Samsung have gotten ahead of the CES 2019 news rush by releasing their press release already for some new monitors they have planned. Of most interest is the new CRG9 display, a massive 49″ curved (1800R) ultrawide, 32:9 aspect ratio screen aimed at gamers. Unlike previous Samsung 49″ models like the C49HG90, this new model has a boosted resolution to go along with the high refresh rate.
The CRG9 has a 5120 x 1440 resolution, equivalent to 2x 27″ 1440p displays side by side. This is an upgrade from the older 3840 x 1080 resolution of previous models. This is combined with a high 120Hz refresh rate and 4ms G2G response time for reduced motion blur and great gaming experience. We’ve seen a few competing 49″ models from other manufacturers announced in recent times with this new 5120 x 1440 resolution (e.g. Dell U4919DW, LG 49WL95, Philips 499P9H) but this is the first model we’ve seen with a refresh rate >60Hz. The 120Hz refresh rate is combined with AMD FreeSync 2 support as well for variable refresh rates, and to help handle the high demands on your system and graphics card that this resolution will have in gaming.
Samsung also talk in the press release about HDR support, but rather than specifically talk about any VESA DisplayHDR certification, they simply talk about HDR10 here. Normally this would be a red flag that a monitor is just accepting an HDR source input, but doesn’t actually produce any meaningful HDR effect from the display. However, on the CRG9 they specifically talk about 1000 cd/m2 peak brightness, “outstanding local dimming” and high contrast. So it does look like this display will offer some decent HDR experience, likely with edge-lit local dimming as opposed to any FALD backlight. The CRG9 also uses Quantum Dot technology to offer a wider colour gamut (again needed for HDR) which is expected to be >90% DCI-P3 coverage.
Picture by Picture is supported for split screen working on this massive display and resolution. There are 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI (unknown version but expect v2.0), USB and headphone connections available.
The CRG9 is based on a Samsung SVA panel, the LSM490YP02 in fact that we believe went in to production around Nov 2018. With that in mind, it could be that we will see this screen within Q1/Q2 of 2019. The screen will be showcased at CES between 8 – 11th January so we may see more information emerge next week. Pricing is currently unknown.