Content creation is about to change drastically in the coming years as ultra-high-definition displays with wide color gamut, superior refresh rates, and great contrasts become widely available and demand for high-quality visuals increases. Being one of the leading makers of professional monitors, ASUS cannot ignore the ongoing trends and develops professional displays for next-gen content creation workloads. At IFA today, the company announced its ProArt PA32UCG LCD, one of the most advanced professional monitors introduced to date.


To meet above mentioned requirements for next-generation displays, ASUS (and other makers of monitors) has  to use either bright OLED panels with all their pros and cons, or advanced IPS LCD panels featuring full-area local area dimming (FALD) backlighting enhanced with quantum dots (or other methods) for more accurate colors. With its ‘portable’ ProArt PQ22UC, the company decided to go OLED, but with the new ProArt PA32UCG (and similarly-sized LCDs for color-critical workloads), the company prefers IPS panels featuring the said treatments.

Aimed primarily at game developers, the ProArt PA32UCG features a 10-bit IPS panel of 3840×2160 resolution that offers a variable refresh rate (VRR) between 48 Hz and 120 Hz and is equipped with a Mini LED-based backlighting featuring 1,152 individual local dimming zones and quantum dots. That backlighting enables 1000 nits sustained brightness, up to 1600 nits peak brightness in HDR mode (officially, the LCD carries VESA’s DisplayHDR 1400 badge though), and a very high contrast ratio.

The ASUS ProArt PA32UCG monitor can display 1.07 billion of colors and reproduce the sRGB, Adobe RGB, DCI-P3, and Rec. 2020 color spaces used for video post-production as well as graphics design nowadays, yet ASUS does not disclose anything about percentage of the coverage. Meanwhile, since the display will come factory calibrated with a Delta <1 accuracy, expect its color reproduction to be very precise. To ensure this when deployed, the display will come with a light-shielding hood.

Additionally, the LCD supports HDR10, Dolby Vision as well as hybrid log gamma (HLG) HDR formats, but there is no word about HDR10+ support. ASUS also does not reveal anything about internal 3D LUTs (look up tables) for HDR gradations, but only mentions multiple PQ curves to fit users’ needs. This is explainable though as the product is many months away from its commercial launch.

As for connectivity, ASUS so far has only confirmed Thunderbolt 3 support, but it is logical to expect DisplayPort 1.3/1.4 as well as HDMI 2.1 (since we have VRR here) connectors to be present as well.

The company demonstrated the ProArt PA32UCG monitor at its IFA 2019 event, so we know that the monitor works and probably is in its final stages of development.

Specifications of the ASUS ProArt Mini LED 4K 120 Hz Display
  ProArt PA32UCG
Panel 32" IPS
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 48 - 120 Hz VRR
Response Time unknown
Brightness 1000 cd/m² (sustained)
1600 cd/m² (peak)
Contrast high
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
HDR HDR10, Dolby Visin, HLG
Backlighting Mini-LED-based 1152-zone FALD
Pixel Pitch 0.1845 mm²
Pixel Density 138 ppi
Display Colors 1.07 billion
Color Gamut Support DCI-P3
Adobe RGB
Rec. 2020
sRGB
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Stand Hight, Tilt, and Swivel adjustable
Inputs Thunderbolt 3
DisplayPort (?)
HDMI 2.0 (?)
USB Hub ?
Launch Date Q1 2020

ASUS intends to bring its ultimate ProArt PA32UCG to the market sometimes in the first quarter of 2020 if everything goes as planned. The company naturally does not talk about prices just yet.

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Source: ASUS

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  • zinfamous - Thursday, September 05, 2019 - link

    This is a pro display designed for pro photographers and image folks. All such displays have had the anti-glare shade since forever. As such, I hope you don't get angry when you the non-gaming response time is revealed and you declare this display "junk." It is not designed for people that are unfamiliar with the need of the shade and is most certainly not junk. Reply
  • haukionkannel - Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - link

    $9999? Or more... but yeah, nice monitor indeed. Fast, Freesync, good colours, finally somewhat true hdr. Reply
  • Vitor - Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - link

    32" 4k 120hz with plenty of dimming zones could be great for my small living room. Reply
  • skavi - Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - link

    This seems to be pretty much the peak for current monitor tech before µLED comes out. Reply
  • Beaver M. - Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - link

    Lets wait and see. I wouldnt be surprised if they turn µLED into backlight, too. Reply
  • Dug - Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - link

    Nice. About the perfect monitor, unfortunately it will be $5k+.
    Also nice that they did this with IPS and not VA.
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  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - link

    Just a heads up, don't expect this anytime near what they said. Remember the IPS gaming monitors 120+ Hz? They was delayed over a YEAR before they came out. Even now they are hardly to be found in stock. Reply
  • Alistair - Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - link

    Yeah Asus has a tendency to outright lie about release dates. 2021. Reply
  • DesktopMan - Thursday, September 05, 2019 - link

    The 60 hz version was supposed to be out in June and it's nowhere to be seen so this is spot on.

    Also regarding the article, VRR doesn't automatically mean HDMI-VRR unless stated.
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  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 05, 2019 - link

    You can't bring a product out on time when a key component supplier blows availability times by over a year; and AUO was embarrassingly over optimistic about how quickly they could get their first generation FALD panels debugged. Reply

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