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MSI Eyes Samsung Curved Gaming Monitor Throne

Taiwanese PC manufacturer, MSI, has sought to dethrone Samsung as the world’s largest curved gaming monitor supplier in 2019, with some commentators asserting it stands a chance.

As per Taiwanese trade publication, DigiTimes, MSI is currently ranked second globally, with curved products representing 60% of its overall gaming monitor shipments in 2018, up from 35% in 2017.

The figure is expected to notch 66.7% this year.

Shipments of gaming monitors contrast a slump in PC monitor sales.

Despite low market share, profitability of gaming monitors are reportedly nearly three times that of regular models.

Latest DigiTimes research state gaming monitor shipments (refresh rate above 100Hz) has climbed from 1.3 million units in 2016 to 6.2 million units in 2018.

The trend is forecast to further grow in 2019, notching ~8.2 million.

In terms of curved panels, Samsung Display currently remains the world’s largest supplier.

MSI has also sought to accelerate its gaming notebook and desktop portfolio – markets traditionally dominated by Asus.

For the first two months of 2019, the company has reportedly generate consolidated revenues of f NT$19.08 billion (US$614.57 million).

Whilst the figure is ~4.8% down year-on-year, the result claims to be notably better than rivals.

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