120Hz and 90Hz Android phones device list

90Hz phones

In 2017, Razer made headlines with the launch of the Razer Phone, the first smartphone with a screen refresh rate of 120Hz aimed at gamers. We’ve seen an iteration of the phone with the same display refresh rate, but once again, this device was marketed as a gaming smartphone.

Fast-forward to 2019 and mainstream smartphones that are not necessarily selling as gaming devices are now getting into the Razer Phone territory by offering some amazing screen refresh rates other than the typical 60Hz we are used to on flagship phones.

Without digging deeper into the few minutes you spared to read this post, let’s get down to business with our list of 120Hz and 90Hz Android phones available so far.

90Hz Android phones

Here is a list of Android phones that rock a 90Hz refresh rate display.

OnePlus 7 Pro

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The $669-priced OnePlus 7 Pro is the first mainstream smartphone with a 90Hz display screen, a higher refresh rate than the usual 60Hz refresh rate on most high-end phones. Not even the mighty Samsung Galaxy S10+ has this capability, meaning you miss out on more fluid animations and transition when interacting with the screen of one of the most expensive smartphones of 2019.

With its 90Hz, the AMOLED panel on the 7 Pro is as fluid as it gets, no wonder the company calls it Fluid AMOLED. Unfortunately, you still won’t enjoy 90fps games on this smooth screen, which is a bit of a letdown. It’s unclear if OnePlus will change this via a software update, though.

Specs
  • 6.67-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ (3140×1440) Fluid AMOLED display, 90Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB or 12GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0 storage
  • Tri-lens main camera: 48MP (f/1.6, OIS, EIS)+ 16MP (f/2.2, 117° ultra-wide) + 8MP (telephoto, f/2.4, 3x zoom, OIS)
  • 16MP (f/2.0) pop-up selfie camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • OxygenOS on top of Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, in-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock, USB Type-C, NFC, 30W Warp Charge, dual stereo speakers, noise cancellation support, Dolby Atmos, etc.

→ Buy OnePlus 7 Pro: T-Mobile | OnePlus Store

FYI, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G also ships with the same 90Hz screen on the Pro model, but its currently limited to EE UK.

Asus ROG Phone

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Asus unveiled the ROG Phone in mid-2018, becoming the company’s first gaming-focused smartphone. Besides packing some punch in terms of performance specs by 2018 standards and a flurry of gaming perks, the phone also rocks a 90Hz AMOLED display screen.

Unlike OnePlus 7 Pro and Razer Phones that have a QHD resolution, you only get a full HD (1080p) resolution on the ROG Phone. Still, this takes away nothing from what is a great device, especially now that you can have it at a discounted price, but good luck finding one.

Specs
  • 6-inch 18:9 FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB or 512GB storage
  • Dual 12MP + 8MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, 3 Ultrasonic pressure sensitive zones, Water resistant, NFC, Rear-mounted FPS, Quick Charge 4+, stereo speakers, etc.

The base model of the ROG Phone can be had for $900, with the figure rising to $1100 for the 512GB variant.

→ Buy Asus ROG Phone: ASUSAmazonMicrosoft

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3

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Unveiled this year, the ZTE-made Nubia Red Magic 3 joins the OnePlus 7 Pro in rocking a 90Hz refresh rate screen, an AMOLED panel with a full HD+ (1080p) resolution thanks to a super-tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. However, this is a gaming phone targeted at a niche market.

To spice things up, ZTE has packed some really powerful specs in this thing yet it can be had for $479, nearly $200 cheaper than the OnePlus 7 Pro. We are looking at things like Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a massive 5000mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging tech, among others.

Specs
  • 6.65-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ AMOLED display, 90Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 8GB or 12GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • 48MP main camera, f/1.7 aperture
  • 16MP front camera, f/2.0 aperture
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, 30W fast charging, IP55, Internal fan for active cooling, Two shoulder buttons plus button support with a rear fingerprint sensor, Stereo front facing speakers, Support for DC Dimming, HDR, etc.

Buy Nubia Red Magic 3

120Hz Android phones

Here is a list of Android phones that rock a 90Hz refresh rate display.

Razer Phone 2

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As noted at the beginning, it was the Razer Phones (2017 and 2018 models) that became the first smartphone to offer a 120Hz display screen, twice the refresh rate on the latest flagship phones from Samsung, LG and so on. However, this is an LCD panel and we all know how good AMOLED panels are over their LCD counterparts, which could put off some potential buyers.

Being a 2018 release, though, the Razer Phone 2 is powered by 2018 flagship hardware that includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and you still get to deal with the old 16:9 aspect ratio, but at a hugely discounted price of just $500.

Specs
  • 5.72-inch QHD (2560×1440), 120Hz UltraMotion
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with integrated custom vapor chamber cooling
  • 8GB RAM
  • 64GB expandable storage, up to 1TB
  • Dual 12MP + 12MP main camera with OIS
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, Wireless Charging, Dual front-facing stereo speakers, USB-C, Razer Chroma Illuminated Logo, IP67 dust and water resistance, Side-mounted FPS, Quick Charge 4+, NFC, etc.

→ Buy Razer Phone 2

Razer Phone

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Other than price, there shouldn’t be any major reason one would consider the 2017 Razer Phone over the Razer Phone 2. The same 120Hz LCD screen at play with a QHD resolution on a 16:9 aspect ratio and the display size is also identical to the 2018 model.

Having been around since 2017, you get to deal with old tech such as Snapdragon 835, Bluetooth 4.2, no IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, no RGB illuminated Razer Chroma Logo on the back, no Qi Wireless charging, and so on.

Specs
  • 5.7-inch QHD (2560×1440), 120Hz UltraMotion
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with integrated custom vapor chamber cooling
  • 8GB RAM
  • 64GB expandable storage, up to 2TB
  • Dual 12MP + 12MP main camera with PDAF
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat, upgradable to Android Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, Dual front-facing stereo speakers, USB-C, Side-mounted FPS, Quick Charge 4+, NFC, etc.

Unfortunately, finding a new brand new Razer Phone is an uphill task, but the company is selling some refurbished units via its official store priced at just $350.

Buy Razer Phone (Factory Refurbished)

Sharp Aquos R3

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Japan’s Sharp isn’t such a popular smartphone brand in the west, but they do make some interesting devices occasionally. The Sharp Aquos R3 is one such device that caught our attention with its 120Hz refresh rate on a dual-notch display screen.

Yes, besides the impressive 120Hz refresh rate, the Aquos R3, for some reason, has a display screen with a notch at the top and bottom – the former houses the selfie camera while the latter surrounds the fingerprint scanner that also doubles as the home button.

The rest of the specs are what you’d expect in any high-end 2019 smartphone, including things like Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, a dual-lens main camera, Qi Wireless charging, and so on.

Specs
  • 6.2-inch QHD+ (3120×1440) Pro IGZO LCD display, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB expandable storage, up to 512GB
  • Dual-lens main camera: 12.2MP (f/1.7, 78°) + 20MP (f/2.4, 125°)
  • 16.3MP front camera
  • 3200mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Front-mounted fingerprint scanner, 11W Qi wireless charging, etc.

Being a Japan-focused device, it might never reach American shores, but in the event it does, we’ll update this post with pricing and availability details.

Sharp-Aquos-R2-Compact

This should also be partly true for the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact above, which, as the name suggests, has a compact 5.2-inch 1080p display screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and the same dual-notch design as its R3 counterpart. But since it comes from 2018, it has year-old hardware in Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, a single main camera, a 2500mAh battery, and so on.

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