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The Samsung Ark won't be as popular as the Odyssey G9


By TechThop Team

Posted on: 17 Aug, 2022

As of 2020, Samsung did something a little out of the ordinary. The Odyssey G9 Neo was an update of the original 32:9 monitor, which quickly became one of the best gaming monitors. It appears Samsung is trying to achieve the same with its new Odyssey Ark smartphone, but it won't be as successful as the Odyssey G9.

The idea of a 32:9 monitor was certainly wild. The aspect ratio is 16:9, so it makes sense why you'd want that. Creating one and seeing it take off? That's a great idea.

The ground swell made super ultrawide possible: regular 21:9 ultrawide. At the time the Odyssey G9 was released, ultrawides had been on the market for about eight years, and the updated Odyssey G9 Neo had been on the market for nearly ten years.

Samsung is recognizing this trend too late, to the Ark's detriment, as games became more multi-monitor and Microsoft offered better desktop snapping tools. It is not possible to stack several windows vertically on Windows or MacOS, and Samsung's Multi-View does not meet the needs of people who want to use the Ark as a monitor rather than as a bizarre pseudo-TV.

The LG DualUp is an example of a vertical monitor trend. It's still a relatively new category. In spite of the fact that the groundwork to properly support curved screen gaming monitors wasn't there, Samsung went with the all-out approach to curved screens in its Odyssey G9 gaming monitor.

It's really impressive looking at the Ark. The idea of a 55-inch screen rotating vertically seems extremely practical and convenient. It wouldn't last over time. If you tilt your neck back too much to look at the screen, you may quickly develop neck pain, and you'll need to be away from the monitor to see everything.

A more practical feature of the Odyssey G9 Neo is the ability to snap windows to either side of the screen. In addition, the Odyssey G9 Neo supports multiple sources properly. The Ark currently only supports one HDMI source at a time. It's either dead space or Samsung apps on the rest of the screen.

It's not just Ark's issues compared to the Odyssey G9 Neo that limit its appeal: its price. Ark's $3,500 price place it at the top of Samsung's display pricing range. The Odyssey G9 Neo is $1,200 more expensive at list price, and up to $1,900 more expensive when it goes on sale. It costs even more than some 8K televisions.

The Odyssey G9 Neo and the Ark are never linearly valued. In the end, the differences in price don't matter after a certain point. In other words, if you're willing to spend $3,000 on a monitor, you're probably willing to spend $3,500 as well.

The gap between the Ark and the Odyssey G9 Neo is simply too big to ignore. In view of the fact that both monitors serve similar functions, it's not great that the price difference could be easily made up by building a PC.

It's a unique concept, and it works. In spite of how crazy it may sound, Samsung has come up with a vertical monitor that allows you to have an immersive media experience and multitask at the same time. The Odyssey G9 Neo, on the other hand, recognized and capitalized on a trend just before it reached an inflection point.

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