High refresh rate displays aren’t a new trend, but after a few years of inexplicably avoiding the functionality of its iPhone line, Apple has ultimately adopted the functionality of the iPhone 13 Pro series. However, they were preceded by dozens of phones in the Android camp, so let’s take a look at every Android device that had a 120Hz refresh rate before Apple’s iPhone.
Which Android phones have a 120Hz refresh rate?
The refresh rate of your screen refers to the number of images it can display per second. The standard for years was 60 Hz, capable of displaying 60 frames per second. In recent years, however, many Android manufacturers have switched to higher options, with some even going as high as 144Hz and beyond.
The trend to use a higher refresh rate started in 2017, ironically in Apple’s own iPad Pro. However, it was Android that first brought the trend in phones a few months later with the Razer Phone. This ill-fated gaming device had a 120Hz LCD display. From there, the next major release was the OnePlus 7 Pro, which had a 90Hz OLED display in mid-2019. Google followed up a few months later with a 90Hz panel on the Pixel 4 series.
In 2020, 120Hz OLED displays have become commonplace on flagship devices, with the Oppo Find X2 and Galaxy S20 series both fully embracing this feature. In Samsung’s case, too, the feature has been widely praised with very few reports of issues other than an occasional flaw.
Below we have compiled a list of almost all important Android phone with 120Hz OLED display, and there are many other devices in the economy sector or in the international market that are not listed but also use the faster refresh rate.
Android phones with 120 Hz OLED display
- Asus ROG Phone II
- Oppo Find X2 / Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 + / S20 Ultra
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
- OnePlus 8T
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
- Samsung Galaxy S21 / S21 + / S21 Ultra
- Vivo X60 / Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 11 / Pro / Ultra
- OnePlus 9 / Pro
- Oppo Find X3 / Pro
- Samsung galaxy a52
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Is there something that Apple’s screen does better?
A common argument in favor of Apple is that the company waits until it can make a feature properly instead of making a worse version sooner. Although it is valid, it does really apply in this case.
The iPhone 13’s 120Hz OLED display isn’t all that different from what Android phones have been offering for some time. “ProMotion” for Apple means the screen can intelligently adjust the refresh rate based on what’s on the screen, from a low refresh rate for static content to a faster rate for scrolling. While this was a new idea on the iPad Pro a few years ago, it’s not unusual on Android these days. The iPhone 13 Pro series can go from 10Hz to 120Hz.
Samsung is, once again, one of the biggest names here. The company’s entire 2021 flagship lineup offers this functionality, including the Galaxy S21, S21 +, and S21 Ultra. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 both also offer the option. Even last year, Samsung also offered this feature on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and Galaxy S20 series.
It’s entirely possible and very likely that Apple’s iOS enhancements will make 120Hz feel even better on the iPhone 13 Pro than it does on Samsung devices and other Android phones. Nevertheless, it still seems inexcusable that Apple has waited so long to embrace the feature after the issues have been resolved for, at least, at least a year and a half, and it’s a shame that the majority of buyers are choosing the more affordable L ‘. iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini will once again lack this wonderful feature.
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