AU Optronics is one of the largest monitor panel manufacturers, along with the LG Display and Samsung Display. But this year had problems with its HDR compatible 4K and 144 Hz AHVA panels. They are the ones that will be used on the monitors with G-SYNC HDR and have all been delayed to 2018.
AU Optronics G-SYNC HDR DisplayPort
These panels are used on monitors that will need a DisplayPort 1.4 connection – Polaris and Pascal graphics cards on. Its production is now expected to begin in November 2017. And arrive in the hands of monitor manufacturers and the market in the first quarter of 2018. That includes the Acer Predator X35 and the Asus PG27UQ. These panels will have a quantum dot type, with 384 independent lighting zones. And will cover 95% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.
AU Optronics GPU Support
Other panels it has in development is one that will interest the growing number of players who have the equipment to play with monitors of high refresh rates. But that 1080p and 240 Hz are short for their GTX 1080 Ti or multi-card arrangements. For them, AUO is developing a TN panel with QHD resolution and refresh 240 Hz. It will be ready for production on the 2018 T2, along with at least one 25 “curved and 240 Hz 1080p panel. That will be on T3 2018.
AU Optronics Max Brightness
Some of them will include 600 nits of brightness, which is enough for the HDR used by AMD. So it will not be HDR for real, but still, it is a quality improvement. They will also improve the color quality, try to reach 90 or 95% of the DCI-P3 range, and even the response time. That is passing the TN of the current 5 ms of change from white to black – not the usual 1 ms G2G indicated in the specifications – at 3 ms, and in the AHVA of the 14 ms white-black at 10 ms.
AU Optronics Max Resolution
The curved panoramic panels will also be fitted with at least two 35-inch VAs of 120 and 200 Hz with a resolution of 3440 × 1440 pixels coming into production in January and the T2 of 2018 respectively. They will have 600 to 1000 nits of brightness, 90% DCI-P3 and zone lighting. That will allow some compatibility with HDR. In the case of the 200 Hz model, you will have illumination in 512 zones with 1000 nits.
AU Optronics 4K UHD and HDR
Finally, the expert panels include 32 inches 4K UHD with HDR. Also, it is supported by a brightness of 1000 nits and 384 lighting zones plus 95% DCI-P3. This VA board goes into production in November. There is a latest developing panel that is 32-inch VA with QHD and HDR resolution. That will go into production on T3 of 2018 and refresh from 60 to 165 Hz.