Originally published 2 January 2023, last updated 20 June 2023
Back at CES 2023 in January, Samsung announced their new Odyssey OLED G9 monitor although it took several months until late May to get more information on specs and features around the time of Computex. The G95SC (full product name S49CG954SN in North America) is 49″ in size, has a super ultrawide format with 32:9 aspect ratio, a 5120 x 1440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate and is based on a QD-OLED (Quantum Dot OLED) panel from Samsung. This is Samsung’s own equivalent to the also teased at the time MSI Project 491C model. Read on for further details, including updates for pricing and availability.
Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 Specs
The screen is 49″ in size with a super-ultrawide format and 32:9 aspect ratio. There is a fairly subtle (by Samsung’s standards) 1800R curvature here as well and the screen is based on a new QD-OLED panel. This will offer near-instant response times (in fact Samsung quote 0.03ms G2G in their spec) and per pixel dimming for excellent HDR performance, freedom from halos and blooming, true blacks and near infinite contrast ratio. Samsung talk about it having a 1 million:1 contrast ratio in their press release. It is also certified under the VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black scheme for OLED screens (not to be confused with the lower HDR 400 tier).
There is a high 240Hz refresh rate which should provide excellent motion clarity on an OLED panel as we’ve reported on in various recent reviews of 240Hz OLED monitors. The usual adaptive-sync support is featured of course for VRR from compatible NVIDIA and AMD systems. This includes certification under the AMD ‘FreeSync Premium Pro’ scheme.
Samsung talk in their marketing material about how the screen features their “Advanced Neo Quantum AI processor” which analyzes and optimizes the picture quality. There’s also a familiar RGB lighting ring on the back of the screen, which they call “CoreSync” and includes here automatic syncing of the colours with the on-screen content for a more immersive experience.
Connectivity Options and Ergonomics
The screen includes DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.1 and Mini HDMI 2.1 connections along with a 2 port USB hub. The stand offers tilt and height adjustments. There are also some integrated 2x 5W speakers built in to the screen.
Smart TV type features included in the G95SC
The Odyssey OLED G9 also uses apps from partners like Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube through Smart Hub, which allows users to enjoy various over-the-top content using an internet connection without the need for a PC. It is also equipped with Samsung Gaming Hub, an all-in-one game streaming platform that allows gamers to discover and play games in the cloud from partners such as Xbox and NVIDIA GeForce Now without needing a console or to download games. Content can be accessed without needing a PC connection thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi antenna.
A second version available without Smart TV features (G93SC)
Samsung have also more recently announced a trimmed down version of the Odyssey OLED G9, this one with the model designation of G93SC. It will feature the same panel and specs, but will not include the Smart TV processor, apps or capabilities. This will presumably be available at a lower retail price as a result.
Pricing and Availability
The Odyssey OLED G9 (G95SC model) will be available iin some regions (we believe the US will be first) from 12 June 2023 at a retail price of $2200 USD / £2000 GBP / €2200 Euro. Launch dates will vary by region, and some regions are expected a little later in Q3 (from July onwards basically)
- The screen is available to pre-order in the US and Canada now from Amazon
- In the UK you can pre-order the screen now from Overclockers at a price of £1999.99, with stock expected in around first week of July.
The G93SC model without the Smart TV features will appear later in the year in Q3, pricing to be confirmed although it should obviously be lower than the G95SC version.
We hope to feature a review of this screen when we can get hold of a sample.
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