Samsung has announced a new ultra-wide gaming monitor for 2019. The CRG9 is a 49-inch curved display that supports AMD’s FreeSync 2 technology. This second-generation curved gaming display by Samsung features a significantly higher resolution compared to its first generation gaming display, the C49HG90 LCD, that was introduced in 2017.
The CRG9 seems to be packed with impressive specs. It features a resolution of 5120×1440 (an aspect ratio of 32:9), a response time of 4 ms and a pixel density of 108.5 PPI. But perhaps the biggest and most impressive of all features is the massive 1000 nits (cd/m²) of peak brightness. Of course, to compensate for the massive brightness and resolution, Samsung has decided to reduce the refresh rate down to 120Hz. This is a downgrade from the company’s previous flagship ultra-wide curved displays that featured a refresh rate of 144Hz. Also, like its predecessors, the CRG9 features LED backlighting with support for DCI-P3 and the HDR-focused FreeSync 2 technology. This monitor will most likely be carrying VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 badge.
For general connectivity, the CRG9 features one HDMI input, two DisplayPort inputs, one USB 3.0 hub and one 3.5mm headphone port.
As of now, it is still uncertain when Samsung plans to release the CRG9. Unofficial reports claim that the mass production of the panels started in November 2018. If this is indeed true, one can expect to find the CRG9 in the market pretty soon.
Samsung has come a long way with its 49-inch ultra-wide display monitors since the introduction of the first-gen C49HG90 LCD in 2017. The C49HG90 was Samsung’s flagship monitor for 2017. It was also one of the first displays ever to feature AMD’s FreeSync 2 technology. But its 3840×1080 resolution and 600 nits of brightness didn’t exactly justify its $1,499 price tag. The CRG9 will definitely feel like an upgrade.
Samsung isn’t the only company planning on putting out a 49-inch ultra-wide curved display in the market this year. Late in December, LG had announced its own plans for releasing a 49-inch ultra-wide curved display in 2019. Samsung’s CRG9 could be expected to go head on with the UltraWide 49WL95C.
LG’s UltraWide 49WL95C is set to become the company’s largest ever display monitor. LG was one of the first companies to release a ultra-wide 37.5-inch LCD for entertainment purposes and a 42.5-inch LCD for prosumers. But it has so far failed to keep up with rival companies such as Samsung that have been releasing 49-inch monitors for some time now. The UltraWide 49WL95C is set to change that. It will feature a resolution of 5120×1440 (an aspect ratio of 32:9) and a brightness of 350 nits.