Samsung’s first QD-OLED gaming monitor arrives later this year

Earlier this year, the first gaming monitor with a Samsung QD OLED panel hit the market. We called this an ultrawide wonder and praised it for its bright and beautiful screen. When Samsung showed off the QD-OLED, it promised the new panels would be available in more than one monitor, and now the company is making that promise by announcing the .

Those familiar with the AW3423DW won’t find many surprises on the G8’s spec sheet. It features a 34-inch QD OLED panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 1800R curvature. The 3,440 x 1,440 screen covers 99.3 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut and has a blazing-fast 0.1ms response time and 175Hz refresh rate. It’s also DisplayHDR 400 True Black and FreeSync Premium certified — though G-Sync compatibility is not mentioned.

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8

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Frame and stand are made of metal. You don’t see that on many gaming monitors. However, the stand only offers height and tilt adjustment, and as you can see from one of the photos Samsung shared, there’s no way to VESA mount the G85SB due to the built-in RGB lighting on the back of the monitor. That’s not great from a usability perspective. I’m also not sure what Samsung was thinking when it decided to include HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity but opted for the Micro and Mini versions of those ports. Here’s hoping the company includes adapters in the box. Of course, Samsung’s Gaming Hub and Smart Platform features are also integrated.

The G85SB will be available before the end of the year. Samsung didn’t share pricing information, but if the cost of Alienware’s QD OLED monitor is any indication, expect the Odyssey OLED G8 to fall somewhere in the $1,300 range.

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