Best smartphones with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate display: OnePlus 8 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 series and more


We are moving rapidly to the era of 120Hz display phones from 90Hz display phones. Not only gaming phones but mainstream smartphones also are flaunting the high screen refresh rate these days which offers buttery smooth scrolling, animation and transitions. Users with smartphones having higher refresh rates will also have an advantage in gaming.

What is a 120Hz or above display

The 120Hz is the refresh rate at which the image redraws on the screen which can furnish the image 120 times per second. It is 33% faster than a 90Hz screen offerings. The difference between 120Hz and 90Hz screens is not easily visible with the naked eye but you can clearly see the difference if you are upgrading from phones having 60Hz refresh rate.

The high refresh rate makes the animations and content on the screen look and feel smooth enhancing the overall experience. The refresh rate is a hardware feature which is compatible with only supported apps and videos. Most games these days come with a high 120Hz refresh rate. Also, the high refresh rate requires a powerful chipset to keep up with the graphics frame rate and a hefty battery capacity to ensure the 120Hz display phone lasts long.

Here is a list of smartphones with 120Hz display

1. OnePlus 8 Pro

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OnePlus features a 6.78 inch Fluid AMOLED display that bears a 120Hz refresh rate and which is slightly better than 90Hz display on the vanilla OnePlus 8. The OnePlus 8 Pro’s screen also has a QHD+ resolution, HDR10+ support, punch-hole for the selfie camera and MEMC technology which enhance the frame rate of a standard video from 24fps to 120 fps. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC processor and is paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage on board.  It has a 48 megapixel quad-rear camera set up and a 16 megapixel selfie shooter on the front. The phone is coupled with 4510mAh battery capacity with 30W fast wired and wireless charging support. Also, the phone comprised an in-display fingerprint scanner for security and runs on OxygenOS atop Android 10. The OnePlus 8 Pro is the first smartphone to come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating.

2. POCO X2

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The POCO X2 is the most affordable 120Hz display phone in the market today. The POCO X2 features a 6.67 inch full HD+ display of LCD variety instead of AMOLED. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC processor and coupled with Adreno 618 GPU. It is coupled with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB UFS 2.1 internal storage. The handset runs on Android 10 OS. The phone features quad cameras set up at the back consisting of a 64 megapixel Sony IMX686 primary sensor, an 8 megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2 megapixel macro lens and a 2 megapixel depth sensor. There is a 20 megapixel main sensor at the front and 2 megapixel secondary depth sensor backed by artificial intelligence (AI) in an elongated punch-hole atop the display. It comprises a 4500mAh battery with 27W fast charging.

3. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

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All three Samsung Galaxy S20 series smartphones feature a 120Hz display. The vanilla S20 has a 6.2 inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O QHD+ display, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra have a 6.7 inch and 6.9 inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O QHD+ display respectively. Both the phones are powered by Exynos 990 chipset. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series also packs a hefty battery capacity with fast wired and wireless charging. It has a quad-rear camera setup of up to 108MP with 100x Space Zoom. On the connectivity front, it includes 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.

4. Asus ROG Phone 2

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Asus ROG Phone 2 is a gaming phone which features a 6.59 inch AMOLED display and 240Hz touch sampling. The screen has fair amounts of bezels which houses front-firing speakers for an enhanced gaming experience. The phone comprises a hefty 6000mAh battery capacity with 30W fast charging support. The phone is powered by 2.89GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC which is coupled by 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 512GB UFS 3.0 storage options. The ROG Phone 2 also has Game Liquid II tech to keep the thermals under check and support for accessories including cooling fan, controller pad, dual-screen accessory, Nintendo Switch Joy-Con like controllers and a Switch-like docking station.

5. OPPO A92s

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OPPO A92s is a mid-range 120Hz display phone and has been released only in China so far. It has a 6.57 inch IPS LCD display with HD+ and 1080 x 2400 pixels screen resolution and the high refresh rate. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800 (MT6873V) 5G chipset and comes in two storage options – 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. The OPPO A92s has a quad-camera setup at the back including a 48 megapixel primary sensor and the front camera of the phone has a 16 megapixel selfie shooter.

6. nubia Play 5G

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nubia Play 5G is another mid-range phone with a high refresh rate and unlike OPPO A92s this gaming-focused smartphone rocks an even higher refresh rate of 144Hz. The phone packs a 5100mAh battery capacity which is backed by 30W fast wired charging support. The handset has a FHD+ AMOLED display of 6.65 inch and Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G chipset under the hood. The phone has a quad rear camera set up which consists of a 48 megapixel Sony IMX582 primary sensor, an 8 megapixel ultra-wide snapper, a 2 megapixel shooter for macro shots and a 2 megapixel shooter for depth data. The front facing camera has a 12 megapixel sensor for selfies and video calling and runs on Android 10.

7. nubia Red Magic 5G

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The nubia Red Magic 5G is a gaming centric smartphone and has a 6.65 inch AMOLED FHD+ display with 144Hz refresh rate. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset and coupled with 16GB of RAM and speedy UFS 3.0 storage which maxes out at 256GB. The handset is baked by 4500mAh battery capacity and supports 55W fast charging technology. It runs on Android 10-based Red MagicOS. It comes with triple rear cameras which includes 64 megapixel Sony IMX686 main sensor, 8 megapixel ultra-wide snapper and 2 megapixel macro shooter. Also, there is an 8 megapixel sensor at the front for selfies and video chats. Other features and connectivity features include an active air cooling system, an RGB light panel, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, a headphone jack and a 3-microphone setup for optimal audio capture.

8. Sharp Aquos R3

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The Sharp Aquos R3 has an impressive 120Hz refresh rate display which bears dual notches. The top-notch on the smartphone has a selfie shooter and the bottom one has a fingerprint scanner. The phone has a 6.2 inch QHD Pro IGZO display and is powered by a Snapdragon 855 SoC processor. It comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It has 12.2 megapixel + 20 megapixel dual-camera setup at the back and 16.3 megapixel selfie shooter at the front for selfies and video calling. It has a 3200mAh battery with 11W fast charging support.

9. Sharp Aquos Zero 2

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The handset offers the maximum screen refresh rate of 240Hz in the smartphone industry as of now. It has a 6.4 inch full-HD+ curved OLED display with a screen resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and a water drop notch up top. It is backed by 3130mAh battery capacity and is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC processor. It runs on Android 10 and comes equipped with a 12.2 megapixel + 21.1 megapixel dual rear camera. The phone is coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage on board and is IP65/ 68-certified for water and dust resistance.


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