Samsung has announced the ViewFinity S9, a new 27-inch 5K display that it says is optimized for creative professionals, namely graphic designers and photographers. It is now, perhaps, the most viable alternative to Apple’s Studio Display.
The ViewFinity S9 is the follow-up to the S8 that the company announced in June of 2022. That monitor was also optimized for creatives with its promise of 98% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, a matte display, and an “ergonomic design,” but it capped out at 4K resolution.
The S9 builds on the S8 and is Samsung’s first 5K creator-focused display with a 5,120 x 2,880 resolution that pushes color accuracy even further, with the promise of 99% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut and an average Delta E of less than 2. The result is a display that Samsung says provides crisp and true-to-form details “even in complicated or nuanced visual environments.”
The ViewFinity S9 features a built-in Color Calibration Engine that Samsung says ensures precise screen color and brightness, which allows users to adjust white balance, Gamma, and RGB color balance for “perfect accuracy” when used in tandem with a creator’s smartphone via the Samsung Smart Calibration app. Just as was the case with the S8, the S9 features a matte display that Samsung says limits light reflection and glare for the purposes of minimizing distractions while working.
Samsung says that users can connect cameras and other devices to the monitor through USB-C and Thunderbolt 4 connections to “easily transfer gigantic files” of high-resolution video or other large data sets from storage devices to their PC. The ViewFinity S9 Series comes with a 4K SlimFit camera and supports native video conferencing through apps such as Google Meet that are included in the Samsung Smart Hub.
While the S8 was available in both 32 and 27-inch variants, the S9 appears to only come as a 27-inch display. Samsung did not provide pricing or availability for the ViewFinity S9 at the time of publication.
Updates to the Samsung M8 Smart Monitor
Samsung made several other monitor announcements today, and photographers may be interested in the updates to the M8 5K display series, a monitor that was originally announced last March. The company is making the “stylish and slim” monitor available in a new 27-inch size without losing the 4K resolution. The new smaller display comes in four color options: Daylight Blue, Spring Green, Sunset Pink, or Warm White.
Additionally, mouse control functionality has been added to many of the Smart Monitor’s over-the-top apps, including SmartThings and the Smart Hub, for a new level of convenient control without a remote. Finally, the integrated SlimFit camera in the Smart Monitor M8 has been upgraded with 2K resolution and works with video conferencing apps such as Google Meet.
Samsung did not release any pricing or availability at the time of publication.
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