I guess that's you unknowingly admitting that 16:9 is better than 16:10 only if you really pump up everything else.

    Goats are like mushrooms: if you shoot a duck, I'm afraid of toasters...
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  • niva - Friday, December 16, 2016 - link

    He's right though, just like you also have valid points. Vertical resolution is extremely important for productivity on the computer. Lets take a simpler example, take two 24" screens, one is a 1920x1080 FHD resolution, the other a 1920x1200.

    If you're going to use the computer for anything other than just watching videos, the screen with the higher vertical resolution is so much better. This applies across the board.

    The ultra wide monitors being put out now, like the 34" LG he mentioned do everything well so long as they have enough vertical resolution. They basically serve to replace two monitor setups while eliminating the annoying border in the middle of the screen. Amazing for gaming and videos, even better for actual work. So 21:9 screens with enough vertical real estate serve an amazing function in all aspects.

    You are also correct about the manufacturing costs and how the industry attempted to convince everyone that what's cheaper for them to produce, is better for the consumers to own. Don't fall for it!
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