What you need to know
- Samsung has announced its new M8 smart monitor.
- The monitor offers a lot of the same features as Apple's Studio Display for less than half the price.
- It even offers some features that the Studio Display lacks.
Earlier this month, Apple launched the Studio Display to mediocre reviews. The monitor, which features a 5K display, webcam, and speakers, came in at a starting price of $1599. Now, Samsung is looking to undercut Apple with a similar display at half the price.
Today, the company announced (opens in new tab) the M8, a new smart monitor that features a 32-inch display, webcam, speakers, smarts, and an adjustable stand starting at $699. Kyounghoon Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of Design Team, Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics, said that the aim of the new monitor was to match the "lifestyles of all kinds of people and preferences."
The 32-inch 4K HDR display features a removable webcam, wide-array microphone, speakers, and a height-adjustable stand. It also has some streaming services built-in as well as supports wireless technologies like AirPlay 2.
The M8 monitor will come in four colors: Warm White, Sunset Pink, Daylight Blue, and Spring Green. It has yet to get into the hands of reviewers but, if it does well, it stands to undercut Apple's new Studio Display for those seeking an all-rounder external monitor.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
PPI of this screen is 140, which is all right only if you like to sit 3 feet away from your screen. This Samsung should have been a 6K monitor for a one-to-one comparison with Studio Display. If you're sitting close to this screen the pixels will be clearly visible - no thanks.
Come on. You can’t with a straight face compare a 4K to a 5k monitor.
Sure you can, if you acknowledge the difference in specs along with the difference in price. Might not be a viable option for real Apple fans, but may be just fine for those looking for similar functionality in a Windows envirionment.
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