Next year, Philips will be releasing a double ultra-wide display dubbed as the Philips 492P8 with 3840×1080 screen resolution, 32:9 aspect ratio, and 49-inch curved panel.
The monitor is based on the same VA panel as Samsung’s CHG90 QLED display, but Philips’ model will be primarily intended for professional use, as the letter ‘P’ in the name indicates.
Full specifications about the Philips 492P8 haven’t yet been revealed, but we do know that its VA panel will deliver 178-degree viewing angles, up to 600nits of brightness and up to 5,000:1 contrast ratio.
Refresh rate and response time speed are also unknown, but since the monitor will be aimed at professionals, it wouldn’t make sense if it offered more than common 60Hz and up to 4ms response time speed.
Connector ports will include two HDMI, a DisplayPort, and a VGA which will be useful if you wish to connect an extra 1080p device and display it via Picture in Picture or Picture by Picture mode. Additionally, the Philips 492P8 will feature two USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port, and the USB-C for simultaneous data transfer, content streaming, and battery charging capacity.
Unlike the Samsung C49HG90, the Philips 492P8 won’t feature the quantum-dot technology for improved image quality, but rather standard sRGB color gamut.
Furthermore, Samsung’s model also offers AMD FreeSync 2 with HDR format support, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) speed. While this makes it appealing for gaming, its $1,500 price makes it one of the most expensive gaming monitors out there.
Price & Availability
Should nothing change about the Philips 492P8 prototype, the price will be around $1,075 while the release date is scheduled for Q2 2018.
Although the Philips 492P8 price is significantly lesser than the Samsung CHG90, it still seems a bit too high. Granted that a 49-inch screen will give you plenty of workspace to work with, for the same amount of money you could get at least four 1080p monitors for office work or just two for an equal productivity boost.
Alas, since nothing’s final yet, we will see if any changes to the Philips 492P8 by Q2 2018 will change our mind.