Nowadays, you can barely impress a gamer with just a curved display. So when Samsung started development of its new Odyssey G9 and Odyssey G7 gaming monitors, it decided to make them ultra-curved, ultra-fast, ultra-bright, and ultra-futuristic. As a result, the new Odyssey LCDs for gamers feature a unique combination of a 1000R curvature, a quantum dot enhanced backlighting, and variable refresh rate support up to 240 Hz.

Samsung’s Odyssey gaming displays lineup includes three models: the 49-inch G9 featuring a 32:9 aspect ratio and a 5120×1440 resolution, as well as the 32-inch and 27-inch G7s featuring a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 2560×1440 resolution. All three monitors use a VA panel with a QLED (quantum dot-enhanced LED) backlighting that enables 600 nits or 1000 nits peak brightness, along with a wide color gamut (see general specifications of the displays in the table below).

From a gamer’s perspective, the key features of the Samsung Odyssey displays are their 240 Hz refresh rate, complete with variable refresh rate support. Samsung's specifications don't make this entirely clear, but it looks like the display uses VESA Adaptive Sync, meaning that it's supported with both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs.

Meanwhile, the monitor also sports a 1000R curvature that promises to enable better immersion when compared to regular curved LCDs.

Since the Odyssey monitors are designed for gamers, they feature an ultra-futuristic design along with LED-based lighting on the back to emphasize features of the design and just follow the general industrial trend.

General Specs of Samsung's Odyssey Displays with Variable Refresh
  Odyssey G9
49-Inch
Odyssey G7
32-Inch
Odyssey G7
27-Inch
Panel 49" VA 32" VA 27" VA
Native Resolution 5120 × 1440 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Response Time 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms
Brightness 1000 cd/m² 600 cd/m²
Contrast high high high
Backlighting LED w/Quantum Dots
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1000R
Aspect Ratio 32:9 (3.56:1) 16:9
Color Gamut DCI-P3
sRGB
Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech VESA Adaptive-Sync
(NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible)
Pixel Pitch 0.234 mm² 0.2767mm² 0.2335 mm²
Pixel Density 108.54 PPI 91.79 PPI 108.79 PPI
Inputs DisplayPort
 HDMI
DisplayPort
HDMI
DisplayPort
HDMI
Audio ? ? ?
USB Hub ? ? ?
MSRP ? ? ?

Samsung will make its Odyssey G9 and Odyssey G7 displays available sometimes in early second quarter, which is why the company does not publish all specifications and characteristics of the products just now. Prices of the monitors will be revealed at launch.

Sources: Samsung Canada, Samsung India, Samsung U.S., TFT Central

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  • rayzorium - Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - link

    It's true that HDR1000 isn't a real certification, but in this case it's just how Samsung chooses to market their products. Their C49RG90 says HDR1000 as well, but it's definitely DisplayHDR 1000 certified, which is easily verified on the official DisplayHDR site. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - link

    Samsung needs more "ultra" in their marketing materials to be truly impressive. At the moment, they are falling short in that department when compared to the competition that can easily step up on their use of the word or even add another word and hyphen such as "super-ultra" or "mega-ultra." Reply
  • imaheadcase - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - link

    The are really missing out on the "Bad Ass" branding as well. Reply
  • valinor89 - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - link

    Nothing gets better than "Ultimate" for branding... Reply
  • parmand - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - link

    They need to hire the toilet paper marketing team. Ultra mega super rolls! If they can spruce up TP that much, then when marketing something *actually* cool I can't imagine the verbiage. Reply
  • AnarchoPrimitiv - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - link

    The last thing we need is yet another 27" 1440p 144hz monitor.... Seems like I can't go a single day without another one being announced... This specific market segment is way, way over saturated. Reply
  • GreenReaper - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - link

    Look on the bright side: they get to to compete on price, other features or graphics quality, right? Reply
  • godrilla - Friday, January 17, 2020 - link

    Once the margins fall thin and potentially negative territory they will go onto bigger and better things. That is how the monitor market seems to work now. Reply
  • R3MF - Friday, January 17, 2020 - link

    FFS, Samsung!

    21:9

    Give us a new HDR1000/FreesyncPremiumPro monitor with 3440x1440!
    Reply
  • godrilla - Friday, January 17, 2020 - link

    The C49RG90 often goes on sale for $1099 at microcenter. You get similar specs but clocked at 120 hz which is more in tune with today's hardware. At 240hz there will be too much compromise to quality. These new super high refresh rate monitors foreshadow things to come. Eventually 240hz might be the new standard why not wait to couple it with hdmi 2.1/dp2.0, microled, and hardware that can actually take advantage of it all. Reply

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