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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  • rwei - Monday, December 2, 2013 - link

    First reaction: buyer's remorse over buying the Dell 2713HM (1440p, 27")
    Second reaction: my existing machine can barely drive that for something like PS Lightroom, forget games - 4K would put it to its knees

    Seems like it's going to be a while before 4K becomes workable for the mainstream.
    Reply
  • Drumsticks - Monday, December 2, 2013 - link

    Dell has the twenty four inch priced at ONLY $1399 according to engadget. This is pretty nice for 4k! Also, the 32 inch comes in at $3499.

    http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/02/dell-ultrasharp...
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  • colonelclaw - Monday, December 2, 2013 - link

    From Dell's product page http://dcse.dell.com/us/en/gen/peripherals/dell-up...

    Optimal resolution:
    3840 x 21601 at 60 Hz (DP1.2*)

    60Hz, nice! The forthcoming 28" sounds terrific
    Reply
  • haukionkannel - Monday, December 2, 2013 - link

    Indeed! 24" version is very good for those poor bastards (like me) who has to read a lot of text from monitor. 4K will make the text so much sharper, so it will be much easier to read it! I find it out when i first get a change to compare normal and retina iPad. The retina version was much better for reading the text! Pity that ppi will be just 185..... but we have to wait for 8k until it gets better... For the while 186 ppi will do just fine.
    And yeas 4K is in most cases bad idea for gaming, but upscaled 1080p is just ok, and full 4k is must when workinng with these monitors.
    I allso find out the 28" version most interesting. Hopefully by them we have real 60Hz without any "two screen" operationt with drivers.
    Reply
  • ExarKun333 - Monday, December 2, 2013 - link

    Still wondering why the author says a 32inch monitor is 'too big for a desktop monitor'. That is totally wrong. For those of us who need multiple monitors to review/display documents and/or specs, this would be GREAT. A 32-36'' 4k monitor would be a great to replace most 3x24 or 3x22 setups folks are using today. Reply
  • rmm - Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - link

    I still dont understand why anyone would buy one of these for these prices when you can get a 39' 4k LCD TV for 600 bucks, I dont see the market, the LCD also has local dimming, supports 120Hz at 1080p and great color. Who is going to spend like 4 times the money for a smaller screen?

    How can these manufacturers justify these 3-4k prices for a computer monitor?
    Reply
  • cjl - Thursday, December 5, 2013 - link

    In part, because any 4k LCD that you can get for $600 is definitely not going to have "great color". Reply
  • purerice - Friday, December 6, 2013 - link

    Where is this magical $600 4k that you speak of?
    Generally PC monitors are designed to have better refresh rates, color accuracy, and overall higher quality than televisions. If the hue of a 39" TV varies by 10-20 degrees from corner to corner we may not notice but if the hue of a 24-32" monitor varies by 10-20 degrees the entire production could be off.
    Some time in 2015...
    "Hey, is it just me or does Shrek 6 look a little pink?"
    "Oh he is but don't worry, the artists saved money by using $600 4k TVs instead of $3500 4k screens."
    Reply
  • CalaverasGrande - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    I hate to rain on the parade, but this thing is an eyesore.
    The old triangle base Dell monitors are actually a kind of decent industrial design in comparison. This is just ugly. I would expect an UHD monitor that cost quite a bit more than lower res monitors in the same size to look the part. This looks like a cheap no-name.
    I'm not just talking about the base either. The silver/black thing is very early 2000's.
    It literally reminds me of several things we tossed in our year end ewaste pile today!

    I was wishing the Dell would slam dunk a great companion for the new Mac Pro, but I guess I'll be getting an Asus, LG or Samsung.
    Reply
  • derekk - Saturday, January 18, 2014 - link

    Anyone looked at the TCL LE50UHDE5691 50-Inch 4K TV for $699.99 on Amazon?
    Or the Seiki SE39UY04 39-Inch for $499?
    Reply

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