Samsung has been selling a 49-inch curved screen, but if all that screen real estate is not enough for you, the company has released an even wider 55-inch curved screen. This is accompanied by the new Home Hub for controlling the electronic devices and implements in your home.
It is still raining screens at the CES 2022, and Samsung is stepping up the notch. After releasing a slew of TVs, the South Korean company is now showcasing something for the office (or home office) with the Samsung Odyssey Ark, a 55-inch monstrosity curved in the middle. What is remarkable is that the screen can be positioned in portrait, making it bend right over your head. We would be interested to know why users would want that kind of setup, but apparently, Samsung knows their customers’ needs than we do. The orientation change is made possible by a specialized stand.
Samsung has not revealed much about this new monitor, save for availability in the second half of 2022 in the US. It has not even stated whether it is aimed at productivity or gaming (hey, who says gaming isn’t productive, anyway?).
However, it seems the screen features quantum dot color and Mini LED backlight technology.
As for the price, the Samsung Odyssey G9 could be got on sale for $999, so you can estimate with that.
The Odyssey Ark has a 16:9 aspect ratio, meaning it is not the extra-wide 32:9 monitors that were once the rave. This could help with some games that become distorted near the edges because of the extreme width.
Samsung is not ready to share details about this curved screen yet, but you can glean some details from its response to The Verge, reproduced below:
“Odyssey Ark is a next-generation flexible monitor perfect for people doing everything from editing to gaming at home. The Ark is the new industry-leading gaming display with a curved 55-inch display and 16:9 aspect ratio.
“The HAS (Height Adjustable Stand), pivot and tilt functionality, in addition to advanced ergonomic design, offers every gamer optimal comfort. This new vertical cockpit-style rotating display provides a new gaming experience and allows portrait or landscape orientation for multi-tasking and multi-window setup.
“Multiview options allow users to adjust Odyssey Ark exactly how they want it with a totally adaptable screen size to fit the game or the program without compromising its 4K display and bright, colorful images. The monitor also features a wireless, dial controller to manage lighting and the interface.”
Samsung has also revealed a standalone controller for its SmartThings devices. The new Samsung Home Hub is where you can monitor and control all your smart home devices.
The new device comes with a stand, but you can remove it and take it with you to any part of the house.
In the photo released by Samsung, Home Hub can be seen in the portrait orientation, which is better for a controller as it allows you to see more content at once. However, nothing suggests it won’t work in landscape mode if you prefer.
The UI will be familiar if you have been using the Samsung Family Hub smart fridge or the SmartThings app. In fact, the interface is simply a blow-up of what you get on the phone.
You can favorite some stuff for quicker access, but you will find a Devices page for all your gadgets, a Life page for accessing Samsung’s services, and a More page.
Samsung has also affirmed that it is committed to the new Matter protocol for the smart home. This is a new standard for smart devices to communicate over a local network, but with access over the internet when necessary.