Congruently with 4K and Ultra High Definition (UHD), there has been a big push toward HDR displays, and why not? High Dynamic Range displays deliver better contrast and color accuracy, as well as more vibrant colors, compared to standard monitors. As a result, there has been a rise for HDR-capable displays in the photo industry and movie/gaming markets. The problems was that there wasn’t a universal standard for HDR until recently.
DisplayHDR was the industry’s first fully open standard specifying HDR quality, including luminance, color gamut, bit depth, and rise time. The new system, created by VESA, is used to classify HDR-compatible desktop monitors. There are three levels of certification each with corresponding nits of brightness: HRD 400, HDR 600, HDR 1000 – with the latter being the most coveted.
Recently EPI, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips monitors, announced the world’s first HDR1000 monitor, the new Philips Momentum 43” 4K HDR Quantum Dot Monitor (436M6VBPAB).
“As with any new technology, there can be confusion out there regarding HDR specs and benefits. VESA’s new DisplayHDR standard will make monitor shopping easier by offering consumers a comparable standard to judge HDR picture performance between monitors,” stated Chris Brown, Philips Monitors Global Marketing Manager, TPV. “We are very excited to launch the world’s first DisplayHDR 1000 monitor, the Philips Momentum 43-inch 4K Display. DisplayHDR 1000 level of picture performance will offer a more intense gaming and entertainment experience. The contrast and color really bring action scenes alive, like we’ve never seen before.”
With the DisplayHDR 1000 certification, the new monitor guarantees a minimum 10-bit encoding, 1,000 nits peak brightness, 0.5 nits cap on black levels, minimum of 90% DCI-P3 coverage, and 99% sRGB. Philips stated, however, the monitor won’t always run at 1,000 nits, the Momentum 436M6 will typically run around 720 nits with typical use, outpacing typical monitors which run around 350 nits.
- Size: 43 inches
- Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
- Peak brightness: 1,000 nits
- Ports: USB-C 3.1, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, and Mini DisplayPort 1.2
- Speakers: 7W Built-In
Brightness aside, the Momentum 436M6 promises “a wider range of more accurate colors – especially dark reds and greens – that stay crisp and clear even in bright light.” The monitor will also include MultiView technology, enabling customers to view two connected devices simultaneously, and Ambiglow technology, a “halo” of light outside the screen which matches the action on screen.
The Philips Momentum 436M6 will be available later this summer for $999.99.