They’re Here! They’re Here! They’re Finally Here!!! Samsung Launches HDR Monitors with FreeSync 2
I’ve been praising the wonderful beauty of HDR panels for over a year now and finally, at long last, I have the first glimpse of an official release of an HDR monitor that also feels attainable. I get the fact that there may be some HDR monitors that have released that I don’t know about yet, but from what I can tell there are only high end 4k versions out or they’ve been announced, but haven’t quite launched yet. Well this morning, I received an email not only talking about the launch of FreeSync 2 displays, but also saw that Samsung was including HDR in that mix with a brilliant range of options for the budget.
For starters, we of course have an enthusiast model that comes with an ultra-wide 49 inch display in the CHG90. Think of it as a double 1080p screen that would be about the equivalent of two 27″ displays. For FPS titles, I can imagine the peripheral vision on this screen would be excellent, especially since it includes an 1800R curve to further help see the screen corners. The actual resolution is 3840 x 1080 and it sports a standard 144 Hz adaptive sync refresh rate. The other two displays only differ by having a standard 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1440p resolution. Naturally, I’m already super excited about the HDR support and FreeSync 2 is just even more of a huge bonus, but it’s the price of the 27 inch CHG70 that really surprised me. At $599 for launch, I actually see HDR displays as being much more affordable than I originally thought they would be, which means within the year, we could see even more budget friendly options hit the market!
The only somewhat bad news is that the only model that officially launched was the much pricier CHG90 for $1499. The other two, more affordable options for gamers on a budget are available for pre-order though, so I imagine it won’t be long until the CHG70s launch as well. This is a huge win for PC gamers in my opinion and as I’ve always said, I feel like HDR is going to be far more immersive than even what VR is because of the quality of the display technology. Take it with a grain of salt, I’ve only seen it in short snippets from shows, but I can’t wait to own my first HDR monitor if my budget allows it this year!
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – JUNE 9, 2017 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today unboxed the future of virtual competition and expanded its gaming portfolio with the launch of the ultra-wide 49-inch CHG90 display and the 27- and 32-inch CHG70 monitors.
The CHG90 and CHG70 QLED monitors feature powerful High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture enhancement technology typically reserved for televisions and large-format displays. When combined with quantum dot composition, this HDR integration produces a realistic, detailed, and colorful presentation that showcases games exactly as developers intended, dramatically improving picture quality and gameplay with crisper colors and sharper contrast.
“Gamers want to feel completely immersed when they play, and our new monitors provide the most stunning visuals to deliver the ultimate gaming experience,” said Andrew Sivori, VP, Product Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “These QLED gaming monitors represent the future of gaming for both casual and dedicated players alike, and we’re confident that our innovative design and state-of-the-art features will enhance the entire gaming arena.”
Games Brought to Life
The new monitors all leverage Samsung’s revolutionary QLED Quantum Dot technology, first made available in the new QLED TV lineup launched at CES 2017. This technology delivers a new metal core and supports 125 percent of the sRGB color space and 95 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, for an exceptionally wide range of accurate color reproduction — especially dark reds and greens — that stay crisp and clear even in bright light. From gaming to web browsing to document work, content comes alive on the screen.
To enhance gameplay visuals further, the CHG70 joins the CHG90 as the industry’s first gaming monitors to feature AMD’s new Radeon FreeSync™ 2 technology. This frontline functionality combines smooth, stutter- and tear-free gaming with low-latency, high-brightness, high-contrast visuals, as well as excellent black levels and support for a wide color gamut to showcase HDR content with twice the perceivable brightness and color of that offered by the sRGB standard. As a result, gamers can enjoy a smooth, plug-and-play, low-latency HDR gaming experience without having to frequently readjust software or monitor settings.
“We’re incredibly proud how far Radeon FreeSync™ technology has come in the past two years, with well over 150 displays now shipping in the market,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, gaming, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “We applaud Samsung for launching the first FreeSync 2-capable displays, these gorgeous monitors should be on every enthusiast gamers’ must-have list.”
Beyond HDR technology, the CHG90 sets the new visual standard for gaming displays by projecting a sharp 32:9 aspect ratio and 3,840×1,080 double full HD (DFHD) resolution across an ultra-wide, 49-inch screen. This unique combination helps deliver game scenes in their entirety, with deeper blacks, brighter whites, and more vivid colors. The CHG90 also boasts a rapid 1ms response time, 144hz screen refresh rate, and advanced, four-channel scanning technology to deter motion blur throughout the entire screen, making the monitor ideal for first-person shooting, racing, flight simulation, and action-heavy games.
Collaboration with Content Creators
As Samsung’s latest gaming monitors prepare to hit the market, the company continues to expand their usability and to prepare the larger gaming industry for HDR content. In strategic partnership with EA studio DICE and Ghost Games, the CHG90 and CHG70 have undergone rigorous tuning to ensure optimal HDR picture quality.
“We’re delighted to work closely with Samsung’s monitor team to optimize the CHG90 and CHG70 monitors for our games, which is vital so that our new game title Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II, which will be released later in the year, can be mirrored on these HDR monitors the way our game developers intended,” said Oskar Gabrielson, General Manager of DICE.
“Here at Ghost Games, we always look at the latest technology that helps present Need for Speed™ in the best way possible and constantly look to push the boundaries. Technologies like HDR enable us to deliver an ever-greater emotional and immersive experience for our players. Samsung’s HDR monitors allow Need for Speed™ Payback to be exactly that,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games.
Gaming Without Compromise
Samsung’s CHG90 extends the playing field for virtual competitors, with its 49-inch design representing the widest gaming monitor available. The monitor delivers a dramatic 1,800R curvature and an ultra-wide 178-degree viewing angle, ensuring that content is clearly visible from nearly any location within a given space. As a result, gamers no longer need to worry about the logistics, expenses, and bezel interference that occur when combining multiple smaller monitors together for an expanded view.
The new CHG90 monitor includes a height adjustable stand (HAS), allowing flexible height adjustment for improved viewing comfort. Designed for the most demanding games, the CHG70 monitor goes a step further with a dual-hinge stand that provides users more precise control over how the display panel is positioned.
In addition to Game Mode, a feature that optimizes image setting for playing games when connected to a PC or a game console, each of the new monitors include a game OSD dashboard, designed to blend seamlessly into game interfaces.
Monitors in Action
The CHG90 and CHG70 already have earned industry recognition as leaders in the monitor product category. Last month, the Industrial Designers Society of America acknowledged both monitors as part of its annual IDEA Awards, which commemorates technologies for design innovation that improves both the economy and overall quality of life. The CHG90 received a Bronze prize in the program’s Consumer Technology category, with the CHG70 likewise garnering a Finalist nomination in the same group.
The 49-inch CHG90 is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com and at local Micro Center retail stores for $1499. The 32-inch CHG70 is available for pre-order exclusively on Newegg.com for $699, and the 27-inch display is available for pre-order on Samsung.com for $599. For more information on all products, please visit Samsung.com.
Attendees of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017 next week will get an early look at the 32-inch CHG70 display at the Ubisoft Booth 1623.
For more information about Samsung’s Quantum dot curved monitor line-up, as well as related Samsung Newsroom articles including photos and videos, please visit news.samsung.com/us.