OnePlus’ next smartphone will come with a 120Hz display, making it even more buttery smooth to use than the 90Hz OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro along with a heap of Android rivals and the iPhone 11 series that only offer 60Hz panels, the manufacturer confirmed. In fact, its CEO – Pete Lau – went so far as to say it “will be the best smartphone display in 2020″. Lau added: “We believe that the smoothest smartphone display must also be able to deliver a superior visual quality and viewing comfort. We’re sure that OnePlus’s new 120Hz Fluid Display will be the best you’ll lay eyes on in 2020.”
OnePlus said it’s worked with Korean tech giant Samsung to develop the OLED display for its next flagship. Additionally, the Shenzhen firm has noted it’s also focused on improving the animations of its OxygenOS skin that’ll be key in delivering a smooth experience for Android users going forward.
OnePlus is also intending to leverage a custom motion chip that could ensure videos support 120Hz by adding extra frames to them. The technology in question may work similarly to the motion smoothing feature that’s long been available on most TVs.
Explaining the functionality, OnePlus stated: “After numerous system optimisations, many major apps will now be able to take full advantage of the new 120Hz refresh rate. But, for videos, there’s an additional hurdle. Most video content is still produced at either 24fps or 30fps, with a small portion of content in 60fps.
“To address this problem, we’re including MEMC technology to deliver smoother video playback. MEMC is a technology featured in high-end TVs that uses real-time algorithmic adjustments to insert additional frames to a video file, enabling something shot at 24 or 30fps to play at 60 or even 120fps.”
Finally, OnePlus said the display used in its next handset can achieve a peak brightness of 1000 nits for HDR content. For reference, Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro can hit a peak brightness of 1,290 nits.
Smartphone displays used to be all about resolution, but now things seem to be turning to refresh rate. Gaming devices like the Razer Phone and original Asus ROG led the charge with higher refresh rate displays back in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
OnePlus released its first phone with a high refresh rate display – the OnePlus 7 Pro – back in May last year. A number of other Android devices from the likes of Google, Oppo and Realme also tote similar panels.
So why are high refresh rate displays all the rage these days? Well, you really have to use a 90Hz or 120Hz screen to see why. In a nutshell though, using a device feels smoother, more responsive and faster overall.
Of course, 120Hz panels refresh more often than a 90Hz one, meaning they’re even more pleasing to use.
Although OnePlus hasn’t confirmed as such, the firm’s next smartphone series is expected to be called the OnePlus 8 and come in three models: the OnePlus 8 Lite, OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.
The OnePlus 8 Lite is tipped to be a more affordable device from the Shenzhen firm and could be used to compete with budget offerings from the likes of Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi.
Each OnePlus 8 flavour has been tipped to ditch any kind of pop-up camera mechanism in favour of a hole punch cutout à la Galaxy S10.
Of course, the Chinese tech giant is anticipated to pack its most premium OnePlus 8 model with the latest and greatest specs in the form of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor and copious amounts of RAM.
Assuming the tech giant follows tradition, we could see the OnePlus 8 series revealed in May. Of course, Express.co.uk will keep you up to date with any announcements from the Chinese tech giant.