CES 2023 | Samsung ViewFinity S9: 5K monitor with Thunderbolt 4 connectivity showcased as Apple Studio Display competitor
Samsung has announced another ViewFinity monitor, a month on from its most recent ViewFinity S8 refresh. For some reason, Samsung's marketing image refers to the new monitor as the Viewfinity S9, but its press release still uses the stylised 'ViewFinity S9'. Regardless, the monitor could prove to be an Apple Studio Display and LG UltraFine 5K competitor, thanks to its size and native resolution.
Specifically, the ViewFinity S9 has a 27-inch and 5K panel (5,120 x 2,880), compared to the ViewFinity S8's (S8UT) native 4K resolution. For reference, the ViewFinity S9's size and resolution yield a 218 PPI. Additionally, the ViewFinity S9 offers 99% DCI-P3 colour space coverage and Delta E <2 factory-calibrated colour deviations. Samsung adds that it has integrated a 'Colour Calibration Engine' for calibrating colour balance, gamma and white balance using a smartphone, negating the need for specialist hardware.
It remains to be seen how fine these calibrations options are, though. A matte finish should also minimise glare and will diffuse reflections while working too. Moreover, the ViewFinity S9 has Thunderbolt 4 ports, and a compact webcam called the 4K SlimFit camera. The monitor can also be used in portrait orientation, as shown below. Unfortunately, Samsung has not confirmed pricing details or availability yet. Please note that the monitor may be listed by its model number at some retailers, S90PC, rather than ViewFinity S9.