Monday, May 9th 2022

Gigabyte Launches 55-inch Android Powered Gaming Monitor

Gigabyte's latest gaming product seems to be aimed towards console gamers rather than PC gamers, as the S55U gaming monitor is quite an odd duck when it comes to the spec. For starters, it sports a 54.6-inch Quantum Dot VA panel with a 4K resolution, which is said to offer a typical brightness of 500 cd/m² and a peak brightness of 1500 cd/m², as well as a contrast ratio of 5000:1. This is thanks to array based LED backlight, although Gigabyte only has only gone for 132 zones, which is the lowest zone count we've seen to date. It has a refresh rate of 120 Hz and it has a response time of 5 ms on average, although Gigabyte also quotes a minimum response time of 2 ms. The panel is said to deliver 140 percent of the sRGB colour space and 96 percent of DCI-P3. It also supports FreeSync Premium, VRR and ALLM, which means gaming should be pretty much tear free. Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ and the HLG HDR standards are also part of the package.

However, as the S55U is a not-TV it has two HDMI 2.1 ports (one with eARC), both of which are capable of 48 Gbps signals, as well as two HDMI 2.0 ports, but it lacks a DisplayPort, making it just as PC friendly as your average TV. Other connectivity consists of a USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) port, a single USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, a Toslink connector and an unspecified Ethernet jack. There's also built-in support for WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as a pair of 10 W speakers. Despite not being a TV, the S55U runs an unspecified version of what appears to be Android TV and it's said to have support for Chromecast, the Google Assistant and maybe more importantly, Google Play.
On the software side, it sports a range of Gigabyte's gaming monitor features, such as Aim Stabilizer, Black Equalizer and on-screen crosshairs and timers. Gigabyte has also added a range of different display presets depending on the content, both in SDR and in multiple HDR modes, although Dolby Vision and HDR10+ doesn't seem to support any gaming mode. The supplied remote control appears to have direct access buttons for Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and Google Play, as well as the Google Assistant. It also has a pair of customisable shortcut buttons, as well as one for the on-screen crosshair. There's no word on pricing, but it'll most likely cost more than most 55-inch TVs that aren't using an OLED panel.
Source: Gigabyte
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52 Comments on Gigabyte Launches 55-inch Android Powered Gaming Monitor

#1
Chomiq
Why do I need Android in my monitor? It's a gimped TV with DP and no TV tuner.
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#2
TheLostSwede
ChomiqWhy do I need Android in my monitor? It's a gimped TV with DP and no TV tuner.
No DP, which is the problem.
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#3
mechtech
TheLostSwedeNo DP, which is the problem.
55” might be challenging to fit on most pc desks also
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#4
Tomorrow
And it will likely cost 1000+. Why should i get this subpar VA panel with measly 132 dimming zones when i can get a OLED for the same money?

Like i have said before. An LCD regardless if it's regular or Mini-LED should be under 1000. Above that OLED's will make them obsolete.
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#5
Chomiq
TheLostSwedeNo DP, which is the problem.
Hold up, no DP?! Then it makes absolutely no sense.
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#6
Tomorrow
ChomiqHold up, no DP?! Then it makes absolutely no sense.
This whole product makes no sense. Its like making a 27" TV with no HDMI.
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#7
TheLostSwede
mechtech55” might be challenging to fit on most pc desks also
And here I thought the PC desk was dead...
ChomiqHold up, no DP?! Then it makes absolutely no sense.
Yeah, exactly. Hence my point about this being for console gamers.
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#8
TheUn4seen
I read about all the the "modes" and "features" they cram into this poor thing and all I can think is how laggy and annoying it will be in actual usage. Lack of DP means it's hardly a monitor at all.
They got a truckload of unsold TVs, slapped a "GAMING" sticker on them and try to unload this rubbish.
TomorrowAnd it will likely cost 1000+. Why should i get this subpar VA panel with measly 132 dimming zones when i can get a OLED for the same money?

Like i have said before. An LCD regardless if it's regular or Mini-LED should be under 1000. Above that OLED's will make them obsolete.
I wouldn't want an OLED for desktop use at any price point, especially a high one. Kind of useless for actual work.
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#9
TheLostSwede
TomorrowThis whole product makes no sense. Its like making a 27" TV with no HDMI.
SCART hater!
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#10
Chomiq
TheLostSwedeAnd here I thought the PC desk was dead...


Yeah, exactly. Hence my point about this being for console gamers.
Good luck to GB selling it to console gamers, for that amount of money they can get proper OLED.
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#11
TheLostSwede
ChomiqGood luck to GB selling it to console gamers, for that amount of money they can get proper OLED.
But it has Quantum Dots!
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#12
Tomorrow
TheUn4seenI read about all the the "modes" and "features" they cram into this poor thing and all I can think is how laggy and annoying it will be in actual usage. Lack of DP means it's hardly a monitor at all.
They got a truckload of unsold TVs, slapped a "GAMING" sticker on them and try to unload this rubbish.


I wouldn't want an OLED for desktop use at any price point, especially a high one. Kind of useless for actual work.
Then you buy an LCD below 1000. And why and for what kind of work is OLED useless?
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#13
SOAREVERSOR
mechtech55” might be challenging to fit on most pc desks also
Like a tiny desk sure. I'd have no problem even with space on the side for large studio monitors and some extra. That's not the issue with this.

The issue is that if you are using it on a desk you are sitting way to close to it for 55 to make any sort of logical sense.
TomorrowThen you buy an LCD below 1000. And why and for what kind of work is OLED useless?
Burn in. It's happened on laptops already.
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#14
Tomorrow
SOAREVERSORBurn in. It's happened on laptops already.
Not the same thing. Besides since 2018 LG has made great progress towards minimizing this risk. Not that i would recommend displaying a white excel sheet 24/7. Samsung QD-OLED is even better due to it's architecture and guaranteed 3 year burn in warranty replacement.
TomorrowNot the same thing. Besides since 2018 LG has made great progress towards minimizing this risk. Not that i would recommend displaying a white excel sheet 24/7. Samsung QD-OLED is even better due to it's architecture and guaranteed 3 year burn in warranty replacement.
Besides i will add that there has been movement toward dark mode's on OS level and in apps/programs that further mitigate burn in risk. Tho some are still stubborn to implement this system wide (looking at you Microsoft).
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#15
bug
TomorrowNot the same thing. Besides since 2018 LG has made great progress towards minimizing this risk. Not that i would recommend displaying a white excel sheet 24/7.
That's actually not a problem. With lots of white displayed, OLED will limit max brightness quite a bit, so it's going to take a loong while to burn in.
Besides, anything over 120 nits constantly, will not be good for your eyes. Make that 150-180 nits in a very bright room, and you're still in comfortable territory for OLED.
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#16
noel_fs
why do you call it launch when there isnt even a princing

anyway, with 132 zones there is no way its gonna be competitive with samsung qn90


unless its a lot cheaper which lets be honest, it wont
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#17
TheLostSwede
noel_fswhy do you call it launch when there isnt even a princing

anyway, with 132 zones there is no way its gonna be competitive with samsung qn90


unless its a lot cheaper which lets be honest, it wont
Because they launched it. It was shown at CES, but now it's a real product. Just because you can't buy it, doesn't make it less of a real product.
Also, about 80 percent of all press releases that announces new products as launched, don't include pricing.
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#18
TheDeeGee
55 Inch Gaming "Monitor".

Gigabyte knows a "Monitor" is suppost to be used on a desk? I guess Gigabyte uses desks with a depth of 4 meters?
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#19
konga
At least when Gigabyte rebadged the C1, they added DP and other typical monitor features. This one is just baffling, though.

Has anyone announced a monitor using the 42" C2 panel yet?
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#20
Durvelle27
ChomiqWhy do I need Android in my monitor? It's a gimped TV with DP and no TV tuner.
Android is by far the best OS on a display like this

I have 3 android TVs in my home and they are so much better than other other TV OS

Plus having HDMI over DP is more versatile. Every console and PC has HDMI
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#21
SOAREVERSOR
Durvelle27Android is by far the best OS on a display like this

I have 3 android TVs in my home and they are so much better than other other TV OS

Plus having HDMI over DP is more versatile. Every console and PC has HDMI
Modern consoles sure have the right version of HDMI, not all PCs do.
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#22
Durvelle27
SOAREVERSORModern consoles sure have the right version of HDMI, not all PCs do.
All current gen GPUs have HDMI 2.1 and so do current gen PCs with IGPs

A display like this would be targeted at those users like myself.

as if you have a older PC 4K120Hz won't be your target. Even if limited to 4K60 you'd only need HDMI 2.0 which from even back to the GTX 9xx series and AMD RX 4xx Series supports
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#23
CallandorWoT
OLED is just so affordable now, and relatively safe for the casual user. There is just no reason to do anything other than OLED these days.
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#24
AsRock
TPU addict
ChomiqWhy do I need Android in my monitor? It's a gimped TV with DP and no TV tuner.
Adding BS were it's not needed, i hope i have not got one of the last of the larger monitors which do not depend on Android or a like crap. It was one reason i did not want a TV.
TheLostSwedeNo DP, which is the problem.
Yes that's a issue too more so for older video cards, even DP1.4 would of been good enough.
mechtech55” might be challenging to fit on most pc desks also
Desk, get the dam thing on the wall.
TheLostSwedeSCART hater!
Now your just showing your age ha.
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#25
TheLostSwede
Durvelle27All current gen GPUs have HDMI 2.1 and so do current gen PCs with IGPs

A display like this would be targeted at those users like myself.

as if you have a older PC 4K120Hz won't be your target. Even if limited to 4K60 you'd only need HDMI 2.0 which from even back to the GTX 9xx series and AMD RX 4xx Series supports
Sorry, but this is inaccurate. Even though the IGP does in theory support HDMI 2.1, most computers don't, as it requires extra components which add extra cost, so both the motherboard makers and notebook makers are cutting corners. Most notebooks that doesn't have a dedicated GPU do in fact seem to ship with HDMI 1.4 for some stupid reason.
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