One of the biggest bits of news to come out of CES 2016, over a year ago, was Dell announcing a new beacon in OLED monitors: a 3840x2160 panel measuring 30-inch diagonal using an OLED display was set to come to market. When we reported on it back at CES, they stated a $4999 price point for March 31st. What happened over the next 12 months was interesting: some journalists doing ‘hands-on’ reviews at tech shows, but nothing coming to retail, followed by plenty of CES 2017 news that the display had been shelved due to image quality issues. Well roll around another quarter, and it seems that Dell is ready to sell it, and shipping for this $3499 beast is only 1-2 weeks away.

Specifications of the Dell Ultrasharp UP3017Q
Panel 76.19cm (30-inch)
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 0.1 ms (black to white)
Brightness 300 cd/m² (typical)
0.0005 cd/m² (minimum)
Contrast 1000000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.1713 mm²
Pixel Density 147 ppi
Display Colors 1.07 billion
Color Gamut Support Adobe RGB: 100%
Rec 709: 100%
DCI-P3: 97.5%
Rec2020: 85.8%
Stand Tilt (5~21°),
pivot (+90°, -90°) and
height (100 mm) adjustable
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
1 × USB Type-C (DP 1.2. PD 100W).
Audio None
Launch Price $3499

The Dell UltraSharp UP3017Q is a 30-inch display with a 3840×2160 resolution, response time of 0.1ms, and is set to run at 60 Hz (not 120 Hz as some outlets originally reported). The monitor can reproduce 1.07 billion colors (in this case we assume 10-bit), it covers 100% of Adobe RGB color space as well as and 97.8% of DCI-P3 color space (used for digital movie projection by the U.S. movie industry and is expected to be adopted in televisions and in home cinema), and 85.8% of Rec2020. The manufacturer declares a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, due to the characteristic black of OLED displays.

The UltraSharp UP3017Q is a thin monitor with narrow bezels, but not remarkably thin like OLED TVs, due to the internal power supply unit as well as complex logic inside. The monitor features a mini DisplayPort (mDP) 1.2 connector, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a USB type-C port which can be used for video and data connectivity, as well as power delivery up to 100W.

The Emissive electroluminescent layer in an organic light-emitting diode is made of an organic compound that emits light in response to an electric current. The organic semiconductor layer is situated between two electrodes and does not require a backlight. As a result, it can display deep black levels unlike LCD panels which also use various kinds of backlighting. Curved TVs and monitors are also possible, since the emissive electroluminescent layer is very thin and can take different shapes.

While OLED technology can deliver deep blacks, high contrast ratio and exceptional colors, it is not free of drawbacks. Colors can shift over time, and the organic layer may degrade over prolonged amount of time. To keep the lifespan of the OLED panel maximized inside the UltraSharp UP3017Q, Dell originally advertised a special integrated presence detector into the front panel of the display, which switches the monitor off when nobody uses it, though it is not clear if this is still present. Another disadvantage of OLEDs is a possibility of static image burn-in. The UP3017Q has a special pixel-shifting technology to try and inhibit this.

The Dell UltraSharp 30 OLED monitor will cost $3499 and is available to order in the United States. The display at this point is only aimed at professionals that work in color-critical environments such as graphic arts and photography. However, due to the colors, contrast, and ultra-fast response time, the UltraSharp UP3017Q will be a dream display for gamers, prosumers and other users that value quality.

OLED panels are considerably more expensive to produce than modern LCD panels, partly because of lower yields. In 2015, an executive from LG Electronics said that yields of OLED panels had reached 80% and would continue to grow. At the International CES 2016, Kwon Bong-suk, the head of LG’s TV business, said that the company had cut prices of OLED TVs in the U.S. by 45% late in 2015. As a result, LG expected sales of OLED televisions to triple in 2016. Price reduction of OLED TVs indicates that production costs of organic light-emitting diode panels are going down. Perhaps, over time, the Dell UltraSharp UP3017Q will also become more affordable, or Dell will release an OLED display for a wider audience.

Original Source: @ChrisK101010

Source: Dell

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  • Diji1 - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - link

    I don't think you want to be 3 feet away from a 1000nit screen. Can't talk from experience though.
  • Gothmoth - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - link

    OLED displays just yet reach 1000 nits with the latest 2017 models.

    it´s not as if this is the norm for OLED displays.
    OLED´s have in fact a problem with peak brightness..
  • hechacker1 - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - link

    You wouldn't, except in a very bright environment (outside). Or for peak HDR specular brightness.

    The Apple Watch has a 1000 nit screen for this reason.
  • Frenetic Pony - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - link

    Direct sunlight produces over 30k nits. 1k is absolutely nothing.
  • Kamus - Friday, April 21, 2017 - link

    1000 nits is just peak brightness for highlights. the APL remains similar to SDR calibrated to 100-150 nits.

    The biggest deal about HDR is the grading. grading past 100 nits makes colors look very different, even on displays that can "just" hit 400 nits peak brightness.
  • Kevin G - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - link

    The backlight controls the brightness in traditional displays. That is why you can get some insane brightness off certain setups. For example, I've personally used a display that can do over 2000 nits of brightness and the best description I can give is that I feel like I'm getting a tan using it.
  • Gothmoth - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - link

    1000 nits oled?

    you may check you facts.....
  • fanofanand - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - link

    Rtings tested the LG b6 and got 787 nits sustained in a 10% window. They are getting there.
  • Meteor2 - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - link

    Nice to see USB Type-C being done properly, i.e. with DP and PD, enabling a one-cable connection to a MacBook Pro or similar.

    I don't quite get how it shows 100% Adobe RGB but 97.5% P3, given that the former covers much more of the human colour vision gamut.
  • ZeDestructor - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - link

    Neither AdobeRGB nor DCI-P3 are subsets of the other, so you can easily have 100% coverage of one and not the other.

    In theory Rec.2020 should cover both, and ACES2065-1 (ACES AP0, more reading here: should cover every visible colour, and then some.

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