The gaming community did not look bad when Samsung announced its new S49AG95N in March. The South Koreans want to convince with impressive features in the new flagship of the Odyddey G9 series. Above all, Samsung should be able to put the fear of God into the competition in terms of contrasts. After all, the combination of 2,048 mini-LED zones and HDR2000 should be able to provide high black and white rates. Since specs of the upcoming high-end monitor are now available at some online retailers, we want to take a closer look at them.
Chinese online retailer names key data
From experience, Samsung always keeps a bit quiet with specs on upcoming products. As shy as the electronics company is, as open-hearted is the online trade according to experience. This time, the Chinese online retailer Taobao revealed technical details about the South Korean manufacturer’s new flagship monitor. The presumed successor of the Odyssey G9 is supposed to have the model number S49AG95NC. We already know the strikingly wide landscape format of 32:9 from the predecessor.
The same applies to the resolution of the 49-inch monitor. It is supposed to have a resolution of 5,120 x 1,440 pixels. We already know the tight radius from the Odyssey G9. With 1000R, the monitor comes with a VA panel with a strong curvature, which should provide a great immersion in view of the wide format. Last but not least, gamers will also be happy about the maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz.
Pioneering mini-LED technology
So far, it looks like Samsung is following the old recipe for success “cobbler stick to your last”. After all, the specs mentioned above coincide with those of the Odyssey G9. However, a truly revolutionary change is the switch to a backlight that relies on mini-LEDs. Samsung divides the small LEDs into a total of 2,048 zones. In the course of this, the Achilles heel of the predecessor is supposed to be eradicated. The “classic” LEDs of the Odyssey G9 caused clouding, which is hated by many. In high-contrast pictures, the eponymous cloud formation occurred. The reason for this was the weak local dimming, which only offered ten different zones. This quantum leap is supposed to provide a much finer gradation. Above all, it should be able to offer great contrasts without annoying clouding in content that relies on High Dynamic Range (HDR).
Some will now think that OLED monitors can also offer deep black levels. However, the situation is different when it comes to brightness values. While OLED TVs and monitors offer strong black but weak white values, the new mini-LED technology is supposed to be able to offer both. According to the specs, Samsung’s new flagship should be able to achieve up to 2,000 cd/m². Accordingly, Samsung also secured the “DisplayHDR 2000” certification. This is worlds above the previous maximum of DisplayHDR 1400 (max. 1,400 cd/m²). Last but not least, when we look at the ports, we again find similarities to the Odyssey G9. Thus, it can be stated that the South Korean electronics experts would rather like to deliver a targeted update than a reinvention. We are curious.
Price and availability
The Chinese online retailer has of course also released specifications and prices. For example, the S49AG95NC can already be pre-ordered at an MSRP of the equivalent of about 2,000 euros. In view of the RRP of the previous Odyssey G9 (approx. 1,730 Euros), the RRP of the new edition is much higher, but quite realistic. After all, the mini-LED technology is associated with much higher production costs. If the Chinese website Taobao is to be believed, the flagship monitor is scheduled for delivery in June 2021.