Philips Preps 499P9H Curved 49-Inch 5K Display with USB-C Docking & Webcam
Last week at IFA, Philips demonstrated its upcoming ultra-wide curved 49-inch monitor. The new 499P9H display features a 5K resolution with a 32:9 apect ratio, and will be aimed at various B2B clients that normally use two LCDs. Among key selling points of the new monitor – besides its sheer size – are a pop-up webcam, a USB Type-C docking, and a GbE controller.
A number of display suppliers have introduced their 49-inch ultra-wide LCDs featuring a 32:9 aspect ratio and a 3840 × 1080 resolution over the past few quarters. The displays are based on a Samsung panel and target various applications, including business/productivity and gaming. Philips was first to launch its ultra-wide 492P8 monitor after Samsung released its 49-inchers last year, so it is not surprising that it will be among the first third-party companies to adopt Samsung’s 5K ultra-wide VA panel that we're unofficially hearing is expected to hit mass production this month.
The Philips 499P9H offers a 5120 × 1440 resolution, which is called DQHD (dual quad HD), and is designed to substitute two 27-inch 2560 × 1440 monitors. Based on what we know about this panel unofficially, it has a 1800R curvature and supports refresh rates up to 0 Hz. B2B monitors featuring the panel will likely support a 60 Hz refresh rate, whereas their gaming counterparts will likely gain AMD’s FreeSync technology and a dynamic refresh rate between 48 Hz and 0 Hz (or 30 Hz and 0 Hz). Meanwhile, since we are dealing with a VA panel, expect a high contrast ratio along with 178º/178º vertical/horizontal viewing angles.
One of the important features of the Philips 499P9H monitor is its pop-up Windows Hello-compatible webcam, which will likely be welcome by various business and enterprise users who require a biometric authentication.
Since the Philips 499P9H has to be compatible with a wide variety of PCs, it features not only a USB Type-C connector with docking and power delivery capabilities, but also a more traditional DisplayPort 1.2 input and two HDMI 2.0 ports. Like other large displays, the 499P9H naturally supports picture-by-picture (PBP) and picture-in-picture (PiP) modes as such LCDs are usually used with multiple PCs at once. In addition, the monitor has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub as well as an Ethernet connector to provide a GbE connectivity to Apple’s MacBooks and other laptops that only feature USB Type-C headers.
Philips did not touch upon the ETA nor MSRP of its upcoming 499P9H display at the trade show. Since Samsung yet has to kick off mass production of the panel and start using it itself, expect the 499P9H to arrive sometimes in 2019. Keep in mind that since the 499P9H is aimed primarily at B2B clients, it may not be readily available from the usual retailers.
|Philips Ultra-Wide 49-Inch Displays|
|Native Resolution||5120 × 1440||3840 × 1080|
|Maximum Refresh Rate||?||60 Hz|
|Brightness||high||up to 0 cd/m² (?)|
|Contrast||high||up to 5000:1 (?)|
|Viewing Angles||178°/178° horizontal/vertical|
|Aspect Ratio||32:9 (3.56:1)|
|Color Gamut||sRGB (?)||sRGB|
|Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech||unknown||unknown|
|Pixel Pitch||0.234 mm²||0.312 mm²|
|Pixel Density||108 PPI||81.41 PPI|
|Inputs||1 × DisplayPort 1.2|
1 × USB Type-C
2 × HDMI 2.0
|1 × DisplayPort 1.2|
1 × D-Sub
2 × HDMI
|Audio||3.5 mm input and output|
|USB Hub||2 × USB 3.0 Type-A connectors|
|Ethernet||1 GbE port|
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