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What is the refresh rate of your mobile screen

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In addition to becoming one of the best phones of 2019, the OnePlus 7 Pro that we analyzed at the time was the smartphone in charge of introducing a higher screen refresh rate in the first line of high-end smartphones of the past year, thus popularizing this concept that, until now, seemed to be exclusive to the well-known "gamers phones".

Models like the Razer Phone – in its two generations – Sharp Aquos R3, ASUS ROG Phone or the Red Magic 3 of Nubia were among the first terminals they saw how the frequency of updating your screens multiplied with respect to the 60 Hz to which we were accustomed.

Now the screens with high refresh rate They seem to be one of the leading trends in the telephone sector in 2020. We have already seen them in mobiles such as the Google Pixel 4, the Samsung Galaxy S20 or the Xiaomi Mi 10, among many others that are yet to come. But, What does this technology really bring?

Screen refresh rate: what it is and how to know your mobile's

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As the name suggests, the term "refresh rate" refers to the speed with which the screen content is updated. This speed is measured in images per second, so that the unit of measurement used to determine the refresh rate of a panel is Hertz –Hz–.

With this in mind, it is easy to deduce that, the higher the refresh rate of a screen, the greater the "fluidity" with which the animations and movements that appear on it are displayed, as the time between each update will be significantly reduced – However, this also entails some disadvantages that we will address later. In the video under these lines the difference can be seen more clearly.

At present, the great majority of the screens of televisions, smartphones and monitors is 60 Hz. It is in this last category, however, that panels that reach refresh rates of up to 144 Hz have proliferated to a greater extent, thanks especially to the sector of the gaming. In the end, We all want to enjoy as smooth as possible when playing our favorite titles.

With the rise of mobile games, manufacturers saw an interesting way to uncheck the rest by integrating screens with higher refresh rates in their new terminals. As were born devices such as the aforementioned Razer Phone, ASUS ROG Phone or Nubia Red Magic 3, mainly intended for a public who use the mobile to play above all.

However, smartphones such as the OnePlus 7 Pro, the Pixel 4 or the Galaxy S20 series models, or tablets such as the latest generations of iPad Pro and its Pro Motion technology, have implemented panels with refresh rates of 90 or 120 Hz respectively, despite not being focused on gaming As it happens with the devices mentioned above. It turns out that not only the ms gamers They seek the greatest smoothness when interacting with the screen.

And really, noticeable. Our experience with the OnePlus 7 Pro and Pixel 4 display has been excellent, and the combination of the Quad HD + resolution with the 90 Hz refresh rate is very much to blame. And the difference is even more evident in terminals like the Razer Phone, because the increase in the speed of refreshment of the screen is double, and the fluidity is simply incomparable.

Check the refresh rate of your mobile screen

60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz: What is the refresh rate of your mobile screen, and why it is important