Most people are still in the midst of upgrading to a 4K screen, let alone having the hardware to play at the highest settings. But instead of settling for 4K, LG this year will start selling 5K monitors.
Ahead of the annual CES consumer technology show in Las Vegas, LG did what they do every year by unveiling their lineup of screens for the year ahead. And given that the company spent most of 2016 and 2017 selling a string of 4K-capable monitors at various sizes, it makes sense that from this year they’ll start offering 5K screens.
Pictured above, the LG 34WK95U is an ultrawide 5K (5120×2160 to be precise) screen that supports HDR600. That’s presumably a reference to the HDR600 specification announced by VESA in early December for LCD monitors, although LG didn’t specify.
HDR aside, it’ll ship with a Thunderbolt 3 interface that can provide enough charge to power a 60W laptop. It’ll also sport a Nano IPS panel, like the rest of LG’s 2018 monitor lineup. Details on what Nano IPS does are a little sketchy right now, and LG’s site doesn’t mention how the 34WK95U achieves the black levels low enough (0.1 nits maximum, for those keeping score) to earn VESA’s HDR600 qualification, but we’ll undoubtedly hear more about that as CES progresses.
If 34 inches is too big for you, don’t fret – because LG will also ship a 32″ ultrawide monitor with 21:9 aspect ratio, HDR and 5K support. Price and availability hasn’t been announced for either monitor, but expect something comfortably north of $1000. The only 32″ 4K monitor from LG with HDR support is currently selling for around $1400, and it’d be surprising if 5K monitors starting selling for less than that.