Philips (or TP Vision) had already vaguely announced the new 49" monitor 498P9 in March for the summer, now it is clear that it will be launched in August. The 498P9 is the successor of the Philips 499P9H9, which was introduced about a year ago. The ultra-wide curved (1,800R) display with 5K dual QHD resolution in 32:9 format (i.e. 5,120 x 1,440 pixels) aims to replace multi-monitor setups (such as two 27" WQHD monitors) and thus provide a large continuous gap-free work surface. A disadvantage of the 32:9 format, however, is the low picture height of 1,440 pixels, which doesn&t allow a native display of FullHD, let alone 4K.
The 8-bit VA panel supports the NTSC color space at 103%, the sRGB at 121% and the Adobe RGB at 91% (more about color spaces in our Guidebook article:Color spaces and what they mean for filmmakers ) - it also meets the specifications of the DisplayHDR400 standard with a brightness of 450 cd/m². But the low brightness means that the 498P9 can display not real HDR. The display has a contrast ratio of 3000:1, a response time of 5 ms (gray to gray) and can display variable refresh rates using Adaptive Sync.
Like its predecessor, the Philips 498P9 has a DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI2.0 ports and a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 interface. If this is used, the integrated USB 3.1 docking station allows USB peripherals such as mouse, keyboard and Gigabit Ethernet to be accessed via the monitor - very practical for the mobile use of a notebook, which then only needs one cable connection and is also supplied with power (up to 65W).
Two separate PCs with a monitor-keyboard-mouse setup can be operated via the likewise integrated multiclient KVM switch. For optimum ergonomics, it can be rotated, tilted and adjusted in height - unusual for a monitor of this size. The LowBlue mode and "flicker-free" technology, which is intended to prevent flickering, are used to protect the eyes.
The Philips 498P9 will be on the market in August at a price of around 950 euro.