LG has revealed a new 45-inch ultrawide OLED gaming monitor with a refresh rate of 240Hz. The company is anointing the UltraGear 45GR95QE, its “first curved OLED display with a 240Hz refresh rate,” which is notable when most OLED displays, including flat panels, are still limited to 120Hz.
The company will eventually reveal pricing or a release date for the monitor but plans to offer it off at IFA in Berlin next month.
A higher refresh rate signifies a display appears smoother and less judder, and video games feel more responsive to play — particularly when combined with OLED’s near-instantaneous response times. Unfortunately, it was rare to find an OLED display with a refresh rate above 120Hz, but that’s changed in current months.
YouTube channel HDTVTest noted in May that Samsung’s S95B QD-OLED TV had evolved into the first OLED TV to support a 144Hz refresh rate. While Alienware’s AW3423DW monitor, which also employs a QD-OLED panel from Samsung Display, goes up to 175Hz.
However, we’re seeing OLED displays that go up to 240Hz. HDTVTest noted earlier this month that the MSI GE67 HX laptop features the world’s first 240Hz OLED display, and Razer has also revealed a 240Hz OLED laptop of its own. Just this week, we also saw Corsair plug a 240Hz OLED monitor, although the fact that it can be manually curled into a curved monitor stole some awareness away from its high refresh rate.
Away from its refresh rate, the UltraGear 45GR95QE’s other specs include an aspect ratio of 21:9, a curvature of 800R, and the ability to display 98.5 of the DCI-P3 color gamut. In addition, it’s got 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 the refresh rates of OLED panels are improving, they still trail far behind what LCD is capable of. LCD panels with 360Hz refresh rates are becoming increasingly common, and earlier this year, we saw the first 500Hz Nvidia G-Sync gaming display announced by Asus.
LG Corporation, a South Korean global conglomerate, was founded by Koo In-hwoi and managed by subsequent generations of his family. It is the fourth-biggest chaebol in South Korea. Its base is in the LG Twin Towers building in Seoul. LG makes chemicals, electronics, and telecommunications products and operates subsidiaries like LG Display, LG Uplus, LG Electronics, Zenith, LG Innotek, LG Energy Solution, and LG Chem in around 80 nations.
LG Corporation as Lak Hui Chemical Industrial Corp. in 1947 by Koo In-hwoi. In 1952, Lak Hui became the first South Korean company to join the plastics industry. As the company grew its plastics business, it set up GoldStar Co. Ltd. in 1958. Both firms, Lucky and GoldStar, merged to form Lucky-Goldstar in 1983.
GoldStar produced South Korea’s first radio. In addition, many consumer electronics were sold under the brand name GoldStar, while some other household products were sold under Lucky. The Lucky brand was recognized for hygiene products like soaps and HiTi laundry detergents, but it was primarily associated with its Lucky and Perioe toothpaste. LG continues to fabricate some of these products for the South Korean market, like laundry detergent.
Koo In-hwoi led the corporation until he died in 1969 when his son Koo Cha-Kyung took over. He then gave his son, Koo Bon-moo, leadership in 1995. Koo Bon-moo renamed the company LG that year. The company also associates the alphabet LG with the company’s tagline “Life’s Good.” Since 2009, LG has held the domain name LG.com.