Recently, the concept of screen refresh rate has been on fire, with high screen refresh rates becoming a selling point for flagship phones, such as the 90Hz refresh rate that became popular in the second half of this year and the 120Hz refresh rate that some flagships are said to be next year. In theory, the 90Hz refresh rate screen can generate 90 frames in a second, making your phone more fluid to display animation than the traditional 60Hz refresh rate.
But on the phone screen, can the user feel this increase in refresh rate? Recently, themedia Android Authority conducted user tests on phones with 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rates, and found that most people couldn’t tell the difference between a 90Hz refresh rate screen and a 60Hz refresh rate screen.
The test method was simple and crude: themedia selected ten smartphone users to take part in the test and sent them two sets of phones, one with a 60Hz refresh rate screen and the other a 90Hz refresh rate screen.
To make the test as fair as possible, the testers installed the same wallpaper and app for the phones, with a brightness of 100%. Each participant first uses two different refresh rate phones of the same brand, and then changes a brand, the same two different refresh rate products.
The test result is that few people can tell the difference between the 60Hz refresh rate screen and the 90Hz refresh rate screen.
Of course, the result is not surprising. Most people don’t see an increase in animation smoothness and smoothness on the 90Hz refresh rate screen, because the increase from 60Hz to 90Hz refresh rate is not a big jump, at least not with a 120Hz increase. In addition, the size of the display, the distance between the screen and the user’s eyes, affects speed perception. In other words, the smartphone screen isn’t big enough, and we’re too close to using it every day.
In addition, the testers believe that these users do not spend long using the device during the test, and if the device is used for more than 10 minutes, the user may get used to displaying the speed and then go back to the 60Hz refresh rate screen to feel the difference.
In fact, the recent discussion around the mobile phone screen refresh rate also has a lot of, some people think that high-end mobile phone of course need a higher screen refresh rate to support a smoother viewing and better gaming experience. Opponents argue that mobile screens don’t need to over-pursue this performance, and that it doesn’t make sense to sacrifice the cost of increasing refresh rates.
A few months ago, the Phone Arena also tested the difference sq. 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rate experiences, showing two phones with different refresh rates side by side to 10 ordinary people, asking them for a few minutes and then asking them what the two screens look like.
The phoneArena gets mostly around color, resolution, clarity, and more, with only 1 person saying the transition for a phone 7 Pro looks smoother.
In the second test, the Phone Arena provided the subjects with only one phone, only allowing them to scroll up and down in the calendar app, changing the screen refresh rate setting about a minute later (which was not visible to those who took the test) and then let the phone roll for a minute.
The end result was that 5 people said they would feel the difference in fluency, while the remaining 5 still saw no difference between 60Hz and 90Hz. For this test, PhoneArena says it can’t give an exact answer. Perhaps some testers do feel the difference in fluency, but are not consciously aware of the positive impact of higher refresh rates.