AU Optronics announces 85-inch 4K panel with 240 Hz refresh rate

Published: Sep 19th 2021, 09:13 GMT   Comments

85-inch panel for big format TVs?

An interesting annoucement from AUO.

AU Optronics has unveiled an 85-inch TV panel with a refresh rate of up to 240 Hz, claims the article on DigiTimes.

The article on DT is quite dry on details, but there appears to be more information on DisplaySpecifications. The site claims that the panel has 96% of DCI-P3 color space coverage. It is also covered with an anti-reflection layer.

This 85-inch panel with a resolution of 4K is clearly targeting gamers. The announcement reveals that the panel will have a dynamic refresh rate of up to 240 Hz, way beyond what super-expensive gaming monitors currently offer, usually 144 Hz.

The enablement of 240Hz will require the latest connectivity standards such as HDMI 2.1 or DisplayPort 2.0, but the former will require DSC (Display Stream Compression) to achieve such a frequency. The HDMI 2.1 supports 4K 144Hz without DSC, but 240Hz goes past the connector’s 42.6 Gbit/s bandwidth by 12.64 Gbit/s. The DisplayPort 2.0, which is not yet available in any consumer monitor will need at least UHMR 13.5 transmission mode (52.22 Gbit/s), but the HDR will only with UHBR20 (77.37 Gbit/s).

The announcement does not reveal any further specifications, such as panel type or the Variable Refresh Rate technology that it may support (such as G-Sync). In fact, the AUO website does not even list such a panel type on the official website. The first product featuring such a panel may be months if not years from the release. Not to mention, they would cost a lot of money.

Source: DigiTimes, DisplaySpecifications

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