Gaming monitors are getting bigger and bigger and less different from regular TVs, at least on the outside. In May, we learned about LG’s intentions to release 48-inch gaming OLED monitor, and now Gigabyte in its gaming brand Aorus has announced a new model S55U. It is a 55″ 4K monitor… running Android TV.
The director of marketing Aorus calls the Gigabyte S55U the largest gaming monitor in the world, but this is not entirely true: for example, Philips in the Momentum line for some time also has at least one model with a similar diagonal – the 558M1RY. However, it does seem to be the biggest diagonal in gaming models, at least for now.
The Gigabyte S55U has great gaming specs: it uses a 54.6″ diagonal 10-bit VA panel with quantum dot backlighting and 4K resolution. The refresh rate is 120 Hz, there is support for AMD FreeSync Premium adaptive frequency. The response time is 2 ms (GtG), the color coverage covers 96% of the DCI-P3 space (140% of sRGB). Static contrast is 5000:1, peak brightness can reach 1500 cd/m² (typical — 500 cd/m²), there is support for all major HDR standards: HDR10/10+, HLG, Dolby Vision. Also, the panel has a full backlight with zonal dimming (132 individual zones).
In general, the Gigabyte S55U is very similar to a regular 55-inch TV with a gaming panel, but the manufacturer has gone further and built the Android TV “smart shell” into the monitor, so it can be used even without a PC. Now, to become finally similar to a traditional TV, the monitor lacks only a TV tuner (the remote control is already included in the kit with a typical design optimized for use with Android TV).
Unfortunately, there is no information about the price or the estimated time of arrival on sale yet.