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This is generalizing things a bit, but not that long ago it seemed like the monitor market was stuck in a rut with options limited to low-end models, mid-range offerings, high-quality IPS panels, and the granddaddy of them all, a 30-inch monster with a 2560×1600 resolution. Times have changed.

Those options still exist, but they’re also surrounded with even more choices, sizes, and technologies. The buzz around 4K seems to have awoken monitor makers, which not only responded with a variety of 4K models, but also fancy technologies like G-Sync and FreeSync, along with curved screens and so on.

So, what’s in store for 2016? The folks at TFT did some digging at AU Optronics, LG Display, and Samsung to find out (credit to Fudzilla for the heads up).

The information from AU Optronics was fairly limited, though it was discovered that it’s bringing 30-inch and 35-inch ultra-wide curved panels in the third and second quarters of this year, respectively. Both will be of the VA variety and feature a 3440×1440 resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate, a first for that resolution.

“This would push things beyond DP 1.2 bandwidth limitations as we understand it, so this might require the forthcoming DP 1.3 interface to be practical,” TFT says.

As for LG Display, it’s forging ahead with more borderless neo-blade panels. These will be different sizes, among them 23.8 inches, 27 inches, and 31.5 inches. But the biggest treat is its LM375UW1 panel—it’s 37.5 inches in size and will offer a 3840×1600 resolution, giving it a 2:4:1 aspect ratio, perfect for watching Blu-ray flicks.

Finally, Samsung is planning a 31.5-inch curved display with a 2560×1440 (QHD) resolution and 144Hz refresh rate in the third quarter. While not confirmed, it’s believed it will be an SVA panel.

Samsung also plans to release 41-inch and 49-inch panels, though it’s not known if those will be big size monitors or TVs.

What about 8K? Samsung’s on it with a 31.5-inch 8K4K (7680×4320) resolution monitor planned for the third quarter.

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