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Gigabyte releases 55-inch Android-based gaming monitor

Gigabyte releases 55-inch Android-based gaming monitor

Gigabyte's latest gaming product seems to be aimed at console gamers rather than PC gamers, as the S55U gaming monitor is a rather odd device when it comes to specifications.First, it features a 54.6-inch Quantum Dot VA panel with 4K resolution that is said to deliver a typical 500 cd/m² and a peak brightness of 1500 cd/m², as well as a 5000:1 contrast ratio.
That's thanks to array-based LED backlighting, though Gigabyte only used 132 zones, which is the lowest number of zones we've seen to date.It has a 120 Hz refresh rate and an average response time of 5 ms, though Gigabyte also specifies a minimum response time of 2 ms.
The panel is said to deliver 140 percent sRGB color space and 96 percent DCI-P3.
It also supports FreeSync Premium, VRR and ALLM, which means there should be no gaps in gaming.
Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG HDR standards are also part of the package.Since the S55U is not a TV, it has two HDMI 2.1 ports, both capable of 48 Gbps signals, and two HDMI 2.0 ports, but it lacks DisplayPort.
Other connectivity options consist of two USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) ports, one downstream and one upstream, one USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, a Toslink jack and an unspecified Ethernet jack.
There's also built-in WiFi and Bluetooth support, as well as a pair of 10-watt speakers.
Even though the S55U is not a TV, the S55U runs on an uninstalled version of what looks like Android TV, and is said to support Chromecast, Google Assistant and, more importantly, Google Play.As for the software, it supports a number of Gigabyte gaming monitor features, such as sight stabilizer, black EQ, crosshair and screen timers.
Gigabyte has also added a number of different display presets depending on content, both in SDR and several HDR modes, though Dolby Vision and HDR10+ don't seem to support any gaming mode.The included remote control has buttons for direct access to Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and Google Play, as well as Google Assistant.
It also has a pair of customizable shortcut buttons, as well as one for on-screen crosshairs.
There's no word on pricing, but it will likely cost more than most 55-inch TVs that don't use an OLED panel.

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