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Top phones with 90Hz and 120Hz displays you can buy in India: Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, OnePlus Nord and more

On: August 20, 2020

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

These are the top smartphones with high refresh rate displays in India

These are the top smartphones with high refresh rate displays in India

  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 / Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  2. Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra
  3. OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro
  4. ASUS ROG Phone 3
  5. OnePlus 7 Pro
  6. Realme X50 Pro 5G
  7. Realme X3 SuperZoom
  8. POCO X2
  9. Realme 6 and 6 Pro
  10. OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro
  11. 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 Note 20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the first Note series phone to have 120Hz display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the first Note series phone to have 120Hz display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the first Note-series smartphone to feature a 120Hz refresh rate display. The display itself is 6.9-inch curved Infinity-O S-AMOLED panel with QHD+ resolution. The smartphone comes with the lowest latency S Pen (9 milliseconds) so far in the history of Note series, which along with 120Hz refresh rate, gives real pen-like feel. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is also the first smartphone in the world to come with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. Other features include Exynos 990 SoC, 12GB RAM, 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, OneUI 2.5 based on Android 10, 108MP triple cameras and 4,500mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has been priced at Rs 1,04,999 and is currently up for pre-orders on Samsung.com. Samsung is offering benefits worth Rs 10,000 with the device, Rs 9,000 cashback to HDFC bank cardholders, and Rs 5,000 additional discount upon exchanging their existing Galaxy smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series flagships are the first from the brand to offer 120Hz display

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series flagships are the first from the brand to offer 120Hz display

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

Both OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro come with 90Hz AMOLED display

Both OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro come with 90Hz AMOLED display

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 3

The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is world's first smartphone with Snapdragon 865+ SoC

The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is world’s first smartphone with Snapdragon 865+ SoC

The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is the third-generation gaming smartphone from the brand that comes with significant upgrades over the ASUS ROG Phone 2 (first impressions). 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 144Hz refresh rate, which is a step up from its predecessor. As a powerful gaming smartphone, you also get Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, and massive 6,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging.

ASUS ROG Phone 3 price and availability

The ASUS ROG Phone 3 was launched in India at a starting price of Rs 49,999 for the 8GB + 128GB model. There’s a 12GB + 256GB variant as well, which was priced at Rs 57,999. The device will be available on Flipkart and goes on sale starting August 6th.

OnePlus Nord

The OnePlus Nord is the first from the brand to feature dual selfie cameras

The OnePlus Nord is the first from the brand to feature dual selfie cameras

OnePlus recently launched its first proper mid-range smartphone called the Nord in India with a sub-Rs 30,000 price segment. The OnePlus Nord is the first smartphone from the brand to feature a dual punch-hole selfie cutout on the front. Thanks to the punch-hole design, the smartphone features an edge-to-edge 6.44-inch AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. Other salient features of the phone include an in-display fingerprint scanner, 48MP triple camera module, Snapdragon 765G, and a 4,115mAh battery with 30W fast charging.

OnePlus Nord price and availability

The OnePlus Nord has been launched in India in three configurations – 6GB + 64GB (scheduled to come in September), 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB variants. These models have been priced at Rs 24,999, Rs 27,999 and Rs 29,999 respectively. The 8GB and 12GB models will be available starting August 6th on Amazon and OnePlus website.

Realme X50 Pro 5G

The Realme X50 Pro 5G was the first-ever 5G smartphone in India

The Realme X50 Pro 5G was the first-ever 5G smartphone in India

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 X3 SuperZoom

The Realme X3 SuperZoom comes with an 8MP Periscope-style zoom lens with 60x digital zoom

The Realme X3 SuperZoom comes with an 8MP Periscope-style zoom lens with 60x digital zoom

The Realme X2 Pro (review) was launched as one of the most affordable smartphones with a 90Hz display in India. Now, its successor, the Realme X3 SuperZoom (review) has arrived with a 120Hz display. Priced under Rs 30,000, the handset offers features like Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, a 6.6-inch Fluid AMOLED Full-HD+ screen, and a 4,200mAh battery with 30W Dart Flash fast-charging. In the imaging department, the flagship device features a quad camera setup on rear featuring 64MP primary sensor backed by an 8MP periscope-style telephoto lens, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP macro lens. For selfies, there is a 32MP camera backed by an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor.

Realme X3 SuperZoom price and availability

The Realme X3 SuperZoom Edition has been launched in 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB configurations with price set at Rs 27,999 and Rs 32,999, respectively.

POCO X2

The POCO X2 is the cheapest smartphone with a 120Hz display

The POCO X2 is the cheapest smartphone with a 120Hz display

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 duo are among the cheapest smartphones to offer a 90Hz refresh rate display.

The Realme 6 duo are among the cheapest smartphones to offer a 90Hz refresh rate display.

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 OnePlus 8 Pro is the first smartphone from the brand to come with a 120Hz QHD+ display

The OnePlus 8 Pro is the first smartphone from the brand to come with a 120Hz QHD+ display

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

Xiaomi Mi 10 is the second flagship after Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra to offer 108MP camera

Xiaomi Mi 10 is the second flagship after Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra to offer 108MP camera

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.

SmartphonesKey Specs
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra120Hz Fluid AMOLED display, Exynos 990 SoC, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage, Android 10-based OneUI 2.5, 108MP triple rear cameras, 10MP front camera, 4,500mAh battery, 25W fast charging
Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra120Hz 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 Pro90Hz 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 36.59-inch AMOLED display, 144Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 865+ chipset, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, Android 10 based ROG OS, 64MP triple rear cameras, 24MP selfie camera, 6,000mAh battery, 30W HyperCharge fast charging
OnePlus Nord6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED 90Hz display, Snapdragon 765G chipset, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, Android 10 based Oxygen OS, 48MP quad rear cameras, 32MP dual selfie cameras, 4,115mAh battery, Warp Charge 30T fast charging
Realme X50 Pro 5G90Hz 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 X3 SuperZoom6.6-inch IPS LCD 120Hz display, Snapdragon 855+ chipset, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, Android 10 based Realme UI, 64MP quad rear cameras, 32MP dual selfie cameras, 4,200mAh battery, 30W Dart Charge
POCO X2120Hz 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 Pro90Hz 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 ProHigh 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 1090Hz 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
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