After the Quad-camera setup and faster charging, it’s time for high refresh rate displays on smartphones. Smartphone makers have been launching some excellent devices with high refresh rate displays both in premium and budget segments. While features like high refresh rate displays generally find their way to premium smartphones first, in today’s time, we see the flagship features trickle down to budget devices in no time. So in this article, we bring you a comprehensive list of smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rate display. We have also mentioned some upcoming smartphones which are going to be launched in the next few months. So with all that said, let’s begin.
List of Smartphones with 90Hz Refresh Rate Display
1. OnePlus 7 Pro, 7T, 7T Pro, Mclaren Edition
OnePlus is one of the first few smartphone makers that spearheaded the high refresh rate trend in smartphone displays. Even before Samsung, OnePlus brought the OnePlus 7 Pro, 7T, 7T Pro and its Mclaren Edition with a 90Hz display panel. Further, the display is accompanied by excellent AMOLED panel and you have the option to force 90Hz refresh rate all the time — unlike the Pixel 4. So if you are looking for the best smartphone that comes with a higher refresh rate, I would say OnePlus devices having a 90Hz display panel is a much-balanced product in terms of both battery efficiency and fluid performance.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 855/855+, Full HD and QHD + Display, 6-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 3800-4000mAh battery capacity
2. Realme X2 Pro and Realme X50 Pro 5G
Unsurprisingly, OnePlus’ sister company Realme has released two excellent smartphones having a 90Hz refresh rate display: the Realme X2 Pro and India’s first 5G phone, Realme X50 Pro 5G. Both have a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display having FHD resolution. On top of that, the X50 Pro 5G comes with a 180Hz touch-sensing sampling rate which means you will have a much better experience while gaming and navigating through the UI.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 865/855+, Full HD Display, 6-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 4000-4200mAh battery capacity
- Buy Realme X2 Pro from Flipkart: Starts at ₹27,999
- Buy Realme X50 Pro 5G from Flipkart: Starts at ₹37,999
3. Pixel 4 Series
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL both come with a 90Hz display, however, it deploys a dynamic mechanism to switch between 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rate to save battery. Further, at low brightness, the refresh rate is switched to 60Hz. Nevertheless, you have the option to force 90Hz refresh rate all the time from the Developer Options. All in all, if you want the clean Google experience with a dash of higher refresh rate then the Pixel 4 series is also a great option.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 855, Full HD and 2K Display, 6GB RAM, 64-128GB Storage, 2800-3700mAh battery capacity
Buy from BestBuy: Starts at $799
4. Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G
Xiaomi has unveiled its latest flagship, the Mi 10 Pro 5G in China and there are rumors that it will make its way to India as well. The Mi 10 sports a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED panel and has a refresh rate of 90Hz in FHD resolution. Apart from that, the display has a 180Hz touch-sensing rate and is HDR10+ compliant.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 865, Full HD Display, 8-12GB RAM, 256-512GB Storage, 4500mAh battery capacity
5. Oppo Reno Ace
After OnePlus and Realme, Oppo followed suit and released the Reno Ace in October last year, but only for China. It comes with a beautiful 6.6-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s also among the very few smartphones to have the latest Gorilla Glass 6 protecting the screen. Not to mention, the display has Full HD resolution and supports HDR10 content as well.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 855+, Full HD Display, 8-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 4000mAh battery capacity
6. Nubia Red Magic 3 and 3s
If you are looking for a gaming phone that comes with a high refresh rate then Nubia Red Magic 3 series is an excellent pick. Both the smartphones come with a 6.65-inch FHD AMOLED display and sport a 90Hz refresh rate panel. Further, to make the display color accurate, it’s 100% calibrated using the DCI-P3 color profile.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 855/855+, Full HD Display, 6-8-12GB RAM, 64-128GB Storage, 5000mAh battery capacity
List of Smartphones with 120Hz Refresh Rate Display
7. Poco X2 / Redmi K30
After a long break, Poco finally released its second smartphone which indeed turned out to be a rebranded Redmi K30. Nevertheless, the phone is amazing and brings a 120Hz refresh rate display although in an LCD panel. I don’t have any problems with LCD displays as far as Xiaomi’s panels are concerned. Further, I have used the Poco X2 for quite some time and can say that it’s the best budget smartphone out there with a higher 120Hz refresh rate display.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 730G, Full HD Display, 6-8GB RAM, 64-128-256GB Storage, 4500mAh battery capacity
Buy from Flipkart: Starts at ₹15,999
8. Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra
With the launch of the Galaxy S20 series, Samsung has finally embraced the higher refresh rate trend. All smartphones launched under the S20 series, be it the normal or 5G variants, have 120Hz refresh rate display. However, keep in mind, 120Hz kicks in only when you have set the device resolution to Full HD. Samsung says this has been done to extend the battery life. Apart from that, all the smartphones under the S20 lineup have top-of-the-line Dynamic AMOLED panel with support for Always-on display too.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990, Full HD, Quad HD, 2K and 3K Display, 8-12GB RAM, 128-256-512GB Storage, 4000-5000mAh battery capacity
Buy from Amazon: Starts at ₹66,999 ($999.99)
9. Asus ROG Phone I and II
While the Asus ROG Phone I came with a 90Hz refresh rate display, the newer model, ROG Phone II sports a 120Hz panel with a touch-sensing rate of 240Hz. As we know, the ROG phone is designed primarily for gamers so you get top-notch experience while gaming or navigating through general tasks. In addition, both the models are HDR compliant and come with Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 845/855+, Full HD Display, 8-12GB RAM, 128-256-512GB Storage, 4000-6000mAh battery capacity
Buy from Flipkart: ₹37,999
10. Realme X50 5G
A few days ago, Realme announced the X50 Pro 5G variant in the Indian market but did not bring the affordable X50 5G model. The standard Realme X50 5G model comes with the Snapdragon 765G processor and has a 120Hz refresh rate display. Although the panel is LCD, you won’t have any kind of issue with color accuracy, vibrancy or brightness.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 765G, Full HD Display, 6-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 4200mAh battery capacity
Buy from AliExpress: $417.08
11. Razer Phone 1 and 2
Razer was the first smartphone maker that started this trend of higher refresh rate display on smartphones way back in 2017. Its first phone focused on gaming which had a 120Hz refresh rate display and a screen resolution of 2K. Now, Razer has released its second phone and that too has a 120Hz refresh rate with support for wide color gamut. Apart from that, the display is an IPS LCD panel with a 90% screen-to-body ratio and 580 nits of maximum brightness.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 835/845, 2K Display, 8GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 4000mAh battery capacity
Buy from Amazon: $379
12. Lenovo Z6
In line with other smartphone makers, Lenovo has also released a smartphone with a high refresh rate display, the Z6, but skipped the launch in India. The standard model comes with a 6.39-inch Full HD display which has a 120Hz refresh rate panel. Among other things, the Z6’s panel is also HDR10 compliant and calibrated with DCI-P3 color space.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 730, Full HD Display, 6-8GB RAM, 64-128GB Storage, 4000mAh battery capacity
List of Upcoming Smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display
13. Realme 6 and 6 Pro
It has not been even a year since the high refresh rate trend took off and now Realme has announced that they will be launching their budget devices, Realme 6 and 6 Pro with a 90Hz display. That’s amazing and if Realme prices it well then the Realme 6 series is going to be the obvious choice for the masses, sidelining the Redmi Note 8 series. Realme 6 and 6 Pro will be launched on March 5.
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14. K30 Pro
Except for the Poco X2 and Mi 10, Xiaomi does not have a long list of devices with 90Hz or 120Hz display. However, that is going to change with K30 Pro in a few weeks. Rumors suggest that it will pack the Snapdragon 865 and an AMOLED screen having a 120Hz refresh rate display. While the specs look great on the paper, we want to see how Xiaomi positions the device in the Indian market. You can expect the launch within the next two months in India.
15. OnePlus 8 Series
OnePlus in its earlier launch promised that all their upcoming smartphones will have a high refresh rate display to make the Android experience fast and fluid. And now, we are hearing that OnePlus will be releasing three devices this year: OnePlus 8 Lite and OnePlus 8 with a 90Hz display; OnePlus 8 Pro supposedly with a 120Hz display. That’s going to be awesome, right? So it’s going to be an exciting high refresh rate face-off between the Galaxy S20 series and OnePlus 8 series, hopefully in April.
16. Oppo Reno3 Pro and Find X2
Oppo is going to launch two of its flagship devices, the Oppo Reno3 Pro and Find X2 in March this year. While the Reno3 Pro will come with a 90Hz display, Find X2– which has an expansive display– will sport a 120Hz refresh rate panel. Not to mention, both the devices will have an AMOLED screen so that is great.
17. Nubia Red Magic 5G
Nubia is going one step ahead than other smartphone makers and bringing a 144Hz refresh rate display with its 5G variant. Apart from that, the device will have a 6.65-inch display and a battery capacity of 4400mAh. It recently passed the TENAA certification and will be launching in China, India and other markets within a few months.
18. Black Shark 3
With Nubia and Asus bringing smartphones having high refresh rate displays for gamers, Xiaomi has also entered the fray with its game-centric smartphone, Black Shark. Rumors suggest that Black Shark 3 will pack a 120Hz refresh rate display and will have a 270Hz sampling rate so the touch response while gaming will be excellent. You can expect the launch in early March, but it might be limited to China only.
Pick the Best Smartphone with High Refresh Rate Display
So those are the 18 smartphones that have higher refresh rate displays be it 90Hz, 120Hz or in some cases 144Hz too. While most of the devices have been launched, there are some upcoming smartphones like Realme 6 and OnePlus 8 series that is going to bring high refresh rate displays to the masses at an affordable price. We are very excited to see how well this trend goes in the budget category. Anyway, that is all from us. We will keep updating this article with new smartphones having a higher refresh rate so stay tuned with us.