If you stepped out of CES 2020 thinking, “Wow! there’s now a 360Hz gaming monitor, what’s next?”. Well, the answer is faster smartphone displays.
In most cases, 90Hz displays are not really useful unless you are into mobile gaming. However, they do make the user experience feel more fluid, and nobody in the smartphone space does fluid like OnePlus.
Keeping in line with its “fast and smooth” user experience, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau announced the brand’s all-new 120Hz Fluid Display, because 90Hz ain’t the norm anymore. OnePlus may not be the first brand to put 120Hz display in a smartphone (that credit partially goes to Asus), but it may become the first brand to get them onto more smartphones like they did with the OnePlus 7 Pro and the 7T series.
Manufactured by Samsung, the display gets mighty bright at 1000 nits and will also last longer, if you are the type who does not upgrade too often. And for once, there’s another area where the high refresh rate display comes of use. Yes, OnePlus will automagically speed up the framerate of your mobile videos by adding the missing frames on regular 24,30 or 60 fps video to take advantage of that 120Hz display.
However, the key expertise lies in optimising that QHD+ AMOLED 120Hz display because you don’t want to lug around a bulky 6000mAh battery to power it like on the Asus ROG II. One detail to note here is that OnePlus is indeed the first manufacturer to announce a QHD+ 120Hz display, because Asus’s ROG II features an FHD+ 120Hz unit.
Indeed, the secret sauce or the processing prowess to power the next OnePlus premium flagship will come from the Snapdragon 865 chipset – one that’s built to handle 144Hz displays and even 8K video.
So OnePlus began 2020 with a hidden camera (using electrochromic glass) and now announced a 120Hz QHD+ display. 2020 sure seems like an interesting year for smartphones.