Currently there are several 4K options on the market – models using the higher end IGZO displays such as the Dell Ultrasharp 32” 4K (UP3214Q, $3500) or the ASUS PQ321Q ($3500, our review) are currently attracting the most attention.  From my perspective (and a few others), 32” is just too large for a desktop monitor and while 4K seems attractive, something smaller (27”) would be more palatable.  In comes Dell, who has leaked through their Belize website, the next generation 24” UHD Monitor, the UP2414Q.  (Interesting enough it is also mentioned on their US website, through the compatibility list of a sound bar.)

Putting arguments aside about OS scaling and whether someone needs 4K in a 24 inch monitor, the specifications do make for interesting reading:

- 3840 x 2160 in 24 inches = 183.58 pixels per inch, compared to 204 for the IBM T220/T221 and 137.6 for a 32” UHD
- 178º/178º Viewing Angle
- 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB (G-B LED backlight we assume)
- Factory Calibrated to Delta-E < 2
- 10-bit, 1.07 billion colors
- HDMI, DisplayPort, mini-DP, four USB 3.0 and 6-in-1 card reader

Of course, information is limited.  Other reports online list this as an IPS panel, although that is ultimately unverifiable at this point in time - we can only speculate that a 24" high end panel is finally making its way through the chain.  The 32” UP3214Q from Dell is only 30Hz at full resolution unless you use DisplayPort 1.2a + MST (Chris is testing this monitor as I type), so one might assume that the 24” panel would be the same.

Price and release date not announced – given that the 32” models are around $3500, the offset of a smaller cut of panel against the increased difficulty in creating it might be the competing factors here.

Update: We have some information, direct from Dell's new US website page for the UP2414Q:

Display

Diagonally Viewable Size:
60.47 cm
23.8" (23.8-inch wide viewable image size)
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen (16:9)
Panel Type, Surface:
In-plane switching, anti glare with hard coat 3H
Optimal resolution:
3840 x 21601 at 60 Hz (DP1.2*)
3840 x 21601 at 30 Hz HDMI
Contrast Ratio:
1000: 1 (typical)
2 Million:1 (Max) (Dynamic Contrast Ratio)
Brightness:
350 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time:
8 ms (gray to gray)
Viewing Angle:
(178° vertical / 178° horizontal)
Color Support:
Color Gamut (typical): Adobe RGB 99%, sRGB 100%
1.07 Billion colors (8 Bits +AFRC)
Pixel Pitch:
0.137 mm
Pixel Per Inch (PPI):
185
Backlight Technology:
LED
Display Type:
Widescreen Flat Panel Display
Display Screen Coating:
Antiglare with hard-coating 3H

Connectivity

1 HDMI connector
1 Mini DisplayPort
1 DisplayPort (version 1.2a)
4 USB 3.0 ports - Downstream (4 at the back, 1 with battery charging)
1 USB 3.0 port - Upstream
1 Media Card Reader
 

Stand

Height-adjustable stand, tilt, swivel, pivot and built in cable-management
Flat Panel Mount Interface:
VESA (100 mm)
 

Built-in Devices

USB 3.0 Hi-Speed Hub (with 1 USB upstream port and 4 USB downstream ports)
 

Size and Weight

Dimensions with stand (H x W x D):
14.61" ~ 19.75" (371.1 mm ~ 501.7 mm) x 22.40" (569.0 mm) x 7.56" (192.0 mm)
Dimensions without stand (H x W x D):
13.33" (338.5 mm) x 22.40" (569.0 mm) x 2.22" (56.3 mm)
Preset Display Area(H X V):
527.04 mm x 296.46 mm
20.7" x 11.7"
Weight (panel only - for VESA mount):
4.8 kg (10.58 lbs)
Weight (with packaging):
10.0 kg (22.05 lbs)

Update 2:  Pricing has just been announced due to an official Dell press release:

Availability and Pricing 
The Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD Monitor (UP3214Q) is available globally starting at $3,499. The Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitor (UP2414Q) is now available in the Americas, starting at $1,399. It will be available worldwide on December 16. The UltraSharp 28 Ultra HD Monitor (P2815Q) will be available in early 2014. 

$1400 ?! Can I sign up for a few? That matches the recent batch of IBM T221 models that were sold on ebay this year. For a long while we were expecting some pricing north of $2500, but at $1400 I am actually amazed.

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  • et20 - Sunday, December 01, 2013 - link

    This is excellent news.
    As the marketing images show, it's targetted at professional users so the price will likely be very high.
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  • dragonsqrrl - Sunday, December 01, 2013 - link

    A company finally has the balls to buy the panels and bring something like this to market. Dell has a long history of excellent monitors, so I have no doubts about build or image quality. My only concern is price. If Dell can price this at ~$1000 I think that would be a really compelling buy and a huge step in the right direction, but somehow I think that's just a little too optimistic. Current 10-bit 24in 1920x1200 monitors with similar color specs are already priced at ~$1000.

    But regardless, big props to Dell for doing this. This is exactly what I think most people have been wanting to see, smaller (24/27in), higher PPI, high-end desktop monitors.
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  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Sunday, December 01, 2013 - link

    Dell's own wide-gamut 1920x1200 offering is currently on sale for $380...I had a suspicion that there had to be a reason to price it so low, and this looks like it. Reply
  • dragonsqrrl - Sunday, December 01, 2013 - link

    Not sure what monitor you're referring to. If you're talking about either the U2412M or the U2414H, neither of those use 10-bit panels. The U2413 uses a 10-bit panel, but it's currently $500 after an instant rebate (MSRP $600). Still, that's a really good deal for a wide color gamut 24in monitor, and I actually wasn't even aware of its existence.

    The 10-bit monitors from companies like EIZO and NEC are typically in the $1000+ range. We use the NEC PA241W in my program, and they look amazing. The current gen PA242W goes for ~$1000.
    Reply
  • genzai - Sunday, December 01, 2013 - link

    Dell has been running a promo for the last few days (ends 12/6 I think) that takes the U2413 down to $379. I just picked one up. Check techbargains for the coupon code.
    g\
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  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Monday, December 02, 2013 - link

    What genzai said. I have the predecessor (U2410) and it's been a great monitor. The U2413 would be a steal at it's current price, but I just can't see settling for less than 2560x1440 at this point when I do finally buy (a) new screen(s). Reply
  • dragonsqrrl - Monday, December 02, 2013 - link

    Hey that's the same monitor I have. Love it. And thanks for the info about the dell coupons, genzai/old_Fogie. Reply
  • xerosleep - Sunday, December 01, 2013 - link

    32" is perfect for me if it was 4k. 24" is just to small even at 1080p. That is what I'm on now. It's nice but I stuck a 32" in front of me and it felt just awesome. But it was a TV and I wanted a bit higher res and quality. I'd think people doing work or games would rarely choose a 24" over a 32". Reply
  • jeffkibuule - Sunday, December 01, 2013 - link

    24" is more ideal more people with multi-monitor setups, especially people who need a monitor to be portrait instead of landscape. Rotating a 32" monitor into portrait means you'll be actively moving your head up and down to read the entire screen.

    I'm really hoping there is a serious premium on the 32" such that the 24" version is far more affordable, much like how the 27" was pretty expensive for several years compared to a 24" 1080p monitor with a similar DPI.
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  • teiglin - Sunday, December 01, 2013 - link

    I definitely agree, I am very happy with 3x24" rather than 2x30"; while I haven't tried 3x30", it seems like it might be just too much (though I guess you could just move the monitors further back and achieve a similar effect).

    Unfortunately this will probably be a seriously premium product--I'd be surprised at under $2k and could easily see it being $5k. Given both that it's an extremely high-quality display (wide viewing angles, high gamut, factory calibration) and that it will be in a class completely its own, it's unreasonable to expect them to price it very aggressively. What is heartening is that the product class exists now, so the panel costs will gradually come down and hopefully within a year or two there will be sub-$1k panels available, even if only cheap Korean knockoffs.

    I do wonder if 4k adoption will really take off in the mainstream, though. Content is still sparse at best, and even when it exists people will have no way to get it onto their TVs--internet pipes may be getting fatter but ISPs are also getting more aggressive about bandwidth caps, which leaves a new generation of optical discs I guess. Regardless, I don't see these things in the next few years, which means it's all early adopter prices. /sadface
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