Samsung's Studio Display rival finally coming in August

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Samsung has announced US shipping for its ViewFinity S9 5K monitor, aimed at being a rival to the more costly Apple Studio Display.

Samsung ViewFinity S9
Samsung ViewFinity S9



The Samsung ViewFinity S9 5K has already been released in South Korea, but US buyers have been waiting for it since the display was previewed at CES in 2023. Now Samsung has officially announced a US date -- although it is only saying August 2023, nothing more specific.

"The ViewFinity S9 will be available for purchase in August on Samsung.com and at select retailers nationwide for $1,599.99," says the company.

That $1,599.99 price would appear to be 99c more expensive than the Apple Studio Display. However, Samsung's model comes as standard with a height-adjustable stand, and the equivalent option raises the Studio Display to $1,999.

The two rival displays are both 27-inch 5K models, with Thunderbolt 4 connectors, and internal speakers. Samsung's ViewFinity S9 has a better specification camera with a 4K webcam instead of what Apple describes as a 12MP Ultra Wide camera.

The Samsung ViewFinity S9 also comes with matte glass where Apple's is reflective, unless you buy a nanotexture option. That then raises Apple's price to $2,299.00.

Apple's nanotexture and Samsung's matte finish are not the same, but they do both aim to reduce reflection and glare on their monitors. They are also intended to help preserve color accuracy.

Calibration via smartphone



In what Samsung says is an industry first, the Samsung ViewFinity S9 5K's color accuracy can be calibrated using a smartphone. Users can start the process just by pointing a phone's camera at the screen, and using Samsung's SmartThings app.

Naturally that SmartThings app and this calibration feature work with Samsung's Galaxy phones. But the company also says that it will work with Apple's iPhone 11 or later, and with the second generation iPhone SE or later.



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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 3,213member
    I really thought it would be less expensive than that. I doubt it will succeed at that price point. Hopefully it ends up discounted by about $400. 
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  • Reply 2 of 11
    sennensennen Posts: 1,472member
    I’ll be getting a Studio Display (regular stand, regular screen finish) later this year, I think. I don’t find anything compelling on this Samsung monitor (or any other 5K monitors on the market) that can beat the build quality, longevity, image/colour quality and support (if required) of the Studio Display.

    My Thunderbolt Display lasted more than 10 years before I replaced the LCD panel, it’ll go another 10 though I actually need the 5K now as my editing workflow finally moves to 4K. (Also still using a couple of 23” Cinema Displays in our household that must be pushing 16-18 years of use, still excellent image quality).
    edited July 2023 forgot usernamewilliamlondonwatto_cobrabaconstangFileMakerFeller
  • Reply 3 of 11
    Apple Display with a VESA mount, best investment ever, it will last for years and picture is solid. a Samsung for the price of apple, WHY?!
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 11
    zeus423zeus423 Posts: 228member
    Everything Samsung I've ever bought simply hasn't lasted. The TV needed repair within a year, luckily under warranty. The washer and dryer are long gone. While we loved our fridge, when it needed a new circuit board after 9 years the part wasn't available for purchase. A refrigerator should last longer than that. Their products often look enticing, but they just don't hold up.

    On the other hand, my PowerMac 7100 from the 90's still boots with all original parts! Same with the PowerBook G4 -- still going strong. I just bought a Mac Mini with Studio Display and don't regret it one bit.
    sennenforgot usernamewilliamlondonwatto_cobradanoxFileMakerFeller
  • Reply 5 of 11
    sflagelsflagel Posts: 795member
    Microphones, Spatial Audio, audio quality? At the price stated here, I am not sure the Samsung display is compelling. 
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  • Reply 6 of 11
    thedbathedba Posts: 758member
    First off let's not compare a standard matte display with the nano textured display that Apple offers.
    The latter is far superior as far as image quality is concerned. 
    If all you do is browse the web and do office work, then you should not consider Apple's offerings if on a budget. It's overkill for those use cases. 

    I do however agree that Apple's adjustable stands are a very hard pill to swallow. It probably is an excellent stand when compared to the wobbly alternatives of the competition. However, is accidentally bumping your desk and not having your screen wobble, worth the extra $400?    For everyone to decide individually I guess.  
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  • Reply 7 of 11
    danoxdanox Posts: 2,684member
    thedba said:
    First off let's not compare a standard matte display with the nano textured display that Apple offers.
    The latter is far superior as far as image quality is concerned. 
    If all you do is browse the web and do office work, then you should not consider Apple's offerings if on a budget. It's overkill for those use cases. 

    I do however agree that Apple's adjustable stands are a very hard pill to swallow. It probably is an excellent stand when compared to the wobbly alternatives of the competition. However, is accidentally bumping your desk and not having your screen wobble, worth the extra $400?    For everyone to decide individually I guess.  

    If you have a choice and you were on the budget just get a Dell monitor or an LG monitor don’t even bother with a Samsung monitor, buying any Samsung product, will just end in disappointment (Samsung stove here). And if you really want peace of mind and 6 to 8 years or more of use buy an Apple curated monitor.
    edited July 2023 nubuswilliamlondon
  • Reply 8 of 11
    stompystompy Posts: 407member
    A couple weeks ago, for 1 day only, Costco sold the studio display for $1350. I thought to myself, "that's pretty good, but I'm going to wait and see the S9 price."
      :|
    blastdoor
  • Reply 9 of 11
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,132member
    This seems a fair bit dearer than a straight price comparison with Korean RRP at current exchange rates.
    Samsung must be testing the market with the consumer, the saving compared with the ASD a real stand and Matt display (yeah it isn’t nano texture, but still). 

    It also still leaves Samsung with a heap of room for its discount pricing ways. I would wait for that.
    edited July 2023 FileMakerFeller
  • Reply 10 of 11
    wozwozwozwoz Posts: 263member
    The problem (amongst others) with the Apple Studio Display is that you cannot lower it in height. Even the so-called height adjustable version of Apple's monitor only goes upwards (not downwards). And it is ergonomically too high to start with (apparently raised to allow the Mac Studio to fit underneath it, leading to further ergonomic fails. The Samsung also lets you change into portrait mode which is pretty cool. Hopefully Apple's next version will fix these flaws.
    williamlondon
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