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Poll: Would you buy a phone without a high refresh rate screen?

Are phones without a high refresh rate automatically a no-go for you?
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April 4, 2023
OnePlus Nord N20 display profile in hand
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It’s almost impossible to buy a high-end smartphone in 2023 without a high refresh rate screen. However, Apple remains the sole holdout in this regard with its standard iPhone models, and it looks like this trend could continue until 2025.

Things get a little murkier when you look at mid-range segments and below, but you can still find a variety of cheap Android phones with high refresh rates.

So with all that in mind, we wanted to know whether you’d buy a smartphone without a high refresh rate screen (90Hz or higher). You can give us your answer via the poll below and leave a comment if you want to elaborate on your choice.

Would you buy a phone without a high refresh rate screen?

1385 votes

We completely understand why you wouldn’t buy a phone without a high refresh rate screen. The tech allows for smoother animations and gaming, making for a more fluid experience. This increased refresh rate does come at the expense of increased power consumption, though. Then again, all phones with a high refresh rate display give you the option of dialing down to a standard 60Hz refresh rate to save power.

There are a few reasons why people might not want a phone with a 120Hz or 90Hz screen, though. Some users simply can’t tell the difference so don’t care if their screen has a high refresh rate. Other people might value features such as the screen type (e.g. OLED), cameras, or horsepower over the refresh rate.