Intel, Samsung Team on Cheaper 4K Monitors

Tech giants Intel and Samsung are joining forces to bring the price of 4K panels to under $400 by the end of 2014. Even so, the 4K market may not explode because of the lack of available 4K content. The partnership and Intel's plan were introduced at Computex 2014, an annual industry event in Taipei.

Intel's own research has shown that the majority of people are still using 1080p monitors and the price reduction could convince them to move to 4K panels by the end of this year.

During Intel's announcement, the chip maker focused on its partnership with Samsung but it will also be working with other companies in the 4K display market. Budget monitors will come from partnerships between Intel, ViewSonic, and TPV rather than just one company.

Monitors And All-In-Ones

Affordable 4K monitors were at the center of Intel's announcement but Intel will also be working with companies like PC OEM MSI to come out with all-in-one desktops that could cost as little as $999. Intel refrained from mentioning any specific release dates, though the monitors and all-in-ones are on track to be released this year.

Intel is working with Samsung specifically to manufacture 23.6-inch PLS 4K panels. Those monitors will hit the $399 price point. which means that they will cost around 50 percent less than the PLS (plane-to-line switching) and IPS (in-plane switching) monitors currently on the market. The PLS displays are not low-quality, as they are generally regarded as being similar to IPS, which is at the top of the display market.

All-in-one desktops have received a surprisingly large amount of attention at Computex 2014 and Intel's announcement focused on them as well. The company said that 4K Intel-based, all-in-ones could be released by the end of this year at $999, which is just slightly more expensive than...

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