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*PRE-ORDER* Samsung Ark monitor: expected release date, specs, price

A monitor like no other? The potential game-changer from Samsung
Last Updated on January 26, 2024
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The Samsung Ark release date feels like it’s been a long time coming, the monitor having first been announced back in January at CES.

However, the potentially revolutionary monitor is now available for pre-order, as it moves closer to release. The 55-inch Ark monitor can be pre-ordered directly with Samsung.

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For the uninitiated, what is the SamsungOdyssey Ark? Well, it looks to be a bold statement from the Korean company, delivering 4K resolution across a beautiful-looking screen powered by mini LED backlight tech.

Perhaps more impressive though is the monitor’s 55-inch 1000R curved display, marking the Ark as revolutionary as it is futuristic-looking.

Samsung Odyssey Ark release date (current info)

You can order the Samsung Odyssey Ark now. Samsung hasn’t yet been specific about a release date it looks likely that deliveries will be in the coming weeks (in September).

However, there are strong reasons to think a release date will be soon enough: First, it’s been eight months since CES, but secondly with new OLED panels from competitors anticipated in the coming week, it would make sense for Samsung to release it soon.

We’d anticipate the monitor to arrive in September, so not too long to wait for the potentially market-leading display device. Of course, updates from Samsung will be direct to anyone who does reserve to advise of shipping date.

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Ark features

A large panel, using quantum mini LED and AI-enhancing 4K tech, the Ark’s curved screen aims to improve the field of vision for gamers, providing a more natural viewing experience and potentially more immersion.

For workers too, a curve can feel more easily viewable and natural when looking across a display.

Additionally, the monitor has a Cockpit Mode, HAS (height adjustable stand), tilt and pivot functionality, allowing for vertical orientation. So, you should be able to put it exactly where you need it, orientation-wise.

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For audio, the Ark has four corner speakers along with two central woofers, adding in AI Sound Booster and Dolby Atmos for an audio experience that should wrap around along with the screen itself.

The monitor also features the ‘Ark dial’ for easy control of monitor settings, while’ Flex Move Screen’ means easy switching from 55-inch to 27-inch and ratio adjustment of (16:9 > 21:9 > 32:9).

AMD FreeSync Premium Pro is part of the whole too, as is HDR10+ content support.

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Samsung Ark specs

For work or play, the Ark looks set to be an excellent all-rounder monitor based on the feature-set Samsung has furnished it with. The specs are impressive too.

The 4K monitor offers a blistering 165hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. That’s compared to 120Hz and 5ms of some of Samsung’s own models.

In the audio department, the Ark delivers 60W total output in a 2.2.2 channel setup. Samsung claims the monitor’s 45Hz notes are the lowest of any gaming screen or sound bar.

Ark price

We do know the price of the Samsung Ark, and it’s not cheap. Set to be $3,499 at launch it will be the priciest monitor Samsung has. It’ll certainly also be one of the priciest monitors you can buy. So the current saving of $300 is really useful if you are keen to pick one up.

That’s not to say more pricey monitors aren’t arriving though? The monitor market is getting ready for a shuffle, which could see a few high-end displays arrive with pretty hefty price-tags.

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.