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Samsung S49AG95N Odyssey Neo G9 with 2048 dimming zones

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Update: Further product details and pricing information added based on new product pages. News piece below initially published 10th April 2021.


21:9 UltraWide monitors can provide an engrossing experience, with 32:9 Super UltraWides making things even wider. Keeping your peripheral vision engaged. The Samsung S49AG95N (LS49AG95 with various regional suffixes) of the Odyssey G9 series is built for immersion – as a very wide and heavily curved monitor. Also known as the Odyssey Neo G9, this follow-up to the C49G95T maintains its signature styling, with a combination of matte black and glossy white plastics and a wide penguin-foot stand design. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a slender hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick facing downwards beneath the Samsung logo at the front.

Built for immersion

The monitor adopts a 49″ VA panel, in 32:9 Super UltraWide format with a 5120 x 1440 (DQHD) resolution. This is like having two 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) monitors beside one another, without a central bezel. This is the CSOT CY-PA490QLHV1H more specifically. The monitor adopts a light matte anti-glare screen surface with a 1000R (steep) curve to boost immersion and potentially enhance viewing comfort. A 240Hz refresh rate is supported, alongside Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro with a 96 – 240Hz VRR plus LFC. 10-bit colour is supported whilst a 1m:1 (local dimming) static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles are specified. A flicker-free Quantum Dot Mini LED backlight with 2048 dimming zones is included, which Samsung markets as ‘Quantum Matrix’. This offers 95% DCI-P3 coverage and an extremely impressive peak luminance of 2000 cd/m². The idea here isn’t for a full screen sustained brightness that is so high, and no value is specified for that under HDR – although a 420 cd/m² typical maximum luminance is specified for SDR. The 2048 dimming zones are put to very good use under HDR, with some going exceptionally bright whilst others remain much dimmer. The monitor responds to HDR10 and HDR10+ content.

Samsung refers to the HDR level officially supported here as ‘Quantum HDR 2000’, which is a manufacturer-specific thing rather than a VESA DisplayHDR certification level. In addition to the exceptional peak luminance and contrast advantages of the Mini LED backlight, the fairly generous colour gamut can be put to good use alongside 10-bit colour processing. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, which should be taken with the usual pinch or two of salt. A low input lag of 2ms is also specified. The rear of the monitor is mainly glossy white with some contrasting matte black elements. The eye is drawn to the stand neck, which includes an ‘InfinityCore’ RGB LED lighting feature. This can be customised to display 5 different lighting effects and 52 different colours. The included stand offers height (120mm or 4.72 inches), tilt and swivel adjustment and can be replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The ports face downwards beneath a removable plastic port cover, which blends in with the rest of the rear when attached. These include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 DP 1.4 ports (with DSC), 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2-way PBP (Picture by Picture) support is also included.

A striking rear

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor (S49AG952N) is listed for ~$2500 USD.

Samsung S49AG95N Odyssey Neo G9