The exciting update to Samsung’s Odyssey G9 display was announced back on 3 March 2021 with limited information provided at the time by the manufacturer Samsung. We now have some more detailed information about the expected spec and features thanks to an early product page that has appeared on Chinese retailer Taobao. The Samsung Odyssey G9 S49AG95NC will be the successor to the existing G9 model (let’s call it the ‘Odyssey G9v2″ shall we for ease?) is aimed at gaming and HDR multimedia. It keeps the same large 49″ ultrawide format, 1000R steep curvature and 5120 x 1440 resolution as the current G9. It will still be based on a VA technology panel with a 240Hz native refresh rate and a wide colour gamut. What makes this new version particularly interesting is the addition of a Mini LED backlight for improved HDR performance and local dimming.
Quantum Matrix Mini LED backlight
One of the key features to this upgraded G9v2 screen is the Mini LED backlight. According to the Taobao product page this is expected to have 2,048 local dimming zones which should offer significantly improved local dimming capability compared to the existing G9 model which has a very limited number of edge lit dimming zones and offers fairly poor implementation for HDR as a result. The high number of zones helps minimize blooming and halos in HDR content and is a step beyond even current FALD backlight models which have fewer zones.
VESA DisplayHDR 2000
Thanks to the Mini LED backlight the screen is also being marketed as featuring VESA DisplayHDR 2000 certification. This is not actually an officially announced certification level yet from VESA, although it’s reasonable to expect it to appear alongside this monitor and other possible future screens, with the only real difference from existing HDR 1000 and HDR 1400 levels being an increased peak brightness. The HDR 2000 label suggests, and the listed spec confirms, that the updated Odyssey G9 display will offer a peak brightness of 2000 cd/m2 which is impressive and should help produce bright highlights in HDR content.
As well as the impressive number of dimming zones from the Mini LED backlight and the high peak brightness, the G9v2 also offers a 10-bit colour depth and wide colour gamut thanks to the use of Quantum Dot coating. A 95% DCI-P3 coverage is quoted.
Variable Refresh Rate Support
To help support the high resolution and 240Hz max refresh rate, the screen is listed on Taobao as being G-sync Compatible which means it uses adaptive sync for VRR from both AMD and NVIDIA systems. The NVIDIA G-sync Compatible certification is presumably pending given it’s not yet listed on NVIDIA’s website as it is so new. AMD FreeSync Premium Pro certification is also listed and expected.
The absence of a Native G-sync module might cause some complications here with usage of the Mini LED backlight at the same time as VRR. That is incredibly complex to develop and one of the reasons why current FALD and Mini LED gaming monitors use the G-sync module. We will wait to see how this performs on the Samsung Odyssey G9v2 and whether the Mini LED backlight can keep up with VRR and gaming properly and effectively.
Samsung Odyssey G9 S49AG95NC Specs
Spec wise the screen has a 49″ ultrawide format, 1000R curvature, 5120 x 1440 resolution, 1ms G2G response time, 4000:1 contrast ratio, 178/178 viewing angles, a 1.07b (10-bit) colour depth and a wide colour gamut covering 95% of the DCI-P3 reference.
For connectivity 2x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI (unclear which version) connections are listed along with 2x USB ports and an audio output. RGB lighting is featured on the screen as well like the current G9. PbP is also listed as a feature.
The pricing on Taobao should probably be taken with a pinch of salt as this is very early information and we expect this to be quite a long way from release to be honest. It;s listed at 29999 RMB, which is about $4599 USD. We expect it to be lower than that really when it’s properly released.
Our thanks to @gouki201 for the lead.
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