Samsung Electronics this week announced it is taking pre-orders on a 49-inch curved wide-screen Odyssey OLED G9 gaming monitor based on its hybrid QD-OLED technology and bringing an ultra-smooth 240Hz refresh rate.

The monitor is the Samsung model G95SC, which carries a $2,299 suggested retail, is available for pre-order now with a shipping date of June 26th. It is positioned for advanced PC gamers, boasting a high refresh rate curved-screen panel and a listed 0.03ms response time.

Samsung is billing it as “the first OLED monitor to offer Dual Quad High Definition (DQHD; 5,120 x 1,440 pixels) resolution.”

The curved QD-OLED screen has a 32:9 wide-screen aspect ratio and 1800R curvature, which is the equivalent of two QHD screens side by side.

Samsung said the display’s pixel-level dimming control will present high-level high dynamic range (HDR) tha eliminates the haloing/blooming of backlit LCD-type displays.

The monitor carries the VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black certification.

Advanced connectivity options include: DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.1, mini HDMI 2.1 and two USB ports.

Other gaming features include the addition of Neo Quantum Processor Pro with a deep learning algorithm to intelligently analyze images and automatically upscale them with adjusted brightness and “amplified contrast.” Samsung adds, “this enables the monitor to restore each detail and deliver the most brilliant images, pixel by pixel.”

The monitor supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro for smooth game play with supporting game content.

The Odyssey OLED G9 features a slim design with a sleek metal frame. CoreSync and Core Lighting+ surround lighting is available on the rear of the monitor to provide advanced lighting that matches the colors on-screen for a more immersive experience, the company said. Built-in stereo speakers complement on-screen content with crisp sound. The display includes a stand with height and tilt adjustments that integrates two integrated 5-watt speakers.

As an added incentive, the display comes with streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video built in, making it possible to act like a TV without accessing content through a PC. It also has the Samsung Gaming Hub, which enables video game streaming from Xbox and Nvidia’s GeForce Now, without a console.

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The Samsung Odyssey G9 will compete with LG Electronics’ 45-inch ultra-wide 45GR95QE OLED monitor, which retails at just $1,700 in the U.S. and also claims a 0.03ms response time.

The monitor incorporates the Samsung Gaming Hub, which is included in the companies premium TVs, with flexible game streaming services including: Xbox Game Pass and NVIDIA GeForce Now without the need for downloads or game storage space.

For entertainment beyond gaming, the Odyssey OLED G9 supports streaming TV with access to top over-the-top (OTT) services including Netflix without requiring a PC or mobile device connection.

The monitor’s “Multi View” function allows using the large display area for game play on up to two screens at once. It also enables multitasking without the need of additional displays.

Building out a line options, Samsung is also adding to the Odyssey OLED G9 family more work-oriented G93SC model (shipping in the third quarter), which features OLED performance without the Gaming Hub or smart TV offering.

To celebrate the launch of a new model, Odyssey Cup will be held on Samsung Odyssey Twitch channel on June 22, bringing 100 global gamers to Fortnite tournament.

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By Greg Tarr

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