Seiki adjusts plans for 4K desktop monitors

— 10:04 AM on January 12, 2015

This summer, affordable HDTV maker Seiki announced that it was getting into the monitor business with a trio of 28-40" displays boasting VA panels, 12-bit color, and both HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.3 connectivity. Those displays were supposed to arrive in the first quarter of this year, but Seiki's plans have apparently changed. At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, the company revealed that units with HDMI 2.0 and DP 1.3 hotness aren't coming until Q2.

Seiki still has 4K desktop monitors scheduled for this quarter, though. These variants appear to have the same 12-bit VA panels as the delayed displays, but they'll only be available in 32" and 40" sizes. Although refresh rates aren't mentioned in the press release, support for DisplayPort 1.2 should open the door to 4K output at 60Hz. Other connectivity includes HDMI 1.4, MHL 3.0, DVI, and VGA—none of which can handle the native 3840x2160 resolution at 60Hz.

The 32" SM32UNP and 40" SM40UNP will be sold under the Seiki Pro brand, but we don't know for how much. Seiki plans to reveal pricing information closer to the release date.

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