90Hz vs 60Hz displays: do people actually see the difference?

As tech enthusiasts, we can clearly see the difference a 90Hz refresh rate makes on the OnePlus 7 Pro and its gorgeous display. But can normal people see the difference without knowing about it? Can they tell the difference between a 90Hz and a 60Hz display?
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52 Comments

1. shield

Posts: 824; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

120Hz is better

7. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Yes, ipad pro has it. It’s noticeable

11. vgking9699

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Loving my 144hz laptop lol

22. RayrayRay

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 01, 2019

Sony has a TV set that has a 240 refresh rate Don't tell me that anyone can see it !

28. rubyonrails3

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I doubt that is true.

48. XyAzario

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 15, 2019

I'm in love with my 360Hz 2025 Galaxy phone.

2. User123456789

Posts: 666; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

People celebrate 90 when other brands use 120 for years

16. yalokiy

Posts: 923; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Which smartphones had 120hz for years besides razer phone?

29. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 589; Member since: May 26, 2011

Sharp Aquos R3, Sharp Aquos Crystal, Sony XZ Premium, Sony Xperia 1, Razor Phone, Razor Phone 2 to name a few.

36. gavilan355

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

you and the other person are wrong, phone companies haven't been making 120hz screens for "years" only recently. All the phones you mentioned either came out this year and the oldest is the Sony Xperia 1 which came out 2 years ago - which doesn't qualify as coming out "years ago" also the Sharp Aquos Crystal did not have a 120hz screen

51. Matte_Black13

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Actually by being plural (2) the phones has in fact been using 120Hz for YEARS, so it's applicable.

41. matistight

Posts: 956; Member since: May 13, 2009

We have gone over this many times. Sharp phones aren't in the US. Sony phones can do 120hz, but have it disabled. Razer Phone and the 2 have 120hz, but the 1st was weakkkkkk. Haven't tested the 2 though.

44. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The XZ premium didnt have it able to be enabled, or on by default. You had to run a modified kernel - and those that tried it said the results were inconsistent as it only worked on 1080P.. so I would debunk that one. Maybe the correct statement for that phone would be "120hz capable"....

46. yalokiy

Posts: 923; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Phones that can do it but have it disabled don't count.

47. yalokiy

Posts: 923; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Sharp Aquos R3 = released in 2019 just a month or two ago. Sharp Aquos Crystal = it doesn't have it. Sony XZ Premium = disabled, doesn't count. Sony Xperia 1 = released in 2019 Razor Phone = I've mentioned it already Razor Phone 2 = less than one year old

30. rubyonrails3

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

People don't like LCD much in smartphones nowadays so yes it's thing to rejoice on 90Hz on AMOLED.

3. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

There's an obvious difference when using 90hz but if it will make me a wall-hugger, forget it. I can do my documents and take calls in regular fps so this 90hz should be a feature for most buyers.

42. matistight

Posts: 956; Member since: May 13, 2009

Wall hugger? I notice a 5-10% battery difference when having 90hz on. Not wall hugger material. Plus with Warp charging, more like wall slapper than a hugger.

4. afrohoxha

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Victor told us Samsung should replace s-pen with a 90 hz display.

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

90Hz vs 60Hz displays: do people actually see the difference? They do, end of discussion.

10. Bankz

Posts: 2514; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Meh, only when you out them side by side. But even still, 120hz is where it's at, if at all.

18. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

"Where it is" is at your limit and that is not 90, 120, 240 etc. most of the people can see a real diference even at 300+ Hz. 120 is pathetic compared to what you can actually see. This is what you can safely say, bigger number = better.

43. matistight

Posts: 956; Member since: May 13, 2009

If you can't see the difference in 90hz, you may be intoxicated. Even then, you can tell the difference.

26. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1313; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

60Hz should be default system setting and anything higher should only be used when it matters. Right now it really only matters in gaming but only if the higher refresh rate can be consistently maintained.

32. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The OnePlus 7 Pro dynamically changes based on what you're doing if I'm not mistaken. Still averaging 6 and a half and up of screen on time with no added efforts on my part.

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1198; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

There's a difference between 90hz and 60hz but it's not as significant as going from 60hz to 120hz. 120hz is were it's at.

8. DFranch

Posts: 526; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I switched to 60hz right off the bat. I'd rather have the extra battery life.

31. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 589; Member since: May 26, 2011

The 90hz refresh is more like gimmick because there's very little support for it at this time.

33. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I leave mine on 90hz and still get over 6 and a half hours SOT daily and got over 8 yesterday. Adaptive brightness and the auto screen resolution switch will keep the lights on.

9. Jason2k13

Posts: 1451; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

There is a difference, but to the public 90% won't notice the difference unless you point it out it becomes to 50%.
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