OnePlus can be credited with kickstarting the trend of high refresh rate displays with the launch of its OnePlus 7 Pro last year. While the refresh rate doesn’t contribute directly to the performance of the handset, it ensures faster scrolling and smoother animations, resulting in an enhanced user experience. Brands were quick to pick up on this feature, which is now a hot trend in the smartphone industry.
We have seen high refresh rate displays not only on high-end flagships from Samsung and OnePlus, but also on affordable offerings from POCO and Realme in the last few months. If you are wondering which smartphones in India offer 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rates, we have got you covered. Here’s a list of all smartphones featuring displays with a high refresh rate that you can buy in India.
Top phones with 90Hz and 120Hz displays
- Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra
- OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro
- ASUS ROG Phone 2
- OnePlus 7 Pro
- Realme X50 Pro 5G
- Realme X2 Pro
- POCO X2
- Realme 6 and 6 Pro
- OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10
What is refresh rate?
If you are a gamer, you probably know what refresh rate is. The feature has been around for a while now, but only on high-end gaming rigs. Only recently has the technology made its way to smartphones. Measured in Hertz (Hz), the refresh rate is an indication of how quickly the display panel updates, or the content on the screen refreshes.
In layman’s terms, higher refresh rates make the display feel more responsive and fluid. Such displays offer smooth animation, making scrolling through apps, images, web pages and more lightning fast.
What is a 90Hz display?
The OnePlus 7 Pro that was launched last year can be credited with making 90Hz displays mainstream. A 90Hz display can refresh frames 90 times every second, which is pretty high for a mobile device. A 90Hz display takes just 11.1ms to fully refresh between frames, as compared to 16.6ms on a 60Hz panel.
The difference might seem minuscule on paper, but makes a world of difference when it comes to the overall smoothness of the display content. There are now several smartphones from the likes of OnePlus, Realme, and others offering 90Hz refresh rates.
What is a 120Hz display?
120Hz displays can refresh a frame 120 times a second, leading to super-smooth user experience on the smartphone. With double the speed of a 60Hz display, the animations and interactions on a 120Hz display are super smooth. The POCO X2 is one of the most affordable smartphones to offer a 120Hz display in India.
How does a 90Hz/120Hz display improve the gaming experience?
To answer this in a simple manner, a higher refresh rate not only reduces the motion blur and provides a smoother experience, but also reduces latency. For the uninitiated, latency is the delay between the user’s touch input and the intended action being carried out on the display. Therefore, if you are a serious gamer, you will benefit from the display responsiveness and reduced reaction time. It’s worth noting that the list of games supporting 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rates is pretty limited at the moment, but popular games including PUBG Mobile are slated to get support for high refresh rates later this year.
Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra
The latest Galaxy S-series flagships from Samsung probably have the best displays in the business right now. All three phones including the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra flaunt Super AMOLED Infinity-O display with 120Hz refresh rates. The smartphones are equipped with the Exynos 990 or the Snapdragon 865 processors depending on the region (India has received the former), as well as LPDDR5 RAM. The S20 Ultra was also the world’s first phone to feature 16GB RAM, a 40MP selfie shooter and 100x zoom via the rear 108MP camera. Other features of the line-up include curved screens, in-display fingerprint sensors, IP68 ratings and fast charging up to 45W.
Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ retail at Rs 70,900 and Rs 77,900, respectively. The top-end Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra will set you back by Rs 97,900. Samsung is offering an e-voucher worth Rs 4,000 for customers who pre-booked one of the Galaxy S20 series flagships. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series smartphones can be picked up from major online and offline stores in India.
OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro
After OnePlus introduced a 90Hz panel on OnePlus 7 Pro, it seems that the company will keep the refresh rate on its offerings going forward. Last year’s OnePlus 7T (review) and 7T Pro both come packing 90Hz displays, with the former featuring a waterdrop notch. The Pro variant flaunts a pop-up selfie camera design and curved edge-to-edge panel. The highlights of these smartphones include Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processors, 48MP triple rear cameras, beefy batteries, 30W Warp charging tech, up to 256GB storage, and Android 10-based OxygenOS 10.
OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro price and availability
The OnePlus 7T Pro will set you back by Rs 47,999 and can be picked from Amazon.in and OnePlus store. The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition costs Rs 58,990. The standard variant, on the other hand, is listed at Rs. 34,999 for the 8GB + 128GB option, whereas its 8GB + 256GB variant will retail at Rs. 37,999
ASUS ROG Phone 2
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 (first impressions) is the second-generation gaming smartphone from the brand that comes with significant upgrades over the first generation ROG Phone. Among other specifications, the smartphone flaunts an AMOLED screen bearing a full HD+ resolution with HDR 10 support. The display also gets a super-smooth 120Hz refresh rate, which is a step up from its predecessor. As a powerful gaming smartphone, you also get Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, up to 12GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, and massive 6,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging.
ASUS ROG Phone 2 price and availability
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 was launched in India at a starting price of Rs 37,999 for the 8GB + 128GB model. There’s a 12GB + 512GB variant as well, which was priced at Rs 59,999. The device is available on Flipkart.
OnePlus 7 Pro
The one that started it all for OnePlus, the OnePlus 7 Pro (review) was the first smartphone in India to feature the 90Hz display panel, which the brand calls Fluid AMOLED. Thanks to the elevating camera module, the smartphone features an edge-to-edge 6.67-inch AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution and HDR 10+. The screen of the handset was rated A+ by DisplayMate, which means it is among the best screens available on a smartphone. Notably, the OnePlus 7 Pro was the first non-gaming smartphone to feature a 90Hz display. Other salient features of the phone include an in-display fingerprint scanner, 48MP triple camera module, Snapdragon 855, and a 4,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging.
OnePlus 7 Pro price and availability
The OnePlus 7 Pro is up for purchase on either Amazon India or OnePlus official online store. The price starts from Rs 42,999 for the 8GB RAM variant and goes up to Rs 48,999 for the 12GB model. The base 6GB variant is not available anymore.
Realme X50 Pro 5G
The Realme X50 Pro 5G (review) is a flagship device from the brand and the first-ever 5G smartphone in India. The handset comes with 6.44-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Other display features include HDR 10+, 1000+ nits brightness, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. Performance-wise, the handset flaunts a Snapdragon 865 SoC, up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB internal storage, Android 10 based Realme UI, 64MP quad-rear camera setup and 32MP dual front cameras in a punch-hole arrangement.
Realme X50 Pro 5G price and availability
The Realme X50 Pro 5G will set you back by Rs 39,999, Rs 41,999 and Rs 47,999 for the 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB variants, respectively. The smartphone is available through online retailers including Realme’s official store, Flipkart and Amazon India.
Realme X2 Pro
The Realme X2 Pro (review) was launched as one of the most affordable smartphones with a 90Hz display in India. Priced under Rs 30,000, the handset offers features like Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, a 6.5-inch Fluid AMOLED Full-HD+ screen, and a 4,000mAh battery with 50W Super VOOC fast-charging. In the imaging department, the flagship device features a quad camera setup on rear featuring 64MP primary sensor backed by a 13MP telephoto lens, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, there is a 16MP selfie snapper housed in the waterdrop notch.
Realme X2 Pro price and availability
The Realme X2 Pro is more expensive after the recent GST hike and is now retailing for Rs 29,999 for the standard 6GB model, Rs 31,999 for 8GB model and Rs 35,999 for the 12GB variant. All three variants of the Realme X2 Pro are available in India on Flipkart and Realme.com
The POCO X2 (first impressions) is the most affordable smartphone in India to offer a 120Hz refresh rate display. It is a mid-range offering with features such as a dual punch-hole display, quad cameras, and an assured update to Android 11. The 6.62-inch display of the handset offers HDR10 support, FHD+ resolution and blue light filter apart from the high refresh rate. For the price, you also get a Snapdragon 730G chipset, up to 8GB RAM, dual selfie camera setup with 20MP primary lens, 64MP quad rear cameras, and a 4,500mAh battery with 27W fast charging.
POCO X2 price and availability
The POCO X2 6GB + 64GB is priced at Rs 16,999, 6GB + 128GB at Rs 17,999 and 8GB + 256GB at Rs 20,999. The smartphone can be purchased via Flipkart.
Realme 6 and 6 Pro
The Realme 6 (review) and Realme 6 Pro (review) are among the cheapest smartphones to offer a 90Hz refresh rate display. The screen comes packed with modern features like punch-hole panel, 20:9 aspect ratio and screen-to-body ratio as high as 90 percent. You get a gaming-centric chipset on both smartphones, 4,300mAh battery with VOOC 4.0 30W fast-charging, Android 10-based Realme UI and quad-camera setup with 64MP primary sensor. The Realme 6 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, whereas the Pro variant rocks the Snapdragon 720G SoC. The former gets a 16MP snapper on the front while the latter features a dual 16MP + 8MP setup. They both feature side-mounted fingerprint scanners for security and support for Dolby Hi-Res Audio.
Realme 6 and 6 Pro price and availability
The Realme 6 price starts at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB model. The 6GB + 128GB variant has been priced at Rs 15,999, while 8GB +128GB model retails for Rs 16,999. The Realme 6 Pro retails at Rs 17,999, Rs 18,999 and Rs 19,999 for the 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB models, respectively. These phones are available on Flipkart, Realme.com, and offline stores.
OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro
The latest OnePlus 8 series of flagships recently went official in India. While the OnePlus 8 is an incremental upgrade over OnePlus 7T, the 8 Pro is a massive upgrade with several firsts to its name. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro come with 90Hz FHD+ and 120Hz QHD+ Fluid AMOLED displays respectively. Both smartphones are powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC, up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. Other features of the phones include Android 10-based OxygenOS 48MP primary camera on the back, Warp Charge 30T fast charging and a punch-hole cutout housing a 16MP selfie camera.
OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro price and availability
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will be available on Amazon India and OnePlus.com. The OnePlus 8 has been priced at Rs 41,999, Rs 44,999 and Rs 49,999 for the 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB models, respectively. The 8 Pro, on the other hand, costs Rs 54,999 for the 8GB + 128GB variant and Rs 59,999 for the 12GB + 256GB option.
Xiaomi Mi 10
The Mi 10 marks Xiaomi’s return to the flagship segment in India. It ships with a 6.67-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate. Ticking at the core of the handset is the Snapdragon 865 with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.0 storage. The smartphone features a 108-megapixel quad-camera setup on the back and 20-megapixel punch-hole selfie camera. Out of the box, the flagship boots MIUI 11 based on Android 10 and has a 4,780mAh battery with 30W fast charging
Xiaomi Mi 10 price and availability
The Xiaomi 10 is available on Amazon India and Mi.com. The flagship will retail at Rs 49,999 and Rs 54,999 for 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB variants, respectively. Buyers have a choice between Coral Green and Twilight Grey colours.
|Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra||120Hz Fluid AMOLED display, Exynos 990 SoC, LPDDR5 RAM, curved screens, in-display fingerprint sensors, up to quad rear cameras, and up to 45W fast charging|
|OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro||90Hz AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processors, 48MP triple rear cameras, beefy batteries, 30W Warp charging tech, up to 256GB storage, and Android 10-based OxygenOS 10|
|ASUS ROG Phone 2||120Hz Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855+, up to 12GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, massive 6,000mAh battery, 30W fast charging|
|OnePlus 7 Pro||90Hz AMOLED display in-display fingerprint scanner, 48MP triple camera module, Snapdragon 855, 4,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging|
|Realme X50 Pro 5G||90Hz Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, Realme UI based on Android 10, 4,200mAh battery, 65W fast charging, 64MP quad cameras, 32MP + 8MP front camera|
|Realme X2 Pro||90Hz Fluid AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855+, 64MP quad cameras, 4,000mAh battery, 50W Super VOOC fast charging|
|POCO X2||120Hz display, Snapdragon 730G chipset, up to 8GB RAM, dual selfie camera setup with 20MP primary lens, 64MP quad rear cameras, 4,500mAh battery, 27W fast charging.|
|Realme 6 and 6 Pro||90Hz display, gaming-centric chipset, 4,300mAh battery with VOOC 4.0 30W fast-charging, Android 10-based Realme UI, 64MP quad-camera|
|OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro||High refresh rate Fluid AMOLED displays, Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, Oxygen OS based on Android 10, 48MP primary camera, 16MP selfie camera|
|Xiaomi Mi 10||90Hz display, Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, MIUI 11 based on Android 10, 4,780mAh battery, 30W fast charging, 108MP quad cameras, 20MP front camera|