Ahead of IFA 2018, Samsung unleashes Thunderbolt 3 QLED Quantum Dot curved display

IFA 2018 is almost upon us, with the trade show officially kicking off on August 31, but that doesn't usually stop big-name manufacturers from making major announcements ahead of time. Samsung is certainly no exception to this phenomenon, having demonstrated its eagerness to announce monitors a full four days before IFA got underway last year. Now, the company is repeating history with a "first-of-its-kind" monitor launch.

To be fair, Samsung's CJ79 QLED curved monitor was previously shown off at CES at the beginning of this year, with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity being one of its key selling points. According to the Korean manufacturer's announcement:

"... the CJ79 features two Thunderbolt™ 3 ports that transmit display, data and power at a superhero processing speed of up to 40 Gigabits per second (Gbps), eight times faster than USB 3.0, and simultaneously charges devices up to 85 watts(W), all through a single cable."

While Thunderbolt 3 connectivity may be convenient, that's likely not to be all that prospective buyers will be interested in finding out, and now we have more details regarding actual specifications such as refresh rates. Launching alongside two larger CJ89 models that preserve USB Type-C connectivity while dropping Thunderbolt support, here are the details of Samsung's latest monitor lineup:

CJ79 CJ89
Model Name C34J791

C43J89
C49J890

Size 34” (21:9) 43” (32:10)
49” (32:9)
Resolution 3,440 x 1,440 3,840 x 1,200 (43”)
3,840 x 1,080 (49”)
Curvature 1,500R 1,800R
Panel Type VA Curved
Brightness (Typ.) 300cd

Viewing Angle

178 degrees (H) / 178 degrees (V)
Contrast Ratio (Typ.) 3,000 : 1
Response Time 4ms (GTG) 5ms (GTG)
Refresh Rate 100Hz 43” (120Hz)
49” (144Hz)
Input Signal 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C)
(85W, 15W Power Delivery)
1x HDMI, 1 x DP, 2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB-C
(95W, 15W Power Delivery)
1x HDMI, 1x DP, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
Speaker 7W x 2 7W x 2 (49”)
5W x 2 (43”)
Mechanical Function HAS, Tilt, Wall Mount HAS, Tilt, Swivel, Wall Mount

In addition to the above, all three QLED screens incorporate Samsung's Quantum Dot technology, 125% sRGB color spectrum support, and AMD FreeSync compatibility. Meanwhile, the CJ89 also incorporates its own KVM switch. At present, the CJ79 and CJ89 monitors are available in Europe but will soon become available worldwide.

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