Here’s why Huawei P40 Pro does not support 120Hz refresh rate

Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ come with 90Hz displays, while the regular P40 gets a 60Hz screen.

Highlights
 
  • Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ come with a 90Hz refresh rate
  • Huawei CEO Richard Yu says the phone does not support 120Hz refresh rate due to battery concerns
  • He added that the 90Hz panel on the P40 Pro is optimised for smoothness

Huawei’s latest flagship smartphones, called the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+, come with high-end hardware and some of the best cameras on a smartphone yet. They even have a one-of-a-kind Overflow display, which offers a four-sided curved display. However, quite a few people are not able to digest the fact that the P40 Pro’s display only supports a 90Hz refresh rate as opposed to 120Hz that is now available on a few flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S20 series and the Find X2 Pro. Now, the reason for a lower refresh rate screen has been provided by Huawei CEO Richard Yu. 

As per a report by the Chinese website ITHome, Huawei has chosen a 90Hz screen over 120Hz due to battery saving concerns. As logic dictates, a higher refresh rate display means higher power consumption. Huawei has said that it has fine-tuned the P40 Pro’s display for smoothness and at the same time consume less battery.

While 120Hz is definitely smoother than a 90Hz panel, the difference is not readily apparent

The P40 Pro is also a 5G-ready phone and this will put additional strain on the phone’s battery life, hence it was not advisable to put in a 120Hz display. Then there is the fact that a 120Hz refresh rate display would put on a significant strain on the chipset, which might also result in jaggy performance. 

While 120Hz is definitely smoother than a 90Hz panel, the difference is not readily apparent to the untrained eye. The difference is more noticeable when one goes from a 60Hz panel to a 90Hz display. Then there is the fact that not all content is optimised for more than 60Hz refresh rate. Games, PUBG Mobile in particular, currently cannot have a refresh rate of over 60Hz. 

Key Specs

Huawei P40 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G | 8 GBProcessor
6.58 inches Display
50 MP + 40 MP + 12 MPRear camera
32 MPSelfie camera
4200 mAh Battery
Huawei P40 Pro Price
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Rs. 70,750.00
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