UHD is dead. Not really, but it would seem that displays bigger than UHD/4K will soon be coming to market. The ability of being able to stitch two regular sized outputs into the same panel is now being exploited even more as Dell has announced during its Modern Workforce livestream about the new ‘5K’ Ultrasharp 27-inch display.  The ‘5K’ name comes from the 5120 pixels horizontally, but this panel screams as being two lots of 2560x2880 in a tiled display.

5120x2880 at 27 inches comes out at 218 PPI for a total of 14.7 million pixels. At that number of pixels per inch, we are essentially looking at a larger 15.4-inch Retina MBP or double a WQHD ASUS Zenbook UX301, and seems right for users wanting to upgrade their 13 year old IBM T220 for something a bit more modern.

Displays Sorted by PPI
Product Size / in Resolution PPI Pixels
LG G3 5.5 2560x1440 534 3,686,400
Samsung Galaxy S5 5.1 1920x1080 432 2,073,600
HTC One Max 5.9 1920x1080 373 2,073,600
Apple iPhone 5S 4 640x1136 326 727,040
Apple iPad mini Retina 7.9 2048x1536 324 2,777,088
Google Nexus 4 4.7 1280x768 318 983,040
Google Nexus 10 10 2560x1600 300 4,096,000
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 13.3 3200x1800 276 5,760,000
ASUS Zenbook UX301A 13.3 2560x1440 221 3,686,400
Apple Retina MBP 15" 15.4 2880x1800 221 5,184,000
Dell Ultrasharp 27" 5K 27 5120x2880 218 14,745,600
Nokia Lumia 820 4.3 800x480 217 384,000
IBM T220/T221 22.2 3840x2400 204 9,216,000
Dell UP2414Q 24 3840x2160 184 8,294,400
Dell P2815Q 28 3840x2160 157 8,294,400
Samsung U28D590D 28 3840x2160 157 8,294,400
ASUS PQ321Q 31.5 3840x2160 140 8,294,400
Apple 11.6" MacBook Air 11.6 1366x768 135 1,049,088
LG 34UM95 34 3440x1440 110 4,953,600
Korean 27" WQHD 27 2560x1440 109 3,686,400
Sharp 8K Prototype 85 7680x4320 104 33,177,600

Dell has been pretty quiet on the specifications, such as HDMI or DisplayPort support, though PC Perspective is reporting 16W integrated speakers. If the display is using tiling to divide up the transport workload over two outputs, that puts the emphasis squarely on two DP 1.2 connections. There is no mention of frame rates as of yet, nor intended color goals.

Clearly this panel is aimed more at workflow than gaming.  This is almost double 4K resolution in terms of pixels, and 4K can already bring down the majority of graphics cards to their knees, but we would imagine that the content producer and prosumer would be the intended market. Word is that this monitor will hit the shelves by Christmas, with a $2500 price tag.

Source: Dell

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  • Nihility - Friday, September 05, 2014 - link

    Seriously, give us 16:10! Reply
  • iceman-sven - Friday, September 05, 2014 - link

    Thumbs up!!!!!!

    5120x3200 or better 7680x4800 and Adaptive-Sync/G-Sync support.
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  • platinumjsi - Friday, September 05, 2014 - link

    My head hurts, so if I take 2x 1440p screens which both have 3.7 mill pixels and place them next to each other then I have 7.4 mill pixels, but if I take 2560 x 1440 double that to get 5120 x 2880 and do that sum I get 14.7 mill pixels? Reply
  • Essence_of_War - Friday, September 05, 2014 - link

    Num_pixels = width*height.

    One display:
    2560x1440 = 3.7 million pixels

    Two displays next to each other:
    2*(2560x1440) = 5120x1440 = 7.4 million pixels

    One 5k display:
    (2x2560)x(2x1440) = 5120x2880 = 14.7 million pixels

    The key is that doubling both dimension, is quadrupling the pixel count :)
    Reply
  • nevertell - Friday, September 05, 2014 - link

    If you take two squares and place them next to each other, you will get something with twice the space, right ? But only one of the axis will have double the length of one square. To get double the resolution, you have to double each axis, so you would actually need 4 1440p panels stitched together to get a 2880p panel. Reply
  • nathanddrews - Friday, September 05, 2014 - link

    2560x1440 = 3.7 million pixels.

    Two 1440p screens = 7.4 million pixels.

    5120x2880 is double in both directions. FOUR (two horizontal x two vertical) 1440p screens = 14.7 million pixels.
    Reply
  • TrevorH - Friday, September 05, 2014 - link

    Surely 5120x2880 would be 4 x 2560x1440 displays stitched together not two? Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Friday, September 05, 2014 - link

    Derp, it's most likely two 2560x2880 lots through MST. Reply
  • jamescox - Friday, September 05, 2014 - link

    I have a U3011 (last 16x10 display at 2560x1600) and it looks spectacular for images, but sitting close, small text is not that readable. This may have been from improper font smoothing though since I was mostly working via vnc connection. I don't think you need anywhere near this resolution for gaming, but it certainly helps with text readability. If you wanted to use it for gaming, you may be able to just run it at 2560x1440, although I don't know how well that works via MST or whatever you are using to drive this high resolution. Reply
  • nathanddrews - Friday, September 05, 2014 - link

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES! Reply

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