Earlier this year, the first gaming monitor with a Samsung QD-OLED panel arrived. We called it an ultra-wide marvel and praised it for its bright and beautiful display. When Samsung showed QD-OLED on , it promised that the new panels would be available in more than one monitor, and now the company is delivering on that promise with the Announcement of the .
If you’re familiar with the AW3423DW, you 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 by 1,440 display covers 99.3 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut and has a lightning-fast response time of 0.1 ms and a refresh rate of 175 Hz. It is also ScreenHDR 400 True Black– and FreeSync Premium certified – although there is no mention of G-Sync compatibility.
The frame and stand are made of metal. You don’t see that on many gaming monitors. The stand only offers height and tilt adjustment, though, and as you can see from one of the photos Samsung shared, there’s no option 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 standpoint. I’m also not sure what Samsung was thinking when they decided to include HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity, but went with the Micro and Mini versions of those ports. I hope the company has adapters in the box. Of course, it also comes with Samsung’s Gaming Hub and Smart Platform features built-in.
The G85SB will go on sale before the end of the year. Samsung hasn’t shared 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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