LG have this week announced their forthcoming 38GL950G display, set to be showcased at CES 2019 between 8 – 11 January in Las Vegas. We already brought you the news of the planned IPS panel developments from LG.Display earlier this year in October, at which point we had some information about the exciting new 37.5″ panel that is to be used here – the LM375QW2. This week’s announcement of the 38GL950G marks the first screen that will make use of the new LG.Display IPS panel.
The new screen is 37.5″ in size with a 24:10 aspect ratio and curved format. It has a 3840 x 1600 resolution, providing a little more horizontal and vertical resolution space than the common 34 – 35″ sized 3440 x 1440 res models our there. Most interesting of all is that the new panel allows support for a native 144Hz refresh rate, and the screen has been combined with NVIDIA G-sync for variable refresh rate support. The official LG “coming soon” page also lists a 175Hz overclocked refresh rate which is exciting news.
There are DisplayPort and HDMI connections provided, and to power the screen at this resolution and refresh rate this must be using the v2 G-sync module with DP 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 versions.
In other specs the screen has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 450 cd/m2 typical brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and a 98% DCI-P3 colour space. This is using LG.Display’s latest ‘Nano IPS‘ generation of panel with a KSF LED backlight, offering a wider gamut than traditional LED backlights. It’s not talked about in the official press release but from the LG.Display panel roadmap we are expecting this new panel to be VESA DisplayHDR 600 certified, originally in fact planned to be HDR 1000 but since updated to the lower spec. We may therefore see a 600 cd/m2 peak brightness spec for the 38GL950G by the time specs are finalised, including some form of edge-lit local dimming for HDR uses. That remains to be seen, as it is not listed in the press release at the moment, and perhaps may be too much of a challenge, or too expensive, to get working with the G-sync module here.
The 38GL950G also provides some common LG gaming screen features like the Sphere lighting system on the back of the screen, Black stabilizer modes, crosshair settings and the likes. There is a 2 port USB 3.0 hub and headphone jack provided also, and the stand is expected to offer tilt and height (110mm) adjustments.
There is no current word on release date or price, but the latest information we had on the panel development was an expected mass production in Q2 2019, so we wouldn’t expect to see this screen available until the second half of next year.
Update 26/4/19 – update from LG is that this screen will be a normal G-sync module screen as expected, currently anticipated to be released around Sept 2019 in the UK at least. There is a FreeSync version planned for later, but not likely to appear until 2020.