Do you remember the Samsung Odyssey Ark? It was introduced last year, had a 55-inch screen that loomed above you in portrait mode and featured Mini LED technology. In a review, Cameron Faulkner stated that using it is “like being in VR” and its presence is “magnetic”. In fact, it’s a monitor that’s (literally) rotated up to 11 to the point that the Multi-View mode could barely keep up. So Samsung created something much bigger with much more advanced specs, which it unveiled at CES.
The Odyssey Neo G9 is a successor to Samsung’s $2,499 49-inch Mini LED display of the same name, which was introduced in 2021. It has a 57-inch “super ultra-wide curved display” this time around. During the RDNA 3 presentation, AMD announced this monitor as the “first 8K ultrawide”. As Sean Hollister pointed out at the time, the “8K” designation is misleading. It’s probably reminiscent of 8K TVs, which have a resolution of 7680 by 4320 and four times the pixels of 4K (just as 4K quadrupled the resolution of 1080p). Samsung has officially stated that the new Odyssey Neo G9 has a resolution of 7680 by 2160, resulting in an aspect ratio of 32:9.
Together, those specifications are equivalent to the horizontal and vertical resolutions of an 8K ultra-high-definition television. To be sure, there’s still a significant amount of pixels – twice as many as a conventional 4K display, such as the one on the Ark. Samsung claims this is the first gaming monitor with DisplayPort 2.1, but the company hasn’t revealed what other inputs it will include or if it will require a One Connect Box like the Ark.
There are still many details about the neo-Neo G9 that are unknown. Samsung claims it will be released later this year, but doesn’t give any other details, including a price. And while we are aware of some of its features, such as a 240Hz refresh rate and matte screen coating, the manufacturer has not disclosed whether the monitor will include Multi View mode to handle multiple inputs or what ports it will have in addition to DP 2.1. It’s worth noting that this refresh rate is higher than the Ark’s 165Hz maximum; However, when Sean took a look at the original Neo G9, he noticed that the G9’s 240Hz display mode exhibited some very strange behavior.