AU Optronics (AUO) are one of the leading providers of monitor and display panels in the market, and have recently showcased some new innovations at the Touch Taiwan 2019 event at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center this week. Of particular interest to us are a couple of new Mini LED backlit displays, in 65″ and 32″ sizes and aimed at high refresh rate gaming.
65″ Gaming Display
First up is a new “Big Format Gaming Display” (BFGD) concept which is a massive 65″ in size, featuring a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 144Hz refresh rate and over 1000 local dimming zones. This is made possible thanks to the use of a Mini LED backlight unit, giving it a big boost in local dimming capability for HDR content compared with the current (although largely not even released yet) options with a 384-zone FALD backlight. We saw the first range of 65″ BFGD’s announced all the way back at CES 2018 with models from Asus, Acer and HP planned. Only the HP Omen X Emperium 65 has really started to appear so far with the Asus and Acer models likely to appear before too long.
This new panel development from AUO with a Mini LED backlight is likely to be some time away, but would represent the follow up development to the current FALD options. A peak brightness spec of 2500 cd/m2 is also mentioned in the press release, and we would expect this to be a VA technology panel like the FALD option is.
There is also a smaller – but probably more interesting for many users – 32″ panel planned with 3840 x 2160 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and again 1000+ local dimming zones thanks to the use of Mini LED. Again we are expecting a FALD version to appear sooner though with fewer dimming zones, and we haven’t even seen monitors emerge yet using that option. The last info we had was that the FALD version of the panel was expected to be in production during Q4 2019.
We had seen some early roadmap information about a Mini LED option with an expected production date of Q1 2020 although don’t be surprised if that slips given the FALD version hasn’t even appeared yet. A peak brightness of 1500 cd/m2 is mentioned for this one, and we would expect it to be an IPS-type panel.