Samsung Keeps Professional Monitor Supply Tight

We saw Samsung’s UD970 LCD monitor at CES, and again at InfoComm (Display Monitor Vol 21 Nos 3 & 25). Now, the company has released the 31.5″ UltraHD model to the European market.

Designed for creative professionals, the UD970’s colour accuracy, picture quality and clarity are factory-calibrated. The calibration enables smooth colour gradation and clear colour in greyscale and white balance, says Samsung. The monitor covers 99.5% of the Adobe RGB gamut (apparently the only LED-backlit unit to do so) and features 10-bit colour and a built-in 16-bit look-up table. Delta E is <1.0.

Eight different colour presets are available, for various applications. For example, the dual colour mode can be used to show two different single-colour modes at the same time.

Due to its UltraHD resolution, the UD970 can show four windows at 1920 x 1080, using picture-by-picture mode. Alternatively, it can show two windows with inputs from different sources. A picture-in-picture mode is also supported.

Using an IPS (PLS) panel, the UD970 has a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 8ms response time. Brightness is 350 cd/m². DisplayPort (x2), HDMI, USB-A 3.0 (x4) and USB-B ports are featured.

Pricing is still to be announced. The UD970 will be sold exclusively through Samsung’s online store, for one month, when it is launched in October. Other retailers will then be able to distribute it from November onwards. Because it is such a premium model, we were told, Samsung will only have 30 units to sell in October.


We heard rumours of DCI and DICOM colour mode support at CES, and can now confirm the reports. The UD970 has Adobe RGB, sRGB, high brightness, EBU, SMPTE, DCI, DICOM and custom modes. (TA)