120Hz displays refresh images 33 percent faster than a 90Hz screen, thus ensuring better animation and lesser motion-blur
We’re quickly moving from 90Hz display phones to the era of 120Hz display phones. Not just gaming phones, even mainstream smartphones these days are flaunting the high screen refresh rate that is rated to offer buttery-smooth scrolling, animation, and transitions. The list of 120Hz display phones is growing, with Samsung leading the pack, followed by OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Realme, among others. Before we get down to the list, here’s a quick look at what the high 120Hz refresh rate tech brings to the table and how better it’s from 90Hz.
What is a 120Hz (or above) display?
In many premium models nowadays, 120Hz is the refresh rate at which the image redraws on the screen. It can render the image 120 times per second, which is 33 percent faster than what a 90Hz screen offers. While the difference between 120Hz and 90Hz screens is not easily perceivable with the naked eye, you’ll undoubtedly notice a difference if you’re upgrading from phones with, say, 60Hz refresh rate.
The high refresh rate makes the animations and content on the screen look and feel smooth and snappier, thus, improving the overall experience. You’ll love scrolling through the app drawer, images, web pages, and more on 120Hz display phones. It’s worth mentioning that the refresh rate is a hardware feature, compatible with only supported apps and videos. However, most games these days come with support for the high 120Hz refresh rate. That said, the high refresh rate requires a powerful chipset to keep up with the graphics frame rate and a beefy battery cell to ensure the 120Hz display phone lasts long.
The refresh rate should not be confused with its correlated metric, i.e. touch sample rate. The latter, also measured in Hz, is the speed at which a screen registers your touch and responds with the next set of renders in the animation. A higher-touch refresh rate means less lag between input (touch or swipe) and action. If the touch refresh rate and screen refresh rate are the same — say 60Hz or 90Hz, the animations will render in one interval. Apple’s iPhone 11 series phones, for instance, have 60Hz refresh rate and 120Hz touch response rate.
List of 120Hz display phones
1. Mi 10i
Xiaomi’s mid-range Mi 10i smartphone rocks 120Hz AdaptiveSync display. The phone also employs a mid-range Snapdragon 750G SoC under the hood, 108MP primary camera at the back, and a beefy 4,280mAh battery. Other highlights of the 4K video recording support, 120Hz display phone include 33W fast charging solution, punch-hole design, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and 16MP selfie snapper for selfies and video calling.
Software-wise, the Mi 10i runs Android 10-based MIUI 12 OS out of the box. Connectivity features include 5G, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB Type-C port. The Mi 10i is priced in India starting at Rs 20,999. The phone will be available for sale in the country from January 8th onwards.
2. POCO X2 and X3
POCO X2 (review) and X3 (review) are the most affordable 120Hz display phones in India right now. Both phones are available with a mouth-watering price tags of under Rs 20,000. POCO X2 specifications include a 6.67-inch full HD+ display of LCD variety instead of AMOLED, Snapdragon 730G SoC, up to 8GB RAM + 256GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, 64MP quad rear cameras, and 20MP + 2MP dual selfie cameras at the front. The handset boots Android 10 OS with MIUI 11 out of the box and houses a 4,500mAh battery with 27W fast-charging fuels the handset.
The POCO X3 ships with the same 6.67-inch FHD+ display as the X2. However, the phone is powered by slightly better Snapdragon 732G SoC, 6,000mAh battery, 33W fast charging solution, and 64MP quad rear cameras with 13MP ultra-wide sensor instead of 8MP. The handset has a single 20MP front-facing camera for selfies and video calling.
3. OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T (review) is the cheapest flagship with a 120Hz display, and to make the experience even better, it has an AMOLED panel. The phone’s display measures 6.55-inch and bears FHD+ display resolution, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage sits under the hood. This 120Hz display phone is driven by a 4,500mAh battery with an impressive 65W fast charging solution.
OnePlus 8T specifications also include 48MP quad rear cameras, in-display fingerprint scanner for security, 4K video support, dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, and 5G connectivity. OnePlus 8T price in India starts at Rs 42,999.
4. Realme X3 series
Realme this year also joined the bandwagon of the 120Hz display phones with its affordable flagships Realme X3 and Realme X3 SuperZoom (review). Both phones sport that high refresh rate with a 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD panel that bears an elongated punch-hole in the top left and 20:9 aspect ratio. The handsets are powered by Snapdragon 855+ SoCs coupled with up to 12GB RAM + 256GB storage onboard.
The SuperZoom model touts 64MP quad rear cameras with up 60x digital zoom and 32MP + 8MP dual selfie cameras, whereas the Realme X3 sports 64MP cameras with 20x digital zoom and 16MP front camera. Both phones come with a 4,200mAh battery and 30W Dart fast charging solution.
5. Samsung Galaxy S20 series
Samsung Galaxy S20 series comes in four models, and surprisingly, all four of them sports 120Hz refresh rate screen. The entry-level Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (review) sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, while the vanilla S20 has a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O QHD+ display. The Samsung Galaxy S20+ (review) and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the other hand, employs a 6.7-inch and a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O QHD+ display respectively. These 120Hz display phones are powered by Exynos 990 chipset in India and other selected markets.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series also packs a beefy battery cell with fast wired and wireless charging and up to 108MP quad-rear camera setup that supports 100x Space Zoom. Other highlights include 5G connectivity (for selected regions), ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner, IP68 rating, Android 10-based One UI 2.0 OS, and up to 16GB RAM + 128GB user-expandable storage. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series price in India starts at Rs 40,999.
6. Mi 10T series
The Mi 10T series uses a 144Hz display phone instead of 120Hz. Both Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro (review) smartphones in the lineup come with that high refresh rate for buttery smooth animation and transition. The phone’s specifications include a 6.67-inch FHD+ display of LCD variety, Snapdragon 865 SoCs, up to 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option, and a 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.
For photography, the Mi 10T Pro packs a 108MP triple camera setup at the back, whereas the Mi 10T employs 64MP triple rear cameras. At the front, both smartphones feature 20MP snapper in the punch-hole setup for selfies and video calling.
7. OnePlus 8 Pro
The ultra-premium OnePlus 8 Pro (review) also comes with a 120Hz refresh rate screen. You get that high refresh rate with QHD+ resolution as opposed to FHD+. Additionally, the OnePlus 8 Pro comes with wireless charging support and IP68 water and dust-resistance rating. The phone comes in at 6.78-inch tall and rocks Snapdragon 865 SoC under the hood.
The rest of the OnePlus 8 Pro specifications include 48MP quad rear cameras, 16MP shooter on the front, 4,510mAh battery, and 30W fast wired charging support. There is an in-display fingerprint scanner for security and OxygenOS atop Android 10 taking care of the software side of things. The OnePlus 8 Pro is currently selling at Rs 54,999 in India.
8. Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
For some reason, only the top-end Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (review) model in the company’s 2020 Note series lineup comes with a 120Hz refresh rate. That said, the phone doesn’t come cheap. The Galaxy Note20 Ultra is priced at Rs 1,04,999 in India. The handset also highlights a 6.9-inch display with QHD+ resolution, Snapdragon 865+ SoC, 108MP triple rear cameras with laser autofocus, 12GB RAM, up to 512GB storage onboard, 10MP selfie camera, and 4,500mAh battery that supports 25W wired charging, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, and reverse wireless charging.
There is support for S Pen as well, which has a reduced latency of 9 milliseconds and a more realistic writing style. Other features of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra include 5G connectivity, IP68 water- and dust-resistance certified, Wireless DeX, AKG-optimised stereo speakers, and ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner.
9. ASUS ROG Phone 3
The gaming-focused ASUS ROG Phone 3 (review) touts a 6.59-inch FHD+ AMOLED display that bears 144Hz refresh rate – offering you an even better experience than the 120Hz display phone. To take care of that high refresh rate, the ROG Phone 3 houses an astounding 6,000mAh battery with 30W hyper charging support. The rest of the phone is also to be admired. The ROG Phone 3 rocks Snapdragon 865+ SoC, which is 10 percent more powerful than the regular Snapdragon 865 chipset, under the hood. The phone is being offered in 128GB/ 256GB fast UFS 3.1 storage options.
In optics, the ROG Phone 3 sports a 64MP triple camera setup at the back, while the front camera gets a 24MP sensor with f/2.0 for selfies and video calling. The handset also packs a cooling tech, which the company likes to call “GameCool 3”, and dual front-facing speakers. The phone even offers support for accessories such as controller pad, dual-screen accessory, Nintendo Switch Joy-Con like controllers, and a Switch-like docking station. The ASUS ROG Phone 3 price in India starts at Rs 46,999.
10. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
If you want a foldable phone with 120Hz display, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is your only bet right now. The next-gen foldable smartphone from the brand sports a 7.6-inch flexible AMOLED Infinity-O display on the inside that bears the high refresh rate. The handset also employs a 6.2-inch AMOLED Infinity-O display on the cover with minimal bezels, but that comes with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. Both screens have punch-holes atop for selfie cameras. The form factor of the Fold2 is similar to the original Galaxy Fold from last year in that it opens and closes like a book. The phone flaunts a triple camera setup at the back, with a 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide-angle, and another 12MP telephoto sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 price in India is set at Rs 1,49,999.