Dell appears set to add a new 30" monitor to its stable. Pictures of a boxed "U3011" appeared earlier this week, and TFT Central now claims to have specifications for the upcoming model. Reportedly, the U3011 will share the 2560x1600 display resolution of its 3008WFP forebear, and Dell will use an H-IPS display from LG that offers ten bits of color per channel—two more than the panels in Dell's current 30" monsters. The U3011 is said to have a higher contrast ratio and quicker grey-to-grey response times than the 3008WFP, as well, although the new model doesn't look to be any brighter than the old one.
As one might expect from what will no doubt be an expensive display, the U3011 ripples with connectivity. In addition to dual DVI and HDMI ports, users can expect DisplayPort, VGA, and even component inputs. TFT Central says the U3011 is slated for an October release, but official pricing has yet to be revealed. Not that you should be overly concerned with this monitor's list price. Dell displays routinely benefit from deep discounts, and the U3011 probably won't be an exception to that rule.
If the incoming U3011 replaces either of Dell's existing 30" offerings—the 3007WFP and 3008WFP—the outgoing model could be available at bargain basement prices. Upgrading the Benchmarking Sweatshop's meager monitor array may soon become dangerously tempting. (Thanks to Engadget for the tip.)