The year traditionally begins with a highlight for technology fans: the CES trade fair takes place regularly in Las Vegas (US state of Nevada) at the beginning of January and offers manufacturers a platform to present their latest gadgets. Also in 2023, from January 5th to 8th, the who’s who of the tech industry will be cavorting in the halls of the Las Vegas Conveniton Center. As usual, the South Korean conglomerate Samsung was there. He’s already using the euphoria surrounding the event to give a preview of his new monitor portfolio – and that’s quite something.
Like its predecessors, the proverbial big star of the line-up is called the Odyssey Neo G9 and is intended to open the door to a new dimension of gaming for gaming fans. The 57-inch ultra-wide screen in 32:9 format is the first device from Samsung that has twice the 4K resolution of 7680×2160 pixels. The 1000R curved display is based on Quantum Mini LED technology with VESA Display HDR 1000 specification. According to Samsung, this ensures that the monitor reproduces both bright and dark gaming environments with maximum detail.
Monitor supports DisplayPort 2.1
The screen surface is matt so that no disturbing light reflections spoil the gaming fun. With a refresh rate of 240 Hertz, the monitor should offer a smooth gaming experience in every situation. The Odyssey Neo G9 is one of the first gaming monitors to support the DisplayPort 2.1 standard so that data transmission doesn’t put a spanner in the works. It is almost twice as fast as the currently common DisplayPort 1.4 standard and enables almost loss-free information transmission via Display Stream Compression (DSC).
Samsung has not yet revealed the price and launch date for the new Odyssey Neo G9. This also applies to the other innovations in the monitor area. As an alternative to the Neo G9, Samsung has the Odyssey OLED G9 in its range. It’s a bit smaller at 49 inches and less curved at 1800R. Frame rate and aspect ratio are identical to the Neo G9, the resolution is limited to twice QHD. The most important difference is the eponymous OLED panel with Quantum Dot technology. This illuminates each pixel individually and, according to Samsung, achieves a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.
Odyssey OLED G9: Ideal for gaming and streaming
The monitor is suitable for gaming thanks to a response time of 0.1 milliseconds, but also offers access to streaming services such as Prime Video, Netflix & Co via the integrated Smart Hub. Games via Xbox Cloud and Nvidia Geforce can also be played via the gaming hub Stream now. On the other hand, if you are looking for a monitor for image and graphics processing, you should get your money’s worth with the ViewFinity S9 from mid-2023. The 27-inch 5K screen covers 99 percent of the DCI-P3 color space and is said to offer maximum color accuracy even in complex visual environments. The integrated 4K camera makes the screen fit for video conferences.
Last but not least, Samsung is launching a new monitor for smart home enthusiasts. The Smart Monitor M8 will appear in a 27-inch format in addition to the existing 32-inch version and will then be available in the color variants spring green and warm white. With the integrated “SmartThings Hub”, the flexibly rotatable and tiltable screen can be transformed into a smart home center and will support the new Matter standard in the future. Smart Hub and Gaming Hub are also available here and a 2K camera should ensure clear optics for video calls.