Gigabyte reveals 55-inch 4K gaming monitor with Android OS, 120Hz refresh rate, and more


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What just happened? Gigabyte has announced a new product that straddles the line between gaming monitor and television. Measuring a monstrous 55 inches, the 4K Gigabyte S55U offers a slew of compelling features that includes a 120Hz refresh rate, quantum dot tech, HDMI 2.1, and Android OS with Google Assistant and built-in Chromecast.

The Gigabyte S55U seems to offer something for all use cases. The HDMI 2.1 spec makes it ideal for those who want to get the most from their PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S consoles. It also uses the Android operating system, so you get a dedicated Google Assistant button on the remote and shortcuts for the YouTube, Google Play, Netflix, and Amazon Prime apps. It's a bit like Samsung's 43-inch Smart Monitor but with more of a gaming focus.

This is still a gaming monitor at heart, of course. That 55-inch panel uses VA technology alongside quantum dots to offer a more vibrant display with 96% DCI-P3/140% sRGB color space coverage and greater brightness and HDR effects.

Elsewhere, the Gigabyte S55U features 132 local dimming zones for enhanced contrast, 500cd / m2 standard and 1,500cd / m2 peak brightness, 2ms GTG (min) and 5ms GTG(avg.) response speeds, and a 5000:1 contrast ratio. One thing that may disappoint is that it comes with FreeSync Premium rather than G-Sync.

The monitor has plenty of support for HDR content—Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG—and audio is provided by two 10W Dolby Atmos/ DTS HD speakers along with an audio jack and optical fiber out.

Connectivity-wise, there are two HDMI 2.1 ports, two HDMI 2.0, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Downstream port, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Upstream port, one USB 2.0, one Ethernet, wireless 802.11ac, and Bluetooth.

Gigabyte hasn't revealed when the S55U will launch or the all-important price. It'll be interesting to see how it stacks up against our current favorite large-format 4K HDR monitor/TV, the 48-inch LG C1 OLED, which is available for around $1,000.

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I'd imagine it would need to be cheaper than LG's OLED offering, as that offers the majority of the features listed here, but with OLED tech thrown in, and it's a known good performer - I also don't really get why they made it 55 inches, as that is too big to use as a proper monitor, at least with other monitor's / TV's you canngo to a smaller size, along with using VA tech on a panel this large, which I don't imagine would be too great with the range in viewing angles you are going to get with a display of this size


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This is a Hisense U88G relabel as a Gigabyte, with slightly different back panel and bezel, but barely. I have this exact TV, pretty impressive all around unit, have still not tried out the VRR feature.