Spectrum had a shave!
Since we offered a sneak peek at a new industrial design a few weeks ago, I doubt this will come as a surprise. But the 4K and 240Hz models received a face lift! Though the QHD 144Hz model remains unaffected by these design changes, the display assemblies used for the other two models have no electronics sticking out from the bottom of the LCD panel and as such we no longer need a bottom bezel to cover them up. Yeah, that means you get ‘less’ Spectrum, but I doubt anyone will mind!
The changes aren’t just skin-deep
Besides the removal of the bottom bezel, one of the most heard requests is for more capable ports. Though graphics cards at the moment are not yet equipped with HDMI 2.1, we are happy to say that Spectrum does. That means you’re prepared for the next generation of graphics cards, with enough bandwidth to drive these panels to their maximum performance. Not only that, you’ll be set for variable refresh rates on the next generation of consoles, as both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 sport HDMI 2.1 ports!
These changes are a result of the scaler we use for these panels. The scaler is the chip that, among other things, processes the incoming video signals, and turns them into instructions for the display- and backlight panels. This means that this chip largely determines the capabilities of the monitor, and we’ve had to upgrade from our original scaler to allow for the higher resolution and refresh rate. Keep in mind that the following changes apply only to the 4K and 240Hz models, as the new scaler would drive up the price of the entry level model.
Sales, pandemics, and the schedule
Many of you keep asking us how the ongoing pandemic has affected us. For a long time we had hoped to come out of this unscathed, but at this point one of our team members has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Luckily, symptoms have been mild and he is recovering, and since everyone has been working from home we do not need to worry about further risk of infection to the team.
On the business side, up until this point we were able to make up for delays caused by the pandemic with the buffers we had built into our planning. But as we have mentioned before, engineering- and manufacturing resources are still scarce, causing even the tech industry’s major players to play it safe and prioritize only key products as other projects are pushed further down the roadmaps. Our panel supplier LG Display and manufacturing partner Lehui Display have fewer engineering resources to support our projects than previously anticipated, and have requested that we prioritize the models in order of total sales volume.
Though we had expected most of our sales to comprise of the entry level model, we were overwhelmed by the popularity of our 240Hz and 4K models. Surprisingly, they make up over 80% of all reservations so far. This has allowed us to provide upgrades like the bezel-less design and the new scaler, so we’re really happy about that. But it also means that the base model for Spectrum doesn’t show the numbers we had anticipated, and that have to adjust the order in which Spectrum models will be shipped.
The 4K 144Hz model will ship first, and will be on time as planned this Q4.
The QHD 240Hz model will ship right after, also this Q4 as originally planned.
The QHD 144Hz model has been rescheduled for Q1 2021.
We recognize that this is not the best news for those who have reserved the QHD 144Hz model. Of course we will contact the affected people to inform them of the situation and their options, and we will also update the shipping times on the website.
Coming up next
We’ll soon update our Q&A with the latest specs and information, and add new questions from the community (and of course their answers!). Stay tuned!