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[Discussion] [Weekly Debate #11] Higher Refresh Rates on Smartphone Displays: A Great Feature or Just a Gimmick?

2019-09-19 22:19:13
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Hello Mi Fans,

When looking at the latest and best smartphones, it is easy to think that display technology can't get any better than this. Yet only next year, it does. A newer model comes along bringing a screen that's even sharper, clearer, or more color accurate than anything before it. However, a better screen isn't only one with more pixels or higher brightness. Recently, we've been seeing smartphone makers pushing the boundaries of mobile screen technology by adopting screens with higher refresh rates – a specification that hasn't been getting much attention until now. Smartphone displays have embraced a new trend of looking beyond the standard 60Hz refresh rate.

But have you ever stopped to ask if the higher refresh rates actually make a difference or are just gimmicks to make next-gen devices look more appealing on a spec sheet? Well, let’s find out.

The refresh rate is a measure for the number of times a screens redraws an image. It is measured in Hertz (Hz). In simple terms, a higher refresh rate means lesser motion blur and considerably clearer image quality. Most smartphones today are equipped with 60Hz screens, irrespective of the price. But the screens of some newer phones can go up to 90 or even 120Hz. A higher refresh rate display largely enhances your smartphone experience. Scrolling through the app drawer, images and webpages becomes so much smoother.

Users with smartphones that support higher refresh rates will also have an advantage in gaming. With it, you’ll see smoother graphics, finer details, no lag or jittering which enhances the overall gaming experience. Everything feels much more responsive. But you cannot simply put a faster screen on just any smart phone. A high refresh rate display also requires more battery and processing power to tell the device what to show on the screen. Moreover, even the display panel technology must support faster refreshing or else, everything will appear sluggish.

But for most of the normal people, they can hardly spot the difference between a 60Hz and a 90Hz display refresh rate setting. Having said that, higher refresh rate displays are definitely the way to go, for smartphones as well as computers. It faces challenges like a higher cost of manufacturing and difficulty to render bright saturated images, but that will all be figured out as the state of technology moves ahead.

So, what do you think? Are there any real advantages to it? Is it really a great feature or just a gimmick?

Higher Refresh Rates on Smartphone Displays: A Great Feature or a Gimmick?

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End Time: 2019-09-26 10:59:00


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2019-09-19 22:19:13
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Yes it's Great Feature  I love it
2019-09-19 22:36:19
Tech Explorer
Yes, good feature.
2019-09-19 22:43:56
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Shahed | from Redmi Note 7 Pro


Yes, it's a great and useful feature.
2019-09-19 22:49:50
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Shah Md. Sultan
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More Hertz = More battery drain
2019-09-19 22:58:09

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2019-09-19 23:17:47

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Thanks For Sharing A Pull
2019-09-19 23:34:41
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sabai-sabai | from Mi A2 Lite


make it an option 60/90 hz (or whatever values), for not all apps, as well as some older users, do need higher refresh rates :-). always on high hz (without real demand for it) drains the battery quite heavily.
2019-09-19 23:43:18


BeingBishal | from MI 9 SE


Useful Feature!
2019-09-19 23:45:43

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1679606679 | from Redmi Note 5 Pro


2019-09-19 23:56:00

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1765110311 | from Mi Note 3


The feature has to be only in gaming phones. Others don't want to compensate their battery life for unwanted feature.
2019-09-20 00:09:25
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