Do you recall the Samsung Odyssey Ark? It was introduced last year, had a 55-inch display loomed over you in portrait mode, and featured Mini LED technology. In a review, Cameron Faulkner stated that using it is “like being in VR” and that its presence is “magnetic.” In fact, it is a monitor that has been (literally) turned up to 11 to the point that its Multi-View mode could barely keep up. Therefore, Samsung created something much larger with far more advanced specifications, which it revealed at CES.
The Odyssey Neo G9 is a successor to Samsung’s $2,499 49-inch Mini LED display with the same name, which was introduced in 2021. It boasts a 57-inch “super ultra-wide curved display” this time. At the RDNA 3 presentation, AMD announced this monitor as the “first 8K ultrawide.” As pointed out by Sean Hollister at the time, the “8K” designation is deceptive. It likely brings to mind 8K TVs, which have a resolution of 7680 by 4320 and four times as many pixels as 4K (just as 4K quadrupled the resolution of 1080p). Samsung has officially stated that the new Odyssey Neo G9 features a resolution of 7680 by 2160, resulting in an aspect ratio of 32:9.
Together, those specs are equivalent to the horizontal and vertical resolutions of an 8K ultra-high-definition television. To be sure, there is still a substantial amount of pixels – twice as much as a conventional 4K display, such as the one on the Ark. Samsung claims this is the first gaming monitor featuring DisplayPort 2.1, but the firm has not disclosed what other inputs it will feature or whether it would require a One Connect Box like the Ark.
There are still many specifics concerning the neo-Neo G9 that are unknown. Samsung claims it will be released later this year but does not provide any other details, including a price. And while we are aware of some of its characteristics, such as a 240Hz refresh rate and a matte screen coating, the manufacturer has not disclosed if the monitor will include Multi View mode to take multiple inputs or what ports it will have in addition to DP 2.1. It’s worth noting that this refresh rate is greater than the Ark’s maximum of 165Hz; however, when Sean examined the original Neo G9, he saw that the G9’s 240Hz display mode exhibited highly strange behavior.