New Philips monitor serves up 4K on a 40" VA panel

Ever thought 32" 4K displays were just not big enough? Then Philips has you covered. As TFT Central reports, the company has unveiled a 4K monitor with a monster 40" panel size—and no, it's not a mislabeled TV. The Philips BDM4065UC has dual DisplayPort inputs (regular and MiniDP) in addition to dual HDMI ports, and it features a 60Hz refresh rate as well as a four-port USB 3.0 hub.

TFT Central has an overview of the specs, and the guys at the [H]ard|Forum have dug up a fact sheet with extra details. It looks like the BDM4065UC features an 8-bit VA panel with a 3840x2160 resolution, 5000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m² luminosity, sRGB color gamut, and 176° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. The display also has 7W stereo speakers, VESA mounting holes, and support for picture-in-picture mode (with two devices) and picture-by-picture mode (with four devices).

As TFT Central points out, this display is so large that its pixel pitch is closer to that of typical desktop panels. That means people should be able to enjoy a 4K desktop without having to put up with lackluster high-PPI support in some Windows apps. I'm not sure the tradeoff of having a giganto display on your desk is necessarily worth it, though.

The site quotes an "estimated street price" of £600 including VAT, which works out to $800 before tax on this side of the pond. The BDM4065UC is reportedly due out either in December or early next year.

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