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
- Xiaomi Mi 10i
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro
- OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro
- OnePlus 8T
- ASUS ROG Phone 3
- OnePlus Nord
- POCO X3
- Realme 7 and 7 Pro
- Realme X50 Pro 5G
- Realme X3 SuperZoom
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.
Xiaomi Mi 10i
The Xiaomi Mi 10i is the latest and most affordable Mi 10 series smartphone from the brand. The smartphone comes with a 6.67-inch IPS LCD display with a 120Hz AdaptiveSync panel. The handset features a Snapdragon 750G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. In the camera department, the phone features a 108MP quad rear cameras and a 16MP selfie camera on the front. Other highlights include a beefy 4,280mAh battery, 3W fast charging solution, punch-hole design, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Xiaomi Mi 10i price and availability
The Xiaomi Mi 10i retails at Rs 20,999 for the base 6GB + 64GB variant and Rs 21,999 for the 6GB + 128GB model. The top-end 8GB + 256GB variation is priced at Rs 23,999. The smartphone can be picked up from Amazon starting January 8th. It’s being offered in Midnight Black, Atlantic Blue, and Pacific Sunrise colours.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
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 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.
Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi followed up its last flagship launch in India – Mi 10 with Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro (first impressions) recently. Both these smartphones retain all major specs from their predecessor but bump up the display refresh rate from 120Hz to 144Hz. The Xiaomi Mi 10T comes with 6.67-inch IPS LCD display with full HD+ resolution and is powered by the Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. The handset boots MIUI 12 based on Android 10 and is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. In the camera department, the phone has a 64MP triple camera on the back and a 20MP front camera. The Mi 10T Pro has an identical spec sheet except for the 108MP triple rear camera setup.
Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro price and availability
The Xiaomi Mi 10T is being offered in 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB variants priced at Rs 35,999 and Rs 37,999, respectively. The Mi 10T Pro comes in a single 8GB + 128GB model and retails at Rs 39,999. These smartphones can be picked up from Mi.com, Mi Home, Mi Stores, Mi Studio, and Flipkart.
OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro
The latest OnePlus 8 series of flagships went official in India earlier this year. 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.
The OnePlus 8T 5G arrives as the successor to the OnePlus 7T (review) and brings a few upgrades. The phone features a 6.5-inch flat AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Ticking at the core of the handset is the Snapdragon 865 with up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. The smartphone features a 48MP quad-camera setup on the back and 16MP punch-hole selfie camera. Out of the box, the flagship boots OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 and has a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging
OnePlus 8T price and availability
The OnePlus 8T is available on Amazon and OnePlus.in. The flagship retails at Rs 42,999 and Rs 45,999 for 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB variants, respectively. Buyers have a choice between Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver colours.
ASUS ROG Phone 3
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.
The POCO X3 (review) is one of the most affordable smartphones 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 6.67-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 732G chipset, up to 8GB RAM, 20MP selfie camera, 64MP quad rear cameras, and a 6,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging.
POCO X3 price and availability
The POCO X3 6GB + 64GB is priced at Rs 16,999, 6GB + 128GB at Rs 18,499 and 8GB + 128GB at Rs 19,999. The smartphone can be purchased via Flipkart.
Realme 7 and 7 Pro
TheRealme 7 (review) and Realme 7 Pro (first impressions) are among the cheapest smartphones to offer a 90Hz refresh rate display. The 6.5-inch screen comes packed with features like punch-hole panel, 20:9 aspect ratio and FHD+ resolution. You get a gaming-centric chipset on both smartphones, Android 10-based Realme UI and quad-camera setup with 64MP primary sensor. The Realme 7 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 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 32MP setup. The Realme 7 is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging. The Pro variant has a smaller 4,500mAh battery, but with support for 65W SuperDART fast charging.
Realme 7 and 7 Pro price and availability
The Realme 7 price starts at Rs 14,999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB model, while the 8GB + 128GB variant has been priced at Rs 16,999. The Realme 7 Pro retails at Rs 19,999 and Rs 21,999 for the 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB models, respectively. These phones are available on Flipkart, Realme.com, and offline stores.
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 (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 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.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra||120Hz 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 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|
|Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro||144Hz AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processors, 64MP / 108MP triple rear cameras, beefy batteries, 33W charging tech, up to 128GB storage, and Android 10-based MIUI 12|
|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|
|OnePlus 8T||120Hz display, Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11, 4,500mAh battery, 65W fast charging, 48MP quad cameras, 16MP front camera|
|ASUS ROG Phone 3||6.59-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|
|POCO X3||120Hz display, Snapdragon 732G chipset, up to 8GB RAM, 20MP selfie camera, 64MP quad rear cameras, 6,000mAh battery, 33W fast charging.|
|Realme 7 and 7 Pro||90Hz display, gaming-centric chipset, 5,000mAh / 4,500mAh battery, 30W / 65W fast charging, Android 10-based Realme UI, 64MP quad-camera|
|OnePlus Nord||6.44-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 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 X3 SuperZoom||6.6-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|