Who needs a 160 Hz refresh on a smartphone?

Who would have thought that Redmi would try so hard to be first in something

We already know that Chinese smartphones have started to create trends and push the mobile market forward. Just look at Huawei, which once messed up the mobile photography segment. Chinese companies are also super fast charging, which is not available from the competition. Yes, fast replenishment of energy in a smartphone is already available to everyone, but these values ​​are still much lower than those presented by Xiaomi or Oppo.

It seems that Realme is going to put screens with a refresh of 160 Hz in this year’s flagships. Cool, but what for?

It is logical that higher values ​​mean a smoother image, but I can see the sense here when playing on monitors, and in addition in productions where fps are greater than 60. And that the gaming industry is chasing (often pointlessly) after frames and refreshing I understand that when it comes to gaming smartphones, certain trends are copied in principle. A special refresh mode could be unlocked in the Asus ROG Phone 3 intended for gaming, which started when a production had unlocked frames and managed to achieve their high values. However, while it still makes sense in the game, not so much in normal use. After all, the flagship is a phone for everyday use, browsing the web, watching movies or listening to music. So why should you have a screen with a 160 Hz refresh? I do not have a clue.

I will say more – in everyday use, the jump from 90 Hz to 120 Hz was not particularly noticeable to me. Especially that such, for example, Samsung cleverly pulled it into the adaptive mode, which regulates the refresh rate of the image itself. But to be clear, the jump from 60 Hz to 90 Hz is huge and the difference is definitely noticeable.

Realme, however, wants to boast about such values, because in the list of flagships for 2021 there is the X9 Pro model with a 6.4-inch OLED screen, resolution 1080 by 2400 pixels, but next to it is Realme Race Pro with a 6.8-inch OLED screen, resolution of 1440 by 3200 pixels and crazy refreshment of 160 Hz. For this Snapdragon 888, 12 GB of RAM and a 5000 mAh battery. I can already see how after starting 160 Hz, the charge percentages fly like crazy. It’s so good that the equipment will support a super-fast 125 Watt charging, because without it it would be difficult.

Interestingly, but also strange – Realme packs a great refreshment of the display into the Race Pro, but the cameras do not impress anymore. Quite standard for the market, 64 Megapixels are rather small for a flagship. But setting aside the resolution of the matrix aside, I do not remember that any of the Realme smartphones even came close to the leading mobile cameras. To be honest, I would prefer the company to focus on the quality of cameras, especially in flagships, instead of a screen with a 160 Hz refresh rate.

What changes and novelties do I expect from the flagships in 2021?

Recently, I was wondering what I expect from this year’s flagships or smartphones in general in the coming years. And it turns out that the 160 Hz screen refresh is not one of them. Two telephoto lenses in the Galaxy S21 Ultra (optical zoom 3x and 10x) are great, when testing the new premium flagship from Samsung, I especially liked the x3 telephoto lens, which is assumed to be the equivalent of the classic 70 mm. The zoom is quite small, but the results can be really pleasing to the eye. Oh, such:

However, the most I am waiting for new, much more efficient batteries thanks to which I could not charge my smartphone for a week. I would like the glass used in the most expensive phones to last longer, because I am reluctant to use a protective case all the time. However, the question remains, how many people basically need top flagships? What do you need to do on a smartphone to fully appreciate all the functions offered by manufacturers if we decide to buy the most expensive device model? Because, quite seriously, for many people a smartphone for PLN 2,000 is a device that will be enough for them.



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