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.

Also Read: What makes high refresh rate displays draw excessive battery?

Best Phones with 144Hz refresh rate displays

1. Asus ROG Phone 3

ROG Phone 3 might be an iterative upgrade, but one with the right amount of newness. Take the display, for instance, the latest entrant sports a 144Hz display, which is a jump from 120Hz panel on the predecessor. High speed refresh aside, this is a 6.59-inch AMOLED screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 2340×1080 (391ppi) resolution, 270Hz touch sampling rate, and 25ms touch latency. It is HDR10+ compliant too.

Additionally, this happens to be the first phone to launch with Snapdragon 865 Plus. Rest, you get up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and 6000mAh battery inside. The rear camera setup accommodates a 64MP main camera, coupled with a 13MP ultrawide, and 5MP macro. Meanwhile, the front shooter is a 24MP sensor.

It also brings the gaming flair in the form of buoyant accessories, buttons, and software elements.

Specifications

Display: 6.59-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (144Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ octa-core CPU  | RAM: up to 16GB| Storage: up to 512GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 5MP| Front camera: 24MP | Weight: 240g | Dimensions: 171 x 78 x 9.9 mm | Battery: 6000mAh

2. 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.

Specifications

Display: 6.65-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (144Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 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

Additionally, Nubia Red Magic 5S is a worthy alternative.

3. 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.

ALSO READ: Vivo iQOO 3 vs Xiaomi Mi 10 vs OnePlus 8 Comparison

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 5GWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and USB Type-C.

Specifications

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

4. Nubia Play 5G

 

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.

Specifications

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

5. iQoo Z1 5G 

iQoo Z1 5G has an IPS LCD panel with a 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

Specifications

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

6. Lenovo Legion Phone Duel

Lenovo Legion

This first phone from the Legion branding parades with a 144Hz display. It’s an FHD+ (2,340×1,080 pixels) AMOLED screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

Moving internally, Legion Phone Duel houses a Snapdragon 865 Plus chip along with up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, 5000mAh battery with fast 90W charger support. The cameras include a 64MP + 16MP (ultrawide) rear stack and a side-popping 20MP selfie snapper. Lenovo has stowed in a bunch of hardware and software goodies for enticing gamers.

Specifications

Display: 6.65-inch Full HD+ AMOLED (144Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ octa-core CPU  | RAM: up to 16GB| Storage: up to 512GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP + 16MP| Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 239g | Dimensions: 169.2 x 78.5 x 9.9 mm | Battery: 5000mAh

7. Xiaomi Mi 10T

Mi 10T Pro flaunts a 6.67-inch 144Hz LCD display. It is of FHD+ resolution and comes with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. In the left-corner hole resides the phone’s 20MP selfie snapper.

The back cam stack consists of a 108MP shooter, followed by a 13MP ultrawide lens, and a 5MP macro module.

Xiaomi has given a Snapdragon 865 chip, along with up to 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. Other features of the phone include Android 10 based MIUI 12, expandable storage, 5G, Bluetooth 5, dual-band WiFi, USB-C, 33W fast charging support, and a massive 5000mAh battery.

Specifications

Display: 6.67-inch Full HD+ LCD (144Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU  | RAM: up to 8GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 108MP + 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 218g | Dimensions: 165.1 x 76.4 x 9.3 mm | Battery: 5000mAh

ALSO READ: Xiaomi tests 144Hz refresh rate on Redmi K30 5G Display

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

Phone 

Starting Price (in Rupees)

Asus ROG Phone 3

Rs. 49,999

Nubia RedMagic 5G

~ Rs. 40,000

iQoo Neo 3

~ Rs. 29,900

Nubia Play 

~ Rs. 26,000

iQoo Z1 5G

~ Rs. 23,399

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 

~ Rs. 51,750

Xiaomi Mi 10T

~ Rs. 51,570

 

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