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In brief: Samsung has announced one of its most impressive-sounding and expensive consumer monitors: the Odyssey OLED G9. The 49-inch super-ultrawide boasts a massive 5,120 x 1,440 (32:9) resolution, a 1800R curve, and a 240Hz refresh rate, making it an alluring prospect for gamers.
The main difference with this latest monitor, as the name suggests, is the move from a VA panel to OLED, bringing with it all the advantages of the display technology, such as perfect blacks. Moreover, Samsung says the use of its Quantum Dot tech offers better brightness and colors compared to usual OLED panels.
Samsung has also given the latest Odyssey model a less aggressive curve than its predecessors, moving from 1000R to 1800R, which will likely be appreciated by most users.
Elsewhere, Samsung says that the addition of the Neo Quantum Processor Pro means the monitor can use a deep learning algorithm. It intelligently analyzes images and automatically upscales to adjust brightness while amplifying contrast.
Other specs include AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and HDR True Black 400 certification, though the typical brightness is rated at 250 nits. There's also an impressive 0.03ms GtG response time, 240Hz refresh rate, two 5W built-in speakers, a remote control, and CoreSync and Core Lightning+ providing the obligatory RGB lighting, which can be synchronized with onscreen content
The monitor also comes with the Samsung Gaming Hub and smart TV apps integrated. Users can play the likes of Xbox Game Pass and GeForce Now (and both together, soon) and watch apps such as Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube without connecting to a PC, made possible by the integrated Wi-Fi. You can connect a controller using Bluetooth, too. There's also SmartThings integration, voice controls, Alexa, and Bixby.
Connectivity is provided by one DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.1, one Micro HDMI 2.1, and a USB Hub.
And then we come to the price. The original Odyssey G9 launched at $1,700, while the Odyssey OLED G9 ups that to $2,200. You could put together a high-end PC for that amount, but it's still cheaper than the $2,500 Odyssey Neo G9, which offers 2,000 nits of peak brightness.
Pre-orders for the Odyssey OLED G9 open today and it should be delivered on June 26. If you have a lot of money spare and need this monitor in your life, securing it early comes with the bonus of a $250 Samsung gift card.