The world’s biggest and most anticipated technology fair has finally come around again and Samsung is making no secret its plan to tackle high-end gaming. At CES 2022, the global giant unveiled two new models in its 2022 monitor lineup, headlined by the stunning Odyssey Neo G8. Promising to revive high-performance graphics with a familiar silhouette, it’s not to draw comparisons to its predecessor, which some might remember, had curves in all the right places.
According to the brand, the new Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 marks the first of many new innovations for the much-loved line. In the official release, Hyesung Ha, executive vice president of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics revealed that the 2022 edition marks the ‘world’s first monitor to feature a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) 1000R curved screen with 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time (GtG)’.
While first play-throughs are still a little while away, the technical data does seem to support the thinking. This time around, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 cops Quantum Mini LEDs, Quantum HDR 2000 with a 2,000nit peak brightness and a million-to-one static contrast ratio for improved picture quality. It’s an addition that is further backed by the introduction of CoreSync lighting, in a subtle nod to the utterly insane Odyssey Neo G9 monitor we saw last year. With this innovation, the core lighting found on the backside of the monitor automatically detects colours on the screen and ‘projects them in real life to create a deeper sense of immersion’.
It must be said, however, that the similarities don’t end there. When the G9 was first introduced, its sleek, all-white exterior took a bit of getting used to, but it certainly put things into perspective. The futuristic design language suggested Samsung was gearing up for big things, and while the performance of the gaming monitor was adequate, fans remained optimistic the best was yet to come. The Odyssey Neo G8 doesn’t exactly expand on that promise, but it should deliver greater value for money.
“Samsung’s 2022 lineup represents the next generation in monitor innovation with offerings that meet the demands of competitive gamers, professional designers and everyone in between,” Hyesung Ha said. “As the work and entertainment worlds continue to evolve, we are proud to deliver monitors that boost users’ experiences from the comfort of their homes.”
Alongside the new Samsung Odyssey Neo G8, the brand also revealed the new Smart Monitor M8, an ultra-slimline addition crafted for design lovers. According to the brand, the UHD panel provides 99% sRGB colour gamut while supporting 1.07 billion colours at 400nit brightness. Best of all, Smart TV apps are built directly into the monitor, meaning you can use the monitor for entertainment or productivity, even without the need for a PC.
While no official pricing or release dates have been listed as of yet for the new monitors, we’re guessing you’ll start to see these ones arrive in mid-2022. As for what we can expect for the rest of CES 2022, it’s anyone’s guess at this point.
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