Philips debuts affordable 28” 4K UHD display at CES

by Felix Esser

posted Monday, January 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM EDT


One may see Ultra High Definition as the future of entertainment or not, but the fact of the matter is that the new 4K standard is beginning to really take off. While there may not be a lot of content available in 4K yet, the extra resolution certainly makes a lot of sense for people working in creative jobs such as photography, videography/cinematography, architecture and design. At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Philips has presented a new 28" monitor that sports 4K resolution and is surprisingly affordable.

For an estimated retail price of only US-$1,199, you'll get 28 inches of monitor real-estate with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 -- that's four times as many pixels as regular Full HD. And on a screen that large, it only makes sense to increase the pixel density and allow for much finer details to be displayed. Especially in the photography world, 4K displays or even 8K displays make a lot of sense‒much more so than for home entertainment where you'd need an exponentially larger screen to be able to make out any difference to Full HD due to the much greater viewing distance.

The Philips 288P6 monitor sports a TN LCD panel (so no IPS panel), W-LED illumination, a maximum brightness of 300 cd/m² and superb viewing angles of 170° horizontally and 160° vertically. It is said to be able to reproduce 1.07 billion colors with a color depth of 10 bit. As for connectivity, the device will come with VGA, Dual-link DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort ports as well as two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 plugs. An integrated MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) port lets you connect a smartphone, while MultiView allows you to use the 288P6 in conjunction with additional displays.

The Philips 288P6 28" 4K UHD monitor is expected to be available in spring 2014 with an MSRP of US-$1,199.