The snappy refresh rate on OnePlus’ smartphones is about to get even snappier. In an announcement on the company’s forum, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau shared some details about the 120 Hz display tech you can expect to see on upcoming OnePlus handsets.
Moving forward from the 90 Hz display that has made the OnePlus 7 Pro so popular, Lau revealed a 120 Hz screen that is “likely” to be featured on “at least one of the phones in the OnePlus 8 series” (we’d be willing to bet it’ll be in the 8 Pro). Going further, he says it’s going to be the best smartphone display you’ll be able to get your hands on in 2020—a bold claim, but we believe it.
After shaking things up with its existing 90 Hz Fluid Display, OnePlus is looking to set the bar even higher for rival smartphone makers. The company’s new 120 Hz AMOLED display is being developed in cooperation with Samsung and it has more than just a higher refresh rate to brag about, though that would be plenty to warrant our interest.
Along with boosting the refresh rate by 30 cycles per second for an even smoother experience than the OnePlus 7 series, the new 120 Hz display uses an exclusive optimization technique to render single frames seven percent faster. OnePlus has also boosted the touch sampling rate to 240 Hz so the touchscreen doesn’t just look more responsive, but feels more responsive as well.
The new screen is also equipped with the latest-generation organic light-emitting materials that offer a peak brightness of more than 1000 nits as well as a longer lifespan. And it has a best-in-class JNCD (“Just Noticeable Color Difference”) rating of less than 0.8. By comparison, the company notes that current professional displays have a JNCD of less than 2, with some higher-end models achieving a JNCD below 1.
For raw specifications, OnePlus says you can expect support for 10-bit color, providing 1,024 shades of each primary color and 1.07 billion possible colors, or 64 times the amount of colors that today’s mainstream smartphones are capable of showing. And because the company has added 30 seconds to the production time of its new display, it will come fully calibrated for color accuracy.
But wait, there’s more. OnePlus is also looking to borrow the MEMC technology found in higher-end televisions that can algorithmically insert extra frames into video content. Most videos are shot at 24 or 30 frames per second and the motion interpolation tech can boost this to 60 or even 120 frames per second.
This is generally pretty demanding on system resources but OnePlus has come up with a hardware-based solution that boosts efficiency. Adding MEMC tech might be the most controversial feature on OnePlus’ new display, considering the fact that it hasn’t been the biggest hit on TVs because it changes the way content was originally meant to be viewed. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting addition to what seems like a stellar display, with or without MEMC being implemented.
The OnePlus 8 series is expected to launch in the US sometime this year and rumor has at least one model will arrive as a Verizon exclusive and may be equipped with 5G connectivity.