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Philips’ curved 49-inch monitor is getting a UHD upgrade for its US debut

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How does a 5120 x 1440 resolution sound?

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Philips has announced that it’s bringing the Brilliance 492P8 curved 49-inch monitor to the United States in Q4 2018 — with an upgraded QHD display. It’s not the first 49-inch curved computer monitor (that honor goes to the Samsung CHG90, released last year), but with a 5120 x 1440 display, it’s the highest resolution we’ve seen in a 32:9 form factor yet.

The Brilliance 492P8 was originally announced at IFA last summer with a more pedestrian 3840 x 1080 display, similar to the Samsung CHG90, but it seems that Philips has decided to up the ante for the Brilliance 492P8’s US debut.

Philips seems to be focusing the Brilliance 492P8 for productivity, rather than gaming; there’s no mention of support for either AMD’s FreeSync or Nvidia’s G-Sync, or what the response time or refresh rate are. Philips is offering some information on specs, promising a 1800R curvature, up to 600 nits brightness, and up to 5000:1 contrast ratio. The port selection is also promising, with DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C, VGA, USB 3.0, and Ethernet all supported.

There’s no word yet on price or exact release date, but expect to pay an oversized price for the oversized display when it launches sometime at the end of the year.