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. OnePlus 9 series
OnePlus expands the lineup of its 120Hz display phones with the all-new OnePlus 9 series. All three phones in the lineup, namely OnePlus 9R, OnePlus 9, and OnePlus 9 Pro (review), come with the high refresh rate AMOLED displays. While the screensize and resolution of the OnePlus 9R and OnePlus 9 are the same at 6.55-inch with FHD+ resolution, the OnePlus 9 Pro sports a large 6.67-inch LTPO display that bears QHD+ resolution.
Additionally, the flagship OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro both rock Snapdragon 888 SoC under the hood, 65W fast charging solution, Hasselblad cameras, and 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging solution. The OnePlus 9 also touts IP rating and 50W fast wireless charging. The OnePlus 9R, on the other hand, is powered by Snapdragon 870 SoC. The handset sports 48MP quad rear cameras and 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging.
2. Redmi Note 10 Pro and 10 Pro Max
Redmi Note 10 Pro and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (review) are the first Note-series offerings from the brand to come with high refresh rate screens in India. Both phones pack 120Hz refresh rate displays. The smartphones sport a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED punch-hole panels and Snapdragon 732G SoCs under the hood. This is coupled with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage onboard.
For photography, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max ships with 108MP quad rear cameras, whereas the Redmi Note 10 Pro employs 64MP quad cameras. That’s the only notable difference between the two phones, in terms of specs. As for the price, the Redmi Note 10 Pro costs Rs 15,999 for the base variant, while the Redmi Note 10 Pro will set you back to Rs 18,999.
3. Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro (review) makes a great 120Hz display phone, owing to its gaming-focused specifications. The smartphone is powered by 5G-capable MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC paired with up to 8GB RAM + 128GB user-expandable storage. The phone is driven by a 5,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging solution. It sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ display of LCD variety that, in addition to the high refresh rate, supports 180Hz touch sampling rate, 20:9 aspect ratio, and 600 nits peak brightness.
Other features of the Realme Narzo 30 Pro include 48MP triple rear cameras, 16MP selfie snapper, Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0, Dolby Atmos, and Hi-Res Audio. The phone’s price in India is set at Rs 16,999.
4. ASUS ROG Phone 5
Speaking of gaming, there isn’t any mobile phone in India that comes remotely close to the ASUS ROG Phone 5 (hands-on). The gaming-focused smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 888 SoC and employs a 6.78-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an even better 144Hz refresh rate than 120Hz. The handset runs on Android 11-based ROG UI custom skin on top and packs a large 6,000mAh battery with 65W fast-charging support.
The ASUS ROG Phone 5 specifications are also headlined by 64MP triple rear cameras, 24MP selfie camera, GameCool, the latest AirTrigger 5 technology, new AeroActive Cooler 5, dual front-facing speakers, multi-antenna Wi-Fi, and a quad-mic noise-cancelling array. ASUS ROG Phone 5 price in India starts at Rs 49,999.
5. Realme X7 Pro
Realme’s latest X-series phone also comes with 120Hz refresh rate display. Additionally, the Realme X7 Pro (review) is powered by the flagship MediaTek Dimensty 1000+ SoC, which has 5G modem built-in. The handset’s cameras comprises a quad setup at the back with 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor with 119-degree (FOV) and f/2.3 aperture, and a couple of 2MP snappers for macro and black and white shots. At the front, it sports a 32MP snapper for selfies and video calling.
The smartphone employs an in-display fingerprint scanner for security and a respectable 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging support. Connectivity features include 5G, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and USB Type-C port. The Realme X7 is priced in India at Rs 29,999.
6. 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.
7. Samsung Galaxy S21 series
The Samsung Galaxy S21 (review) series also comes with 120Hz refresh rate display, much like its predecessor. The vanilla Samsung Galaxy S21 sports the high refresh on a 6.2-inch FHD+ Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S21+ and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra tout a 6.7-inch and 6.8-inch Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display respectively. The handsets are powered by Exynos 2100 SoC in India coupled with up to 16GB RAM + 512GB storage onboard.
The Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra are equipped with a 4,000mAh, 4,800mAh, and 5,000mAh battery, respectively. As for the cameras, the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus have triple cameras at the back with a 12MP primary camera with OIS, a 64MP telephoto lens with 3X hybrid optical zoom, and a 12MP ultra-wide angle sensor. The Ultra has quad-cameras at the back, comprising of a 108MP primary camera with OIS and a 10x optical “super” telephoto sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and two 10MP lenses. The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is priced in India starting at Rs 69,999.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.