Correction (Monday, December 20, 2021): While LG announced a 27” model of its UltraFine J-OLED Pro monitor earlier this year alongside its 32" model, as of now it’s still only available to pre-order, so it hasn’t actually made it to market. The original headline and parts of this article stated the 27" model was new. We have updated both to correct this information.

LG has announced the details of its next-generation UltraFine OLED Pro monitors, revealing the 2022 models will include built-in colorimeters for on-device hardware color calibration. These models use JOLED (Japan OLED) panels featuring inkjet-printed OLED technology, which allows for astounding displays that, unlike the mass market OLEDs, show little to no peak brightness dependence on APL (average picture level, or how many pixels in the frame are white). Though many OLED TVs claim peak brightnesses near 1000 nits, scenes demanding most pixels in the frame to be displayed at near 100% brightness can force the ABL (automatic brightness limiter) to drop the peak brightness to a measly ~120 nits. These JOLED panels, however, retain their ~600 nit peak brightness value even at 50% APL, showing little to no drop in brightness as frame content changes.*

The lack of peak brightness on APL - or how much of the frame requires bright pixels - has the rather disruptive potential of making these UltraFine OLED Pro monitors potentially more desirable as mastering monitors than the de facto standard Sony BVM monitors costing 10x as much, and in person, these monitors put the best OLED TVs of today to shame when viewing brighter scenes. Unfortunately, they suffer when displaying low APL scenes, such as star fields, where the peak brightness at low APL of typical OLEDs and mastering monitors (~1000 nits) exceeds that of these monitors (~600 nits), and where the diffuse anti-glare coating of these LG monitors raise black levels relative to the glossy anti-reflective coated glass of OLED TVs.

The 2022 UltraFine OLED Pro lineup, which is designed with photographers, videographers, cinematographers and visual artists in mind, will come in a 32” version (32BP95E) and a 27” version (27BP95E). Despite their size difference, the two models will be identical, with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a 1ms response time. And unlike TVs that quote astronomical dynamic contrast ratios, OLED panels can achieve these very high static or intra-frame (as opposed to inter-frame) contrast ratios since they can individually address and turn off each pixel. LG says both monitors cover 99% DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB color spaces, support the DisplayHDR 400 True Black specification and offer 60Hz refresh rates. They likely don't pass the higher DisplayHDR 600 because of the drop in peak brightness above 50% APL, but most real-world content rarely exceeds such high APL values.

New this year to both models is a built-in, detachable colorimeter, which works alongside integrated software to auto-calibrate the monitors, as we’ve seen with Eizo for years and Dell more recently. Connectivity on the 32” model includes one HDMI input, two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, 1 USB Type-B (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1) input, three USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1) downstream outputs, one USB Type-C input/output with 90W power delivery for charging laptops and tablets while connected, a 3.5mm audio output and a power adapter port.

Below is the spec sheet, as provided by LG:

LG hasn’t listed pricing yet for either model at this time. However, last year’s 32” model retails for $4,000 and the 27” model released at a later date and is still unable to be purchased, retails for $3,000. So, it’s likely these new models will follow that pricing scheme.

We've witnessed the image quality from these monitors in person, and it's something you really have to see to believe. OLED without a peak brightness dependence on APL is sort of a holy grail in display technology as far as we're concerned. This is the first step we've seen in that direction, so that price tag - again in our humble opinion - is more than justified. We only hope that this technology can make its way into larger OLED TVs.

* This peak brightness and lack of dependence on APL is something we measured on the 2021 models, and it's confirmed by TFT Central in their full review here.