LG has announced a new kind of IPS liquid crystal panel that features an improved color reproduction. The Nano IPS technology will be used for LG’s upcoming high-end displays due in 2018 and will enable professional-grade DCI-P3 color space coverage on consumer models. One of the first monitors to use Nano IPS will be the 32UK950. The 32UK950 will be LG’s new flagship consumer 4K LCD, and will feature the VESA HDR 600 badge along with an integrated Thunderbolt 3 dock.

Nano IPS and HDR 600

LG’s Nano IPS technology will be used on numerous high-end monitors by the company, so it makes sense to examine what manufacturer tells us about it before jumping to the actual product. LG says that it applies nanoparticles to the screen’s LED backlighting to absorb excess light wavelengths and improve intensity, purity as well as the accuracy of the on-screen colors. Controlling spectral output of backlighting is a method generally used to improve IPS LCD panels — quantum dots and Panasonic’s light modulating cells do just that.

Adjusting backlighting spectral output not only enables to improve color reproduction, but also contrast ratio, but this is where LG’s press release gets vague. It never discloses or even mentions static contrast ratio, yet to get the HDR 600 badge (which is what the 32UK950 has), you need to get a black level of 0.1 nits max, which VESA believes is impossible without local dimming. However, neither local dimming, nor pixel-by-pixel control of backlight intensity, are mentioned in the press release.

Wrapping things up, we know for sure that LG’s Nano IPS enables the company to offer an improved color gamut by controlling the LED backlighting. The contrast ratio is something that is expected to be improved on new monitors as well, but LG does not say whether its Nano IPS is responsible for that.

The LG 32UK950

Among the first monitors to feature the Nano IPS technology will be the LG 32UK950. Its 32” panel has a 3840×2160 resolution, can reproduce 1.07 billion colors and cover 98% of the DCI-P3 color space. The HDR 600 badge clearly points to HDR10 processing capabilities along with up to 600 nits brightness, but LG does not disclose any information regarding its LUTs (look-up-tables) for HDR. LG’s current-generation consumer flagship display (the 32UD99-W) can cover 95% of the DCI-P3 gamut, which was a bit lower than 97% DCI-P3 coverage by the 31MU97-B, a professional display with a 4096×2160 resolution. The upcoming 32UK950 will surpass both models when it comes to gamut coverage.

Preliminary Specifications of the LG 32UK950
Panel 32" IPS with Nano IPS technology
Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz (?)
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation 98% DCI-P3
Display Colors 1.07 billion
3D-LUT supported
Inputs 1 × TB3
DisplayPort 1.2 (TBC)
HDMI 2.0a (TBC)
Audio Integrated speakers

Another major selling point of the LG 32UK950 will be an integrated Thunderbolt 3 connectivity with daisy chaining support (enabling to connect two 4Kp60 displays using a single TB3 port on the host). Apart from TB3 headers, we expect the LG 32UK950 to feature regular DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, a USB 3.0 hub and other essential features.

LG plans to show the 32UK950 at CES trade show early next month. The company does not reveal when it intends to start sales of the new product, or its MSRP.

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  • jrs77 - Monday, December 25, 2017 - link

    The problem with your statement is, that you've inserted one too many zeros after the dot. The pixelpitch is not 0.0xx but 0.xx mm. Now do you r calculations again and see where it results in.

    A fine mechanic pencil has 0.3mm which is clearly visible from a meters distance, so a pixelpitch of ~0.2mm isn't hard to detect at the same distance either.

    Just calling your own BS here.
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  • ddrіver - Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - link

    @jrs77: You're not calling my BS you dumbass, you're calling my typo. It's pretty obvious since the first time it was written correctly. Maybe you're sitting to close to the screen to see 10 lines of text at the same time. Or your brain only has a 5 second buffer. Guess you'll never know ;).

    But maybe you're right. If I can see your tiny IQ from all the way over here, maybe you can see a 0.18mm pixel form arm length away.

    @bill.rookard That's not how it works. Pixels aren't all bright points or lines surrounded by darkness. And guess what? The eye is great at detecting bright points surrounded by darkness. Not so much the other way around. Use a regular test and even that won't tell you the whole story. Seeing a line and seeing a point are very different things (https://www.thorlabs.com/images/TabImages/variable...
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  • ddrіver - Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - link

    I'll just write this explicitly because I think most people insist on missing the points that make them feel less special: It's easy to see a bright point on dark background. It's a lot harder to see a dark spot on a bright background. And seeing aliasing is yet another big step further in difficulty due to smoothing.

    But you know, whatever makes (some of) you guys feel special. To the rest of us it looks like stuffing a sock or 5 in your undies to make you feel better.
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  • jrs77 - Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - link

    0.18mm is 2/3 the size of a mechanical pencil tip. If you can't see that at an arms length, then you're legally blind. Reply
  • NyashaT - Sunday, December 24, 2017 - link

    I see pixels on my 22" 1080p monitor at arms length. There is a reason the LG Ultrafine monitor for macbooks has a resolution of 4069 x 2304 at 21.5" Reply
  • ddrіver - Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - link

    Yeah, fleecing gullible people like you. Just like there's a reason a Tesla had 700HP. You just have to do 0 to supermarket in 2.something seconds. And you know phones with 4 cameras? There's a reason they're there.

    There's always a reason. Whether it's good or it's just for people with more money than sense is a very different thing. There's a reason for me not explaining more to you. But you wouldn't get it ;).
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  • ksheltarna - Saturday, May 26, 2018 - link

    Why the hell is ddriver still on this forum???
    You play smart on every article, even though you are a dumb ass yourself, and you keep insulting the rest of the respectable members here.

    Moderator Please do us all a favour and throw this dude out once for all!

    I've seen pages of comments going astray because ddriver's off the course egoistic attitude.
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  • surt - Saturday, December 23, 2017 - link

    But who is 3 feet from their computer screen. That's crazy. I'm currently sitting at somewhere between 16 and 18 inches, less than half that distance. Reply
  • ddrіver - Sunday, December 24, 2017 - link

    Then you're sitting too close by all professional accounts. I use a magnifying glass and if needed a microscope and I see the damn pixels. 128K FTW. Reply
  • mkozakewich - Saturday, December 23, 2017 - link

    My screen is 13.5" and 267 ppi, and I can still see the aliasing on a rotating line from three feet away. So yeah, I'm also wishing for something higher than the 100s on a desktop monitor.

    At 4K, 200 ppi would be 22". I could accept a 32" screen at 8K, though!
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