Samsung’s curved 55-inch Odyssey Ark can turn into a giant portrait screen

Samsung has unveiled its largest curved monitor yet, the 55-inch Odyssey Ark, showing its potential for both gaming and productivity. For gamers, it wraps around your field of view, so you can see both in front of and next to you when you’re playing Flight Simulator, for example. But it can also be rotated 90 degrees in a portrait orientation for work, with a Zoom feed, spreadsheets and everything else you need to see.


The Odyssey Ark is a Quantum Dot Mini LED display with a fairly sharp curvature and a 16:9 aspect ratio, as opposed to the much wider 32:9 format of the 49-inch Odyssey Neo G9. It can rotate and tilt via the Height Adjustable Stand (HAS), so you can position it at the optimal angle. That’s pretty important, because it’s so big when tilted vertically that you have to stretch your neck to see the top of the screen.

It also offers multiview options that allow “users to customize the Odyssey Ark exactly the way they want it with a fully customizable screen size to suit the game or program without compromising the 4K display and bright, colorful images. The monitor has also a wireless rotary knob controller to manage lighting and interface,” Samsung wrote in a press release. Other specs like refresh rate, color accuracy, latency and more are yet to be revealed, but with Mini LED you can probably count on a reasonably bright, fast and color accurate monitor.

Samsung’s press photos only show the Odyssey Ark angled from above and from the side, but YouTuber Tim Schofield tweeted some images from the CES show floor. Suffice to say, it’s pretty grand in portrait mode, essentially working as a triple screen with the top literally sticking out above the user. Samsung plans to bring it to the US in the second half of 2022, but hasn’t announced a price yet.

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