We’re only a few days out from the start of CES 2022, and the small streams of technical news are still pouring in before the official event. This time it’s Samsung, and the technology giant is handing out yet another of its impressive ultra-curved screens.
The Odyssey Neo G8 is Samsung’s (via VideoCardz) brand new 16: 9 curved gaming monitor, which is set to be unveiled properly during the company’s CES show. In line with the excellent but expensive Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming screen, this screen has the same intense 1000R curve, but on a smaller 32-inch panel. Most other curved screens are at least 1500R, which is a significant difference when used personally.
It also uses the same Quantum Mini LED technology that gives the Neo G9 the impressive brightness of up to 2,000 nits, which works with what Samsung calls the “Quantum HDR 2000”. Samsung claims that this, combined with the way the brightness is controlled, gives the screen the industry’s highest 1,000,000: 1 fixed contrast ratio, which provides more detail and sorts black.
The new thing about the Odyssey Neo G8 is that it is a 4k screen that supports an update speed of 240Hz and a response time of 1 ms. Samsung claims that this is the first that can do it. The Neo G9 Odyssey had only 5,120 x 1,440 or “QHD Plus” resolution, whereas the Neo G8 boasts full 4k with 3,840 x 2,160. It also supports AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia’s GSync, as you would expect for a gaming monitor that is likely to cost as much as this one.
The monitor is expected to have 1 1.4 DisplayPort as well as 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, so if you need new cables, be sure to read these HDMI specifications extra carefully. There are funky LEDs that can pick up your screen colors and match the screen to them, and the ability to automatically detect sources and switch between them. It looks like the Odyssey Neo G8 will be an absolute gaming beast with a price that matches, but we’ll have to wait for the official CES conference to find out more.