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MSI Teases New Project 491C Monitor with 49″ Ultrawide QD-OLED Panel and 240Hz Refresh Rate

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In November 2022 MSI teased their forthcoming “Project 491C” gaming screen, a massive 49″ super-ultrawide display with a QD-OLED technology panel and 240Hz refresh rate! This will be the second QD-OLED panel size to be released to the monitor market by Samsung, after their 34″ ultrawide panel was adopted in excellent displays like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW earlier this year. The new 49″ super-ultrawide panel will offer the same great benefits of this technology, but in a new format.

MSI Project 491C specs and details we know so far

This is all that MSI have officially said about the screen so far via their Twitter in Nov 2022:

What we can assume though given this is an underlying Samsung panel, and in the past they have produced VA panels of the same size, is that the screen will offer some of the following specs and features. We can also draw some conclusions based on Samsung’s own OLED G9 display that was announced at CES in January 2023 and will be based on the same underlying panel:

  • An 1800R curvature. The “C” in the MSI product name likely stands for “curved” too
  • A 5120 x 1440 resolution, basically like dual 1440p monitors joined together
  • There is a 240Hz refresh rate, we know that much already! – for details on likely motion clarity and performance of a 240Hz OLED panel, see the information we provided in our news piece about LG’s recently announced 27″ 1440p 240Hz OLED monitor
  • A Samsung QD-OLED panel offering per pixel dimming, near instant response times, true blacks and a near infinite contrast ratio
  • 0.1ms G2G response time spec likely, to align with Samsung’s own model

More information on specs, features, availability and everything else when we get it!

Update 31 May 2023 – the screen is apparently due to be released in Q4 2023 but MSI still have not announced any further details or specs at this time


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