We bet you’ve never given the refresh rate of your smartphone display a second thought until the
came about. The up-and-coming
Sharp SH-01 (2015) to Aquos R3 (2019)
Razer (2017) and Razer 2 (2018)
Serious gaming on a phone is an oxymoron, though, and there’s barely anything out there that can take advantage of the higher refresh rate, not to mention what a battery killer the display turned out to be, yet the Razers started a veritable “game phone” trend.
Nubia Red Magic 3
ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia is where the company does all of its experimenting with bracelet phones and the like, that is why it came to little surprise that it also launched a gaming line dubbed Red Magic. It’s the third edition of that series that counts, as it comes with Snapdragon 855 chipset, 90Hz display, and… a real cooling fan. Take that, Razer!
What’s more, you can also now get it stateside. The Red Magic 3 is now available for purchase in the United States for less than $500. Nubia announced that the 8GB/128GB model costs $480, while the 12GB/256GB variant can be had for $600, directly from the company’s online store. Oh, it also has the largest battery of them all game phones, at 5000 mAh.
OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus 7 Pro vs Galaxy S10+
This one needs little introduction as it is available on T-Mobile in the US, and about the only thing left is to list where exactly you can take advantage of the 90Hz display. Not in videos, of course, as then the phone automatically reverts to the orthodox 60Hz to save on battery.
In the interface and while scrolling in the browser or apps, however, you have the power of 90Hz turned on by default. Games? Since the OnePlus 7 Pro defaults to 60Hz when it enters game mode to save on battery, you have to get out and manually switch the refresh rate back to 90Hz. Check out a non-exhaustive list below.
Android games with 90/120 Hz screen refresh rate support for OnePlus, Razer, ROG and Red Magic phones
Bonus: Asus ROG 2
Shortly after the second Razer phone, Asus came about with its inevitable Republic of Gamers handset. The Asus ROG, however, doesn’t support a 120Hz refresh rate. Its successor, though, the ROG 2 that is supposed to be unveiled next month, will almost certainly do, judging from the Asus teaser below.