If you've been eyeing to upgrade your display to UHD and have been saving up to purchase a 4K monitor (3840x2160 pixel resolution), then you might want to put your decision on hold until the end of this year. According to Intel, 4K monitors will get really affordable by this year end's holiday shopping season.
Why? Because Intel wants to enrich your computing experience with beautiful high pixel density displays. With the proliferation of high resolution cameras in smartphones and 4K video cameras eventually becoming mainstream, there's really no excuse to keep display resolutions at its current state. Even mobile phones are getting into the QHD (2560x1440) space while desktops are still currently stuck comfortably at full HD resolution (and below). Moreover, Intel's latest processors with its integrated HD graphics will support up to 4K display resolutions, so there's no reason why we shouldn't be maximizing the processor's full potential.
At Computex today, Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, told us that they have been collaborating with panel manufacturers like Samsung to deliver lower cost 4K panels to the marketplace. The collaboration has resulted in decently sized 23.6-inch 4K PLS monitors costing as low US$399. Although cheaper, these are high quality panels using newer PLS (Plane to Line Switching) technology that touts better viewing angle, improved brightness and better image quality. Monitor manufacturers like ViewSonic and TPV have already committed to bringing these products into market by year end and we suspect more brands will follow suit. Based on current 4K monitors costing anywhere between US$850 to as much as US$2,500 in retail, we think it's really worth the wait.
In addition to 4K monitors, these panels will also make its way into All-in-One (AIO) products, enabling rich ultra HD graphics in these compact Intel Core-based systems. These new AIOs are projected to cost as low as US$999 and will also be available in time for the holiday season. Manufacturers such as MSI, ECS and Mitac have AIO products lined up at these price points, so do look out for these if you've been considering to get one.