Currently there are several 4K options on the market – models using the higher end IGZO displays such as the Dell Ultrasharp 32” 4K (UP3214Q, $3500) or the ASUS PQ321Q ($3500, our review) are currently attracting the most attention.  From my perspective (and a few others), 32” is just too large for a desktop monitor and while 4K seems attractive, something smaller (27”) would be more palatable.  In comes Dell, who has leaked through their Belize website, the next generation 24” UHD Monitor, the UP2414Q.  (Interesting enough it is also mentioned on their US website, through the compatibility list of a sound bar.)

Putting arguments aside about OS scaling and whether someone needs 4K in a 24 inch monitor, the specifications do make for interesting reading:

- 3840 x 2160 in 24 inches = 183.58 pixels per inch, compared to 204 for the IBM T220/T221 and 137.6 for a 32” UHD
- 178º/178º Viewing Angle
- 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB (G-B LED backlight we assume)
- Factory Calibrated to Delta-E < 2
- 10-bit, 1.07 billion colors
- HDMI, DisplayPort, mini-DP, four USB 3.0 and 6-in-1 card reader

Of course, information is limited.  Other reports online list this as an IPS panel, although that is ultimately unverifiable at this point in time - we can only speculate that a 24" high end panel is finally making its way through the chain.  The 32” UP3214Q from Dell is only 30Hz at full resolution unless you use DisplayPort 1.2a + MST (Chris is testing this monitor as I type), so one might assume that the 24” panel would be the same.

Price and release date not announced – given that the 32” models are around $3500, the offset of a smaller cut of panel against the increased difficulty in creating it might be the competing factors here.

Update: We have some information, direct from Dell's new US website page for the UP2414Q:

Display

Diagonally Viewable Size:
60.47 cm
23.8" (23.8-inch wide viewable image size)
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen (16:9)
Panel Type, Surface:
In-plane switching, anti glare with hard coat 3H
Optimal resolution:
3840 x 21601 at 60 Hz (DP1.2*)
3840 x 21601 at 30 Hz HDMI
Contrast Ratio:
1000: 1 (typical)
2 Million:1 (Max) (Dynamic Contrast Ratio)
Brightness:
350 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time:
8 ms (gray to gray)
Viewing Angle:
(178° vertical / 178° horizontal)
Color Support:
Color Gamut (typical): Adobe RGB 99%, sRGB 100%
1.07 Billion colors (8 Bits +AFRC)
Pixel Pitch:
0.137 mm
Pixel Per Inch (PPI):
185
Backlight Technology:
LED
Display Type:
Widescreen Flat Panel Display
Display Screen Coating:
Antiglare with hard-coating 3H

Connectivity

1 HDMI connector
1 Mini DisplayPort
1 DisplayPort (version 1.2a)
4 USB 3.0 ports - Downstream (4 at the back, 1 with battery charging)
1 USB 3.0 port - Upstream
1 Media Card Reader
 

Stand

Height-adjustable stand, tilt, swivel, pivot and built in cable-management
Flat Panel Mount Interface:
VESA (100 mm)
 

Built-in Devices

USB 3.0 Hi-Speed Hub (with 1 USB upstream port and 4 USB downstream ports)
 

Size and Weight

Dimensions with stand (H x W x D):
14.61" ~ 19.75" (371.1 mm ~ 501.7 mm) x 22.40" (569.0 mm) x 7.56" (192.0 mm)
Dimensions without stand (H x W x D):
13.33" (338.5 mm) x 22.40" (569.0 mm) x 2.22" (56.3 mm)
Preset Display Area(H X V):
527.04 mm x 296.46 mm
20.7" x 11.7"
Weight (panel only - for VESA mount):
4.8 kg (10.58 lbs)
Weight (with packaging):
10.0 kg (22.05 lbs)

Update 2:  Pricing has just been announced due to an official Dell press release:

Availability and Pricing 
The Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD Monitor (UP3214Q) is available globally starting at $3,499. The Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitor (UP2414Q) is now available in the Americas, starting at $1,399. It will be available worldwide on December 16. The UltraSharp 28 Ultra HD Monitor (P2815Q) will be available in early 2014. 

$1400 ?! Can I sign up for a few? That matches the recent batch of IBM T221 models that were sold on ebay this year. For a long while we were expecting some pricing north of $2500, but at $1400 I am actually amazed.

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  • scottrichardson - Monday, December 2, 2013 - link

    Why do you predict it to be so expensive? There's laptops with screens ALMOST 4K at much cheaper prices. Yes, yes I know that laptop screens != desktop accurate displays, but they are certainly not that far off. Also, at that size, we're not talking about the retina bursting resolution of some tablets, phones and laptops. Technically that should make them a little easier to manufacture, no? Reply
  • scottrichardson - Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - link

    ... and I guess I was on the mark a little.... prices announced and the Dell 4K displays range from < $1,000 up to $3,500. Incredible breakthrough! Reply
  • DanNeely - Monday, December 2, 2013 - link

    I'll probably be buying a 32" 4k monitor when the monitor + dual GPU package drops to the $2500-3000 range because it's the only upgrade I'm likely to see at that size for a while; but at that size I'd really rather have a 5/6k monitor instead so I could use 2:1 scaling on the desktop. Reply
  • sleepeeg3 - Sunday, December 1, 2013 - link

    If the viewing angles are truly 178°/178° then it is an IPS display. The last 10-bit display by NEC had issues with input lag. However, it would be stupid to buy this for a gaming monitor as you would have to needlessly drive those extra pixels for no apparent gain. Reply
  • Visual - Monday, December 2, 2013 - link

    Oh, If a multiboxer gets this and tiles 9 720p instances of a game on it, I'm sure they will disagree with your "no apparent gain" claim ;-) Reply
  • Edkiefer - Sunday, December 1, 2013 - link

    I just wish there were more 2556x1440 Dell monitors in the 24-30" range .
    This would be nice but I bet with its target market it will be around 1500-2000$ range .
    Reply
  • SodaAnt - Sunday, December 1, 2013 - link

    So merely 12 years after the IBM T220 was released do we finally get even close to comparable PPI on a monitor. Reply
  • zogus - Sunday, December 1, 2013 - link

    Well, yes, but the T220 retailed for something like $30,000, required a huge custom video card, and still limped along with a refresh rate of only 41Hz. This Dell monitor, if it is for real, is going to be actually affordable and usable with ordinary computers. Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Sunday, December 1, 2013 - link

    " From my perspective (and a few others), 32” is just too large for a desktop monitor" - There are millions than will disagree with you and I'm thankful that people have different opinions or do like something before Apple states that it's cool Reply
  • darwinosx - Sunday, December 1, 2013 - link

    Oh grow up... Reply

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