LG has announced a new 45-inch ultrawide OLED gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate. The company calls the UltraGear 45GR95QE “the first curved OLED display with a 240Hz refresh rate,” which stands out at a time when most OLED displays (including those with flat panels) are still capped at 120Hz. The company hasn’t announced pricing or a release date for the monitor yet, but plans to showcase it at IFA in Berlin next month.
Having a higher refresh rate means displays appear smoother and less stilted, and video games feel more responsive to play — especially when combined with OLED’s near-instant response time. Until recently it was rare to find OLED screens with a refresh rate of more than 120Hz, but that has changed in recent months. Youtube Channel HDTVTest reported in May that Samsung’s S95B QD-OLED TV has become the first OLED TV to support a 144Hz refresh rate (though not officially), while Alienware AW3423DW Monitorwhich also uses a QD-OLED panel from Samsung Display, up to 175Hz.
Now, however, we’re seeing OLED displays pop up at up to 240Hz. HDTVTest reported earlier this month that the MSI GE67 HX laptop has the world’s first 240Hz OLED display, and Razer has also announced own 240Hz OLED laptop. Just this week we also saw Corsair announces 240Hz OLED monitoralthough the fact that it can be manually bent into a curved monitor steals the show from its high refresh rate.
Away from its refresh rate, other specifications of the UltraGear 45GR95QE include a 21:9 aspect ratio, 800R curvature, and the ability to display 98.5 DCI-P3 color gamut. It has a 1440p resolution, an HDMI 2.1 port with support for variable refresh rates, and an additional DisplayPort 1.4 connector. There are also built-in picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture modes for displaying content from multiple sources side by side.
While OLED panel refresh rates are increasing, they still lag far behind LCD capabilities. LCD panels with 360Hz refresh rates are becoming more and more common, and earlier this year we saw First Nvidia G-Sync 500Hz gaming display announced by Asus.