Dell has formally announced a new range of Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD) monitors, after details regarding its impending launch leaked ahead of schedule last week.

Designed for professionals with deep pockets and extending the company's UltraSharp range, the company promises that the two initial models - the Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD with its 31.5" diagonal and the more compact Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD with a 23.8" diagonal - both boast accurate colour reproduction across 99 per cent of the AdobeRGB gamut. It's the resolution that will attract buyers, though, with both displays offering an impressive 3840x2160 native resolution - four times greater than a Full HD display.

As you might expect from monitors aimed at the professional market, Dell promises Delta-E<2 factory calibration, support for a 1.07 billion colour depth, a user-accessible hardware lookup table for fine-tuning, and support for the optional X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter. Both include HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports and a six-in-one card reader as standard, along with a tilt, swivel and height adjustable stand.

Sadly, these features come at a price: the UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD, which features an in-plane switching (IPS) panel based on indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO) materials, sits at an eye-raising $3,499.99 (around £2,136 excluding taxes) for its world-wide launch; the smaller UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD, with an as-yet unspecified panel type, is priced at $1,399.99 (around £855, excluding taxes) for its American-specific launch with world-wide availability planned for the 16th of December.

The company has also promised a third entry in the range, designed for those on tighter budgets. The UltraSharp 28 Ultra HD will feature the same 3840x2160 resolution as its pro-grade brethren but in a consumer-level 28" panel - bringing the price down to under $1,000 (around £610, excluding taxes.) No formal launch date has been provided, beyond a vague promise of early 2014.

'We are excited to announce Ultra High Definition monitors in sizes and price points that will be compelling to customers seeking higher resolution,' claimed Bert Park, vice president and general manager of Dell's displays and client peripherals division. 'Today’s announcement reinforces how Dell has led in product innovation by making the latest monitor technologies available to everyone, regardless of their usage or budget.'

At the time of writing, the UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD had not gone live on Dell's UK site but was expected to do so in the very near future.

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