Samsung Odyssey G8QNB with 34″ QD-OLED Panel and 175Hz Refresh Rate

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Originally published 4 January 2022, last updated 17 February 2022

There has yet to be an official announcement for this screen from Samsung, but we do have a bit more information available now after a very brief mention at CES 2022 in January. We knew at the time that the Samsun G8QNB was the company’s first QD-OLED (Quantum Dot OLED) gaming monitor, measuring in at 34″ in size and offering a 3440 x 1440 resolution and a 175Hz refresh rate. Samsung were promoting this as the “World’s first” but at the same time Dell were announcing their Dell Alienware AW3423DW, also promoted as the World’s first. Given Dell have released official specs and information, a price point (an impressive $1299 USD / £1099 GBP) and a release date, we expect their model to actually be the World’s first. Anyway, further information about the Samsung model is provided below. We also finally have a photo courtesy of Samsung, shown above which is a more subtle design than Dell’s screen, and looks almost like an Apple monitor.

Original CES Award page information

We first heard about this new screen from the CES Innovation Award page which said “the ultra-slim Samsung Odyssey G8QNB 34” Gaming Monitor will be the world’s first Quantum Dot OLED (QD-OLED) gaming monitor, offering the best of both QLED and OLED screen technology. With high-performance features like a 175Hz refresh rate and 0.1ms response time, Odyssey G8QNB will give gamers a competitive edge. The 1800R curvature offers an immersive experience of this ultra-wide quad high definition (UWQHD) resolution display with vivid colours. It’s also the world’s slimmest gaming monitor, being as thin as 5.9mm, allowing it to fit in with any gaming setup, while also offering smart features around gaming, entertainment and productivity.”

So this original announcement confirms:

  • 34″ ultrawide format, 21:9 aspect ratio
  • QD-OLED panel technology
  • 1800R curvature
  • Super thin profile, as thin as 5.9mm in places thanks to the QD-OLED panel and no need for a backlight
  • 3440 x 1440 resolution
  • 0.1ms response time (realistic for an OLED panel)
  • 175Hz native refresh rate

What is QD-OLED?

Last year in August we brought you details about this emerging panel technology from Samsung, a rival to the common OLED panels produced by LG.Display and used across the OLED TV market. Samsung’s QD-OLED (Quantum Dot OLED) uses organic OLED material as the light source and Quantum Dot (QD) material as a film. It will be more similar to Samsung’s own AMOLED used for mobile phones and LG’s OLED TVs and will mark the company’s return to the OLED segment.

Quantum Dots are very small semiconductor crystals that emit their own light, they create a wider variety of colors at wider angles. You might be familiar with QD technology being used in the desktop monitor market where a special coating (Quantum Dot coating) is often added to an LCD backlight to provide enhanced colours and wide colour gamut. In Samsung’s QD Display tech these are combined with a blue self-luminescent OLED layer (can also be Micro LED in the future), without the need for a backlight, allowing for the creation of rich colours and pixel level lighting and dimming capabilities. Benefits include:

  • Super fast response times
  • Pixel level dimming
  • True Blacks and 1 million:1 contrast ratio
  • Images that feel brighter than they actually are
  • Reduction of harmful blue light
  • Wide colour gamut and volume
  • Wide Viewing Angles
  • Anti Reflection Coating

More information about all the features of this technology can be found in our previous article here.

Other Known Features

According to an update from Flatpanelshd.com, the panel has burn-in protection in the form of Real-time ISC (Image Sticking Correction) and Samsung Display claims that the burn-in risk is lower with QD-OLED than with LG Display’s WOLED. In addition, it will come with built-in smart features relating to gaming, entertainment and productivity.

Being based on an OLED technology panel this also means that it can offer per pixel level local dimming, producing excellent results for HDR content, and avoiding issues with blooming and halos that you get on even the best FALD/Mini LED backlit LCD displays. You can expect true blacks as the pixels can literally be turned off individually, producing extremely impressive contrast ratios.

Other Expected Specs

Other specs can be gleaned from Dell’s Alienware AW3423DW, pictured above

We can predict a few things based on what we already know about the equivalent Dell Alienware AW3423DW given there is only one 34″ QD-OLED panel currently in production. The Samsung screen should also offer the following:

  • 1 million:1 static contrast ratio thanks to the true black possible from the OLED pixel dimming
  • 178/178 wide viewing angles
  • 1.07b colour depth (10-bit)
  • Wide colour gamut covering 99.3% DCI-P3 and ~149% relative sRGB
  • 1000 cd/m2 peak brightness for HDR
  • VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400 certification

Unknown Specs

There are a few things at this stage that we would say are unknown and hard to predict:

  • Dell’s alternative uses a Native NVIDIA G-sync hardware module for VRR, achieving the G-sync Ultimate certification. Samsung have not previously released a Native G-sync module screen, and we would probably expect the G8QNB to feature adaptive sync instead. Time will tell
  • This also means the port selection will be different. DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC is surely going to be included, but we don’t yet know what HDMI capabilities will be offered, or whether things like USB type-C (with DP Alt mode) will be offered

Further details to follow when we get them

More details, images, specs and information as soon as we have it. We would probably expect this to retail for a similar price to the Dell model when released given it’s a direct competitor, so somewhere around $1299 USD / £1099 GBP (not confirmed).

Original Source: CES Innovation Award page


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