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*LATEST* Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 (G85SB) monitor: predicted release date, price, specs

All the latest information regarding Samsung's QD-OLED gaming monitor

Updated: Dec 5, 2022 9:52 am
Samsung G8QN8 release date

It’s been a while since fans of Samsung were first given a glimpse of the impressive-looking 34-inch OLED G8 – the latest QD-OLED gaming monitor from Samsung. It was officially unveiled at CES 2022 and, until relatively recently, we’ve been left in the dark regarding release dates, a full specs list, and official pricing.

Now that we’re making it through December and Christmas is on many people’s minds, we’re quickly closing in on that important global release announced for Q4 2022. Samsung gave us an official introduction trailer nearly a couple of months ago now. This trailer shows off many of the monitor’s core features, specifications and other design qualities – so make sure you check it out below.

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The G8 OLED looks set to feature all the latest display technology and specs, including a QD-OLED panel – a new display technology that merges the best qualities of OLED and Quantum Dot. It will go toe-to-toe with the Alienware AW3423DW, a similar 34-inch QD-OLED gaming monitor that was released earlier in 2022.

In this guide, we’ll be keeping you bang up-to-date with all the latest news and information regarding Samsung’s anticipated G85SB (formerly known as the G8QNB) gaming monitor.

When will the Samsung Odyssey G8 OLED be released?

Despite an official release trailer now live, we’re still not 100% sure when the G8 OLED (G85SB) will officially launch. It’s available for purchase in smaller regions such as the UK, but we’ll have to wait for that confirmation on a worldwide release.

While there is no official release date for the Odyssey G85SB monitor right now – a recent press release stated that Samsung’s first-ever QD-OLED panel will be available globally in Q4 2022.

Like always, tech releases can see delays and pushbacks – however, with the brand seemingly ramping up marketing for the new OLED display, the global release may be closer than we think.

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8: Official Introduction video

After months of silence, Samsung finally lifted the lid on the OLED G8 with an official introduction trailer – which launched on the official Samsung YouTube channel on October 17th.

If you didn’t catch it, here is the official Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 trailer.

Samsung Odyssey G85SB specifications: what we know so far

As far as specifications go, there is a bunch of information available regarding the Samsung Odyssey G85SB gaming monitor. Samsung has stated that the G85SB features a 3440 x 1440p screen resolution, 1800R curvature, 0.1ms response time, and native 175Hz refresh rate.

Alongside this, the Odyssey OLED G8 will also feature the brand’s most premium Neo Quantum Processor for stunning image processing. Samsung have stated that this is the fastest Odyssey display we’ve ever seen.

The 21:9 ultrawide gaming monitor will also feature an impressive super-thin profile which, according to Samsung, will measure in at 5.9mm in places. Of course, this can be attributed to the QD-OLED panel technology found at the heart of this monitor, with no need for a generic CCFL (cold-cathode fluorescent lamp) backlight.

We should also mention the Smart TV platform and Gaming Hub features included with this Samsung monitor. You’ll be able to use this G8 OLED monitor to watch your favorite streaming content from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube, built-in. Not to mention access to Samsung TV Plus content as well. Additionally, Samsung’s Gaming Hub gives you access to a number of gaming apps such as Xbox, Google Stadia, Utomik, GeForce Now, and Amazon Luna (in the US).

During the CES 2022, the Samsung Odyssey G85SB also received a CES innovation award for being “the world’s first QD-OLED panel”. The official CES Innovation Award page stated the following about the G85SB QD-OLED monitor:

the ultra-slim Samsung Odyssey G85SB 34” Gaming Monitor will be the world’s first Quantum Dot OLED (QD-OLED) gaming monitor, offering the best of both QLED and OLED screen technology. With high-performance features like a 175Hz refresh rate and 0.1ms response time, Odyssey G85SB will give gamers a competitive edge. The 1800R curvature offers an immersive experience of this ultra-wide quad high definition (UWQHD) resolution display with vivid colours. It’s also the world’s slimmest gaming monitor, being as thin as 5.9mm, allowing it to fit in with any gaming setup, while also offering smart features around gaming, entertainment and productivity.

Samsung G85SB specs:

  • Samsung AI Neo Quantum Processor
  • 34″ ultrawide display
  • 175Hz refresh rate
  • 0.1ms response time
  • 21:9 aspect ratio
  • 1800R curvature
  • Super thin profile (5.9mm in places)
  • 3440 x 1440 screen resolution, OLED

What is QD-OLED technology?

In case you’re confused by the technical details that come with a cutting-edge monitor release such as the G85SB here, let’s get into the basics right now. QD-OLED technology broke through on to the market thanks to impressive TV displays, such as the Sony Bravia XR A95K. 2022 has seen a bunch of great releases when it comes to impressive QD-OLED displays, with Samsung now breaking into the gaming monitor space too.

QD-OLED combines the best of both worlds with Quantum Dot and OLED technology to provide fantastic color reproduction, high-efficiency, deep blacks, and incredibly high viewing angles. You can enjoy top peak brightness and vibrancy from these displays.

Will the Samsung QD-OLED monitor suffer burn-in?

One of the big talking points that currently surrounds the new QD-OLED technology is burn-in. Permanent burn-in, or image retention, was a flaw found in original OLED TVs and OLED monitors. While the risk of permanent burn-in is still a feature of modern OLEDs, many are questioning whether the new QD-OLED panels will fall victim to the same flaw.

The answer is, yes they will. Samsung has stated that the G85SB will feature a new anti burn-in feature which should reduce the risk of image retention exponentially. The feature is called Real-time ISC (image sticking correction) and will decrease the chance of burn-in for QD-OLED panels. Samsung goes on to say that, while QD-OLED displays will be at risk of burn-in, they won’t be nearly as susceptible as LG Display’s WOLED.

Samsung Odyssey G85SB: price

Right now, we don’t have an official US price for the Samsung Odyssey G85SB. That being said, we can make an informed decision based on the other QD-OLED panels that feature in today’s market. We’ve already seen that this brand-new gaming monitor comes in at £1299 in the UK though, so that’s a fantastic amount to base your budget on right now.

Of course, Dell’s Alienware AW3423DW is the main rival to Samsung’s new QD-OLED panel, and that has been officially priced at $1,300 ($1,650 CAD, £1,099). When you consider some of the mini-LED alternatives that currently reside in today’s market, you’d have to say that QD-OLED technology looks like an incredibly attractive prospect at that price.

Dell Alienware AW3423DW

With the G85SB featuring many of the same specifications found in the AW3423DW, you’d have to speculate that it will retail for a similar price point. Of course, this is again all speculation, however, we’ll be keeping this page right up to date with all the latest Samsung Odyssey G85SB prices as and when they’re announced.

Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 FAQs

Will the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 be released in 2022?

Right now, the global release is set for Q4 2022 – so any moment now. We’ve already seen pre-orders and releases in smaller regions such as the UK, so expect this brand-new OLED gaming monitor from Samsung to drop extremely soon worldwide.

Will the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 be discounted on release?

It would be a big ask to expect a discounted price upon release, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see a generous pre-order bonus. When this monitor was available for pre-order in the UK, you could bag yourself a brand-new Samsung SSD for completely free – so there’s always the possibility of something similar across all markets.

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