Samsung introduces the 49-inch Odyssey Neo G9 with Mini LED and 2,000 nits for nearly $1,000 more than its predecessor.

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The Odyssey Neo G9 is the successor to Samsung’s 49-inch Odyssey G9 gaming monitor. The next Odyssey, as previously rumoured, will have a Mini LED backlit panel with a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits.

The Odyssey G9 is one of our favourite monitors, receiving a score of 90 in our December review for its 5120 x 1440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate, and good colour performance for a VA panel.

The Odyssey Neo G9 follow-up shares some of its predecessor’s specs—49 inches, 5120 x 1440 resolution (32:9), 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms (GtG) response time, 1000R curvature—but it also offers some significant improvements.

The main difference is the incorporation of Samsung’s Quantum Mini LED technology. The OLED-like technology is making its way into more TVs, monitors, and laptops, and it is one of the major selling points of the new iPad Pro 12.9-inch. The Odyssey Neo G9 also expands the number of local dimming zones from ten to 2,048 and supports HDR 10 Plus.

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“The Odyssey Neo G9 utilizes the same Mini LED technology built into Samsung’s latest Neo QLED lineup,” writes Samsung. “This next-generation display technology is enabled by a new light source, Quantum Mini LED. At 1/40 the height of a conventional LED,1 the Quantum Mini LED has incredibly thin micro layers filled with many more LEDs.”

Another appealing feature is the monitor’s peak brightness of 2,000 nits, which should make HDR content look fantastic and allow users to play in even the brightest rooms without glare. The Odyssey Neo G9 was previously reported to be VESA DisplayHDR2000 certified, but VESA later stated that such a thing does not exist, at least not yet.

A 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, one Display Port 1.4, two HDMI 2.1, two USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, and support for AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and variable refresh rate round out the features (VRR). There’s also the CoreSync feature, which can sync the monitor’s backlight with the action on-screen.

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As you might imagine, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is not a cheap monitor. At $2,499, it’s almost $1,000 more than the previous model. Preorders start on Thursday, July 29, with global shipping set for August 9.

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