The displays on a smartphone matter a lot for some people and some people just don’t care about it. Let us start by explaining to you about High Refresh Rate displays. Displays on smartphones are not static. The content and motion on the smartphone seems to appear smooth on your phone’s screen because every pixel on the display panel updates (refreshes) to display the latest content from the internals of your device. The display panel updates the content of their screen at a constant and regular interval period of time, known as the refresh rate. So basically, if you are getting a smartphone with a 90Hz or a 120Hz Display, this means that the screen on your smartphone refreshes 90 times per second or 120 times per second compared to the regular 60 times per second.
Now some of you might ask, what’s the advantage of higher refresh rate display’s on a smartphone, does it affect while watching shows on Netflix? No, this basically is an advantage to gamers who play games like PUBG Mobile and more and need the game’s content to refresh automatically multiple times in a second. The high refresh rate is also noticeable while scrolling through apps and opening/closing apps. So now, that we have compiled a list of the best smartphones available in the market that come with the 120Hz Display Refresh rate.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, S20 Plus, S20
No one can beat Samsung in terms of the display panel and quality, we all know that. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, the S20+, and the S20, although having a different screen size, but all these variants pack in a 120Hz display with the screen size ranging from 6.9-inches, 6.7-inches, and 6.2-inches. All the three smartphones from the S20 series have a Quad HD+ Panel. As you can already expect from Samsung, the displays are the best displays on a smartphone and the colors are vibrant with good details. While most of you are concerned about the other specifications as you’ll be buying an expensive device, the S20 Series is power-packed. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series feature the Exynos 990 Chipset instead of the Snapdragon 865 in India and some other global markets, but the Exynos 990 is not bad either. All these three are HDR10+ Certified and comes with Widevine L1 Certification.
When it comes to the cameras, all the three phones shine. The S20 and the S20+ have almost the same cameras, sporting a primary 12-megapixel shooter, a secondary 64-megapixel 3x Optical Zoom lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide, the S20+ has an additional ToF sensor for depth information. Whereas the S20 Ultra has a 108-megapixel Primary, a 48-megapixel secondary 10x Telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and a ToF lens. All the three smartphones have an in-display fingerprint scanner, come with USB Type-C port. The S20 packs in a 4,000mAh battery, the S20+ has a 4,500mAh battery and the Ultra sporting a 5,000mAh battery.
ASUS ROG Phone 2:
The Asus ROG Phone 2 was one of the first smartphones with the 120Hz display panel to launch in India and with its killer pricing, it is one of the best budget flagship smartphones. The ASUS ROG Phone 2 packs in a 6.59-inch FHD+ OLED Display panels with a 120Hz Refresh Rate. The display is great for gaming, the colours are punchy and vibrant and brightness levels are good. No complaints about here. The display also has a 240Hz touch sampling rate compared to the normal 120Hz. The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is just not a casual phone but is specifically built for gaming enthusiasts with special additions like Air Triggers and more. It is obvious, as its a gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone 2 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ Chipset with up to 12GB of RAM.
The ROG Phone 2 also has a capable dual-camera setup comprising of a primary 48-megapixel shooter, and a secondary 13-megapixel ultra-wide angled lens. This smartphone also has an in-display fingerprint scanner, dual USB-Type C Port and packs in a 6,000mAh battery which would definitely come handy while gaming for long hours. Overall, this is the best gaming smartphone and one of the best smartphones with a 120Hz Display Rate.
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Moving on to a smartphone from a brand that was hyped for about a year, the POCO X2 which is a completely new smartphone from the POCO F1, coming in at a price of Rs. 15,999 has taken the industry and set a benchmark of 120Hz Display panels. Sporting a large 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD 120Hz Display. Although it is not an AMOLED panel, the colors are good, and the viewing angles are great as well. The vibrance is a bit less, but overall considering the 120Hz panel at this price, this con can be kept aside.
Other than the display, the POCO X2 sports the Snapdragon 730G Chipset has an excellent quad-camera setup comprising of a primary 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 Sensor, a secondary 8-megapixel ultra-wide, a 2-megapixel Depth and a 2-megapixel macro lens. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a massive 4,500mAh battery and a USB Type-C port for charging. The 120hz panel makes it a worthy buy.
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OnePlus 8 Pro
Featuring IP68 rating for dust and water resistance with wireless fast charging up to 30W along with new camera sensors, more powerful processor, a bigger battery and a display with higher refresh rate, OnePlus 8 Pro features a true flagship itself. The display offering more plunged experience with rounded display along the sides, 6.78-inch QHD+ 1440 3168 pixel resolution AMOLED panel, HDR+ support, high colour accuracy and a bump from previous years 90Hz refresh rate to 120HZ. One Plus Pro has the ability to run 120HZ at QHD+ resolution, something which Samsung’s S20 series is unable to do. Supporting warp charge 30T and featuring 4510 mAh battery, OnePlus 8 Pro can be charged in an hour up to 100 percent.
Oppo Find X2 Pro
Launched in March 2020, Oppo Find X2 Pro features Oppo’s latest smartphone and offers a lot to compete with the flagship. It’s stuffed with built-in 5G connectivity and Snapdragon 865, comprises 65W Super VOOC charging, QHD+ resolution 6.7-Inch AMOLED panel with 120Hz refresh rate with its display featuring one billion colours.
In general, Oppo Find X2 Pro packed with a good hardware, feels first-class and one of the best smartphones offering 120Hz refresh rate display.
What do you think of these phones on this list? Will you buy a smartphone just for high refresh rate displays?