Philips announced two professional displays with HDR support at IFA earlier this month. The new 328P6AU and 328P6VU monitors offer QHD and UHD 4K resolutions respectively, while both monitors feature wide color gamuts (which means higher-than-sRGB) as well as USB Type-C inputs, in accordance with recent market trends. The monitors will be aimed at the high end of the market, but are not going to to be too expensive.

The first of the new P-series displays to arrive is the Philips 328P6AU (pictured). The monitor is based on an IPS-ADS panel with a 2560×1440 resolution and can hit 400 nits in brightness. Philips says that the 328P6AU display can reproduce 98% of the AdobeRGB color gamut (and therefore it is safe to say that it can cover 100% of the sRGB), but it does not reveal anything beyond that. The firm also is not disclosing the refresh rate of the panel, but given how the monitor is being positioned, it is likely that it is set at 60 Hz. Since the 328P6AU is a professional display, its stand can set the monitor in portrait mode and allows all kinds of other adjustments (height, rotate, tilt).

The second P-series LCD that Philips is working on is called the 328P6VU, and this one is substantially more advanced. The monitor is based on an IPS-AAS panel featuring a 3840×2160 resolution and can hit 600 nits in brightness, which is considerably higher compared to numerous contemporary displays for professionals. Furthermore, the 328P6VU is equipped with a backlighting supporting 16-zone local dimming, so expect a fairly high contrast ratio. As for color gamut, Philips only mentions 95% of NTSC, but nothing else. Again, the company isn't publishing anything about the refresh rate of the LCD, but 60 Hz is a reasonable guess.

When it comes to connectivity, the 328P6AU and 328P6VU both have the same functionality. Both monitors include DisplayPort, HDMI, and D-Sub (VGA) inputs (this one seems a bit odd on a 4K model, but could be useful for PiP) as well as a USB-C port. The latter can be used as a display input as well as an upstream port for a hub featuring USB 3.0 ports and a GbE connector. Such a hub will be very useful for those with notebooks featuring USB-C and lacking other connectors (e.g. MacBooks). Finally, the monitors will have two 3 W stereo speakers.

Specifications of Philips P6-Series Displays
  328P6AU 328P6VU
Panel 31.5" IPS ADS 31.5" IPS AAS
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz (?)
Brightness 400 cd/m² 600 cd/m²
Local Dimming None 16 zone
Contrast unknown high
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
HDR "Supported"
Pixel Pitch 0.2724 mm² 0.1816 mm²
Pixel Density 93 PPI 140 PPI
Color Gamut Support AdobeRGB: 98% NTSC: 95%
Stand Tilt, pivot (90°) and height adjustable Unknown, but likely same as on the 328P6AU
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0a
1 × USB Type-C (DP 1.2)
1 × D-Sub
USB Hub multi-port USB 3.0 hub
Ethernet GbE port
Audio 3 W × 2
Launch Timeframe October 2017 Q1 2018
Launch Price TBA €529 – €549 ($632 – $655) in Europe

As for pricing and availability, the Philips 328P6AU is set to hit the market next month with a price to be announced. I don't expect this one to be all that expensive, but its price is not going to be a bargain given that it's aimed at professionals. Meanwhile the Philips 328P6VU is set to arrive sometimes in Q1 2018 and the manufacturer plans to sell it for approximately €529 – €549 in Europe ($632 – $655), which is surprisingly competitive for a 4K display with a USB-C input, a USB hub, and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

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  • Umer - Monday, September 18, 2017 - link

    Decent specs, overall a good professional monitor at reasonable pricing. But saying HDR is 'supported' at 400-600 nits is quite odd, especially for a display that's to be used by professionals. Reply
  • tyger11 - Monday, September 18, 2017 - link

    I was about to make similar comment. I believe Dolby Vision is mastered to something like 4,000 nits. Not sure about HDR10 or HDR10+ (or HLG). I think even the Samsung Note 8 display is at 1,200 nits. Reply
  • bug77 - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - link

    It's not odd, the HDR is fuzzily defined. UHD Premium imposes some clear constraints on what qualifies, but to sport a HDR sticker you only have to provide some improved contrast. Reply
  • Huacanacha - Monday, September 18, 2017 - link

    The 4k model is surprisingly affordable for the features it offers (IPS, local dimming, USB hub with ethernet, wide gamut etc). I'm very tempted if the hub plays nicely with Macs. Reply
  • Frenetic Pony - Monday, September 18, 2017 - link

    I don't see either as HDR, 600 nits max, no DCI gamut? Just marketing BS. Pray tell, what "professionals" would use either for that matter. Colorists are right out. Hmmm. Programmers would vastly prefer an 8k monitor, or maybe that ridiculous 49" Samsung thing.

    You know I think these monitors might not be for anyone in particular, but are simply "whatever panels happen to be available stuck with marketing labels on them" like 99% of all monitors are? Who knew.
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  • StevoLincolnite - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - link

    Needs to be 100hz or more for it to grab my attention... As I already have a 1440P, 31.5" IPS display. Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - link

    They've got some nice extras including the VGA connector and the GbE port. Integrated speakers are nice too since it'd keep clutter from a dedicated set off a desk in a workspace or a home. 3 watts is probably enough to drive decent audio for most entertainment needs. Reply
  • valinor89 - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - link

    We have come full circle when the VGA connector is an extra and not the only option Reply
  • getho - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - link

    am I the only person that would like to see some 34-38" 4K displays that you can use without scaling.? There are no 36 inch 6:9 monitors on the market. To my mind thats the perfect size for UHD Reply
  • quarx - Thursday, September 21, 2017 - link

    Nice monitors. Are there any details on the USB-C charging capabilities? Reply

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