Smartphones are slowly turning into computer monitors. We’ve seen a few key flagships opt for 120hz displays in the last couple of years, adding another layer of smoothness to interacting with your glass slab. We’re expecting Samsung to catch up this year with their own 120Hz implementation, but don’t expect it to stop there.
Xiaomi is also teasing yet another improvement to smartphone refresh rates, and they’re going to top both Samsung and OnePlus if they can pull it off. The Redmi K30 5G will reportedly bump that refresh rate up to 144Hz, adding an extra 10ish percent to what Samsung and OnePlus will be offering.
Now is this going to actually happen, or will it be worthwhile to do on a phone? That’s a totally different conversation.
PC monitors offer both 120Hz and 144Hz options, so you’ll notice that 144Hz hasn’t completely replaced the slightly slower refresh rate despite being better. There’s a few reasons why, too.
My monitor, for example, is a 144Hz monitor that I generally run at 120Hz. Overclocking it to hit that 144Hz does come with some trade-offs, like slightly dimmer max brightness and the occasional smearing effect, and this is all from the factory, not any overclocking I’ve done myself. Personally, I don’t think those trade-offs are worth a slightly faster screen, especially since I don’t really notice that big of a difference and there aren’t all that many games that my PC can push at 144Hz, anyway.
That’s not to say that phones will be identical, and better panels can avoid those trade-offs entirely. But those panels are more expensive, and I think you’d have a hard time really justifying just a bit extra refresh rate if it significantly jumped the price or came at the cost of a less bright screen.
We’ll just have to wait and see what Xiaomi can pull off.
source: XDA Developers