- 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.