DisplayHDRTM Specs

High Dynamic Range (HDR) displays deliver better contrast and color accuracy, as well as more vibrant colors, compared to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) displays. As a result, HDR is gaining interest for a wide range of applications, including movie viewing, gaming, and creation of photo and video content. HDR logos and brands abound, but until now, there has been no open standard with a fully transparent testing methodology. Since HDR performance details are typically not provided, consumers are unable to obtain meaningful performance information.

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What is DisplayHDR?

The High-Performance Monitor and Display Compliance Test Specification (DisplayHDR) from VESA defines the display industry’s first fully open standard specifying HDR quality, including luminance, color gamut, bit depth, and rise time (see EE Times article). Specifically, VESA aims to alleviate consumer confusion surrounding HDR performance specifications in the PC space by:

  • Creating a specification for the PC industry that will be shared publicly and transparently
  • Developing an automated testing tool that end users can download to perform their own testing if desired. You can download DisplayHDR Test Tool for HDR display performance verification aimed at professional users here
  • Delivering a robust set of test metrics for HDR that clearly articulates the performance level of the device being purchased

Member Participants

More than two dozen active member companies contributed to the development of DisplayHDR, including:

DisplayHDR Performance Levels

The first release of the new specification, DisplayHDR version 1.0, focuses on liquid crystal displays (LCDs), establishing three distinct levels of HDR system performance to facilitate adoption of HDR throughout the PC market: DisplayHDR 400, DisplayHDR 600, and DisplayHDR 1000. Additional tiers are expected to be added later to support continuous innovations and improvements in display performance. All tiers require support of the industry standard HDR-10 format.

First genuine entry point for HDR.

Significant step up from SDR baseline:

  • True 8-bit image quality – on par with top 15% of PC displays today
  • Global dimming – improves dynamic contrast ratio
  • Peak luminance of 400 cd/m2 – up to 50% higher than typical SDR
  • Minimum requirements for color gamut and contrast exceed SDR

Targets professional/enthusiast-level laptops and high-performance monitors.

True high-contrast HDR with notable specular highlights:

  • Peak luminance of 600 cd/m2 – double that of typical displays
    • Full-screen flash requirement renders realistic effects in gaming and movies
  • Real-time contrast ratios with local dimming – yields impressive highlights and deep blacks
  • Visible increase in color gamut compared to already improved DisplayHDR 400
  • Requires 10-bit image processing

Targets professional/enthusiast/content-creator PC monitors.

Outstanding local-dimming, high-contrast HDR with advanced specular highlights:

  • Peak luminance of 1000 cd/m2 – more than 3x that of typical displays
    • Full-screen flash requirement delivers ultrarealistic effects in gaming and movies
    • Unprecedented long duration, high performance ideal for content creation
  • Local dimming yields 2x contrast increase over DisplayHDR 600
  • Significantly visible increase in color gamut compared to DisplayHDR 400
  • Requires 10-bit image processing