A key ingredient for a smooth gaming experience is the refresh rate of the display. While high-refresh-rate screens were a thing of gaming PCs, the trend has slowly crossed over to mobile phones. From 90Hz, the flagships of the industry have moved to 120Hz this year. You got handsets like iPhone 11 series, S20 series, OnePlus 8 Pro, and more. The obvious next step is 144Hz and there are already a few candidates out there.
While we have a dedicated article on everything you need to know about the high-refresh-rate tech, just know that higher the refresh rate (measured in Hertz/Hz), the display will refresh the on-screen image or content that much faster. Everything will seem smooth and snappier to you. You’ll feel less eye fatigue.
At the same time, this comes at the cost of battery life. Moreover, there is not much content available to leverage the 144Hz, so most videos and games might stick to a lower frame per second.
But all that’s not going to stop the trend of high-refresh-rate displays on smartphones, at least in the case of flagships for now. The brands will market it as a USP and milk it as much as possible.
Currently, Snapdragon 865, Snapdragon 765, and MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chips support 144Hz refresh rate displays. So, the devices mentioned below will be running on any of these three. Having cleared that, let’s get down to the list itself.
Best Phones with 144HZ refresh rate displays
1. Nubia RedMagic 5G
Nubia RedMagic is the company’s crown-jewel catered to gamers. As such, you get a buttery-smooth 144Hz display on the face along with a 300Hz sampling rate. This should result in a minimal touch input latency during gameplay.
It is powered by Snapdragon 865 and is 5G-capable. The internals also includes up to 16GB of RAM and speedy 256GB UFS 3.0 storage. Nubia RedMagic carries a 4,500mAh battery that supports a 55W fast charger. Being a gaming machine, it is equipped with a rotating fan for active cooling, touch-sensitive shoulder buttons, side pins for further docking, and much more.
Display: 6.65-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (144Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865G octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 16GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10| Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP| Front camera: 12MP | Weight: 218g | Dimensions: 168.56 × 78× 9.75 mm |Battery: 4500mAh
2. iQOO Neo 3
This top-brass phone from the Vivo sub-brand has the components that make a premium-grade phone. A 144Hz screen is one such attraction of it.
Under the hood, iQOO Neo 3 gets Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and a 4500mAh battery. The phone supports a 44W fast charger. Rest, it also Android 10 software, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers, Dual-mode 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and USB Type-C.
Display: 6.57-inch Full HD+ IPS (144Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10| Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP| Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 198.1g | Dimensions: 163.71 x 75.55 x 8.93 mm |Battery: 4500mAh
3. Nubia Play
Nubia Play 5G is the second Nubia gaming phone with a 144Hz screen on this list. That panel facilitates a 240Hz touch sampling rate.
It’s a watered-down version of the former. Thus, it ships with the Snapdragon 765G, up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, and 5100mAh battery with 30W snappy charging support. It also retains the capacitive shoulder triggers and dual-mode 5G support found on the RedMagic.
Display: 6.65-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (144Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 8GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP| Front camera: 12MP | Weight: 210g | Dimensions: 171.7 x 78.5 x 9.1 mm |Battery: 5100mAh
4. iQoo Z1 5G
iQoo Z1 5G has an IPS LCD panel with 144Hz variable refresh rate and a punch hole for the selfie camera. Core config is powerful enough to entice gamers – there is MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus chipset that’s paired with up to 8GB RAM and up to256GB of storage.
The handset supports 44W fast charging and there is a 48MP rear camera in the lead. The latest connectivity options like Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 are supported. This is also perhaps the first phone to have hardware playback support for AV1 codec.
Display: 6.67-inch Full HD+ IPS (144Hz) | Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 8GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP| Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 194.5g | Dimensions: 163.97 x 75.53 x 8.93 mm |Battery: 4500mAh
5. Lenovo Legion (expected)
This is an upcoming gaming phone from Lenovo under its Legion branding. Much of the details are scoured from various leaks and rumors floating on the web. The specs and features, we have heard are impressive nonetheless.
Needless to say, the theme of the listicle is here, ie, 144Hz display. This is will be backed by a 270Hz touch sampling rate. Like most of the phones in this list, this one’s also said to helm a Snapdragon 865 silicon. Then there are things like UFS 3.0 internal storage, LPDDR5 RAM, and 5000mAh battery with 90W wired dual fast charging support.
Best 144Hz display phones in 2020
The industry is slowly picking up this display metric. Since we have got a lot many 90Hz and 120Hz phones, it won’t be too long before we see a swarm of 144Hz phones. At least, that’s what we look forward to in the flagship phones.
List of best phones with 144Hz display in 2020
Starting Price (in Rupees)
Nubia Red Magic 5G
|~ Rs. 40,000|
iQoo Neo 3
|~ Rs. 29,900|
|~ Rs. 26,000|
iQoo Z1 5G
|~ Rs. 23,399|