Samsung will launch 34-inch ultrawide QD-OLED gaming monitors next year
Financial portal Edaily from South Korea reports that Samsung is expected to launch gaming OLED monitors along with the QD-OLED TV lineup next year. The information comes straight from the CEO of Samsung Display, Choi Joo-Sun, who recently shared the company’s future plans. Choi stated that "QD Display will mass-produce 65 and 55-inch TVs and 34-inch monitors, see market reactions, and decide whether to increase production.”
Although Choi does not mention any specs for the 34-inch monitor, we can safely assume it will be an ultrawide model, since many of the current 34-inch gaming monitors on the market feature the 21:9 aspect ratio. Vincent Teoh from HDTVTest is suggesting that, while this could be more appealing to gamers, it could unfortunately allow Samsung to charge a price premium, as the initial QD-OLED yields are reported to be around 33%.
To justify the increased prices that might be significantly higher than what LG will charge for a 16:9 42-inch OLED TV, Samsung may even provide a curved screen, which is easier to achieve with OLED technology due to the lack of backlight. One advantage that Samsung’s upcoming 34-inch gaming monitor has over LG’s 42-inch and 48-inch TVs with WRGB pixel structure is the higher PPI and the RGB pixel structure that can render clearer and sharper text plus increased color volume provided by the Quantum Dot layer.
Samsung also included a new section for its QD Display product page that presents how the QD-OLED technology can be applied to monitors and what benefits it brings for gamers. It prominently describes how QD screens exhibit faster response time, and, given that LG’s screens already provide 120 Hz refresh rates, we can expect similar figures from Samsung.
The first QD-Display demos should happen at CES 2022, so we will soon see if Quantum Dot OLEDs are in any way better than LG’s WRGB OLED technology.