Samsung fans got a glimpse of the brand’s first-of-its-kind QD-OLED gaming monitor at this year’s CES 2022, sparking a huge excitement among loyal followers and display fans. Despite the brand calling the Odyssey G8QN8 “the world’s first QD-OLED gaming monitor”, there is still very little official information regarding release dates, pricing and specifications.
A few months into CES 2022, we’re starting to see some details about the G8QN8’s debut. Furthermore, with Dell announcing its QD-OLED gaming monitor (Alienware AW3423DW), we can also begin to speculate on performance, price, and more.
In this guide, we will keep you updated with the latest news and information regarding the highly anticipated Samsung G8QN8 gaming monitor.
When will the Samsung Odyssey G8QN8 be launched?
At the time of writing, there is no official release date for the Samsung Odyssey G8QN8 gaming monitor. However, if Dell’s QD-OLED gaming monitor is anything to go by, we should expect Samsung to hit the market in the third quarter of 2022.
Of course, with no official release date yet, this is all speculation. However, we can’t see Samsung giving Dell complete control over the QD-OLED gaming monitor demographic for very long.
As always, we will keep this page updated with all the latest Samsung Odyssey G8QN8 release dates.
Samsung Odyssey G8QN8 Specifications: What we know so far
Regarding the specifications, there is still very little official information available for the new Samsung Odyssey G8QN8 gaming monitor. Having said that, Samsung has stated that the G8QN8 will feature a 3440 x 1440 pixel screen resolution, 1800R curvature, 0.1ms response time, and 175Hz native refresh rate.
The 21:9 ultrawide gaming monitor will also have an impressive ultra-thin side profile which, according to Samsung, will measure 5.9mm in places. Of course, this can be attributed to the QD-OLED panel technology at the heart of this display, without the need for a common CCFL (cold fluorescent lamp) backlight.
During CES 2022, the Samsung Odyssey G8QN8 also received the CES Innovation Award for being the “world’s first QD-OLED panel”. The official CES Innovation Award page mentioned the following about the G8QN8 QD-OLED display:
“The Samsung Odyssey G8QNB 34-inch ultra-thin gaming monitor will be the world’s first Quantum Dot OLED (QD-OLED) gaming monitor, bringing the best of both QLED and OLED screen technology. With high-performance features like 175Hz refresh rate and 0.1ms response time, the Odyssey G8QNB will give gamers a competitive edge. 1800R curvature provides an immersive UWQHD display experience with vivid colours. It’s also the world’s thinnest gaming monitor, at 5.9mm thick, allowing it to fit into any gaming setup, while delivering smart features around gaming, entertainment, and productivity.“
Samsung G8QN8 Specifications:
- 34 inch Ultra Wide Screen
- Refresh rate 175 Hz
- 0.1ms response time
- Aspect Ratio 21:9
- Curvature 1800R
- Ultra-thin profile (5.9 mm in places)
- Screen Resolution 3440 x 1440
Will the Samsung QD-OLED screen suffer from burn-in?
One of the main talking points currently surrounding the new QD-OLED technology is combustion. Permanent burn-in or image retention was a defect found in OLED TVs and original OLED screens. While the risk of permanent burn-out is still a feature of modern OLEDs, many are wondering whether new QD-OLED panels will fall victim to the same flaw.
The answer is, yes they will. Samsung has stated that the G8QN8 will feature a new anti-burning feature that should significantly reduce the risk of image retention. The feature is called Real-time ISC (Image Adhesion Correction) and will reduce the chance of QD-OLED panels burning out. Samsung goes on to say that while QD-OLED screens will be at risk of burn-in, they will not be nearly as vulnerable as LG’s WOLED.
Samsung Odyssey G8QN8 Price
At the moment, we do not have an official price tag for the Samsung Odyssey G8QN8. However, we can make an informed decision based on other QD-OLED panels on the market today.
Of course, Dell’s Alienware AW3423DW is the main competitor to Samsung’s new QD-OLED panel, and it’s officially priced at $1,300 (CAD $1,650, £1,099). When you consider some of the mini LED alternatives currently on the market today, you have to say that QD-OLED technology seems like a very attractive prospect at this price.
Since the G8QN8 features many of the same specs as the AW3423DW, you’d have to guess that it will retail for a similar price. Of course, this is all speculation again, however, we will keep this page updated with the latest Samsung Odyssey G8QN8 pricing when it is announced.